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Jay-Z, Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Acquire CGC Parent Certified Collectibles Group: Blackstone announced Thurs, June 1 that it will acquire a majority stake in the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) in a transaction valuing the company at more than $500 million. Mark Salzberg, CCG’s founder, and Steven R. Eichenbaum, CCG’s CEO, will retain a significant minority stake.
CCG’s leadership team will remain in place, combining their experience with Blackstone’s extensive resources.
Mark Salzberg, founder of CCG, said: “When I established CCG, I had a vision that we would transform collectibles into an asset class that is trusted by collectors, dealers, and investors around the world. It has been incredible to be a part of this journey as we achieved and then exceeded these goals. I am excited to join with Blackstone as we enter the next phase of growth for CCG and the collectibles market.” Read the full press release here.
Steve Cohen Group Buys Sports-Collectible Shop Goldin Auctions: An investment group led by hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen is buying Goldin Auctions, the largest auction house for sports collectibles.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, though the current owners of Goldin Auctions will get equity in the acquiring firm, according to Chief Executive Officer Ross Hoffman. Read more.
Maximum Plunder 2nd Edition Now Available for Sale: On July 1st, the second edition of Maximum Plunder became available for purchase in both regular and limited editions (which include one of eight randomly chosen prints of some of Mike King’s more desirable posters).
Maximum Plunder is both an art and history book. It showcases more than 1000 of King’s works, and tells the story of an accidental career in art and marketing that spans nearly four decades, as well as showing the landscape of live music in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”
Maximum Plunder is available online only. Read more HERE.
Katy Perry Announces Exclusive Global NFT Collaboration And Investment In Theta Network – Katy Perry has announced the launch of her first range of NFT’s for her fans worldwide.
The singer has partnered up with Theta Network to create the non-fungible tokens which will celebrate her ‘Play’ residency at the New Resorts World Casino in Vegas this December. Read more.
Funko Music Reveals – Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Elvis, BTS, and More – Funko’s Popapalooza event ended with the reveal of an assortment of music-themed Pop Vinyls. Previously, they’d revealed music-themed Pops featuring John Lennon, Boyz II Men, Green Day, TLC, Jimi Hendrix, and others.
Fans can check out the previous set of Popapalooza reveals right here with pre-orders live for each of them here. On the final day of the new event, Funko dropped Pop music bundle sets featuring BTS and Pearl Jam. Other reveals include new TLC Pops, Jimi Hendrix, Iron Maiden, and more.
- July 9 – 11: PopCon (Indianapolis, Indiana)
- July 17 – 18: Comicpalooza (Houston, Texas)
- July 18: Simi Valley Toy and Comic Fest (Simi Valley, California)
- July 23 – 25: Comic-Con International: San Diego (Online only)
- July 23 – 25: London Film & Comic Con (London, England)
- July 23 – 25: Torpedo Collectors Con (Los Angeles, California)
- July 24 – 25: Tupelo ComicCon (Belden, Missouri)
- July 24 – 25: Gem City Comic Con (Dayton, Ohio)
- July 24 – July 25: Savannah Mega Comic-Con (Savannah, Georgia)
- July 29 – Aug 1: GalaxyCon Raleigh (Raleigh, North Carolina)
- July 30 – Aug 1: Tampa Bay Comic Convention (Tampa, Florida)
CGC Announces a Private Signing with Tony Fleecs & Trish Forstner – CGC has announced a Private Signing with Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner, the team behind Stray Dogs. In addition to signatures, Fleecs and Forstner are offering Remarques based on their work on the Stray Dogs book. For their duo Remarque, they will be sketching your favorite characters from any of their books OR personalized images of fans’ pets.
All submissions must be received by CGC no later than Thursday, September 30, 2021, to qualify for this private signing event. No change requests will be accepted after Thursday, September 30, 2021.
After Fleecs and Forstner sign the submitted books, CGC will grade and encapsulate them. Estimated turnaround time is six weeks. Get more details HERE.
CGC Welcomes Comic Book Artist Andrew Robinson for a Private Signing Event – CGC has announced that they will be teaming up with comic book artist Andrew Robinson for an exclusive Private Signing event.
Andrew Robinson has worked for every major comic publisher and gaming company in the industry and has gained wide recognition for his work on Batman, Hawkman, and Star Wars. He has also produced numerous covers for DC titles such as Superman, Secret Six, Faces of Evil, and Vigilante.
All submissions must be received by CGC no later than Friday, July 30, 2021, to qualify for this private signing event. No change requests will be accepted after Friday, July 30, 2021. Get all the details HERE.
CGC Hosts Legendary Pencillier Dan Panosian for a Private Signing Event – CGC will be hosting acclaimed comic and storybook artist Dan Panosian, who is known for his work on Captain America, Batman, Spider-Man, and Thor.
Panosian was also the lead creative head on a DreamWorks video game about animals that embody the spirit of Kung-Fu, which caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and became the catalyst for the beloved Kung-Fu Panda series.
All submissions must be received by CGC no later than Friday, July 30, 2021, to qualify for this private signing event. No change requests will be accepted after Friday, July 30, 2021. Learn more HERE.
James Tynion IV, Martin Simmonds, Werther Dell’Edera & Jorge Jiménez CBCS Mail-In Signing – Event information: James Tynion IV – $30, Martin Simmonds – $20, Werther Dell’Edera – $20, Jorge Jiménez – $25. Batman #100 and up are $30 each.
Prices are per signature, per book, and do not include grading fees. Books should be mailed to:
1078 Wyoming Ave #145
Wyoming, PA 18644
Books must be in hand by 7/31.