If you're a serious sports card collector, then you know just how quickly the hobby can change. From new products and sets to trends in collecting, it's never been more important to stay up-to-date with industry news. That's why we here at Sports Cards Direct are thrilled to share our Q3 update for 2023! The past few months have seen tons of exciting developments surrounding the Hobby and the company - from new Hobby products to smashing our targets - and we can't wait to break them all down for you as we dig into the latest updates. So grab your collection binder, pretend your hot coffee is a rare holographic foil rookie card, and let’s dive right into the world of collectible trading cards and see what we've been up to.


Firstly, we would like to introduce the newest addition to our crack team of experts here at Sports Cards Direct: the one and only Toby! A Jedi master of videography and filmmaking, Toby brings a whole new level of skill to the table, not to mention an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Star Wars. Sure, he may not be the greatest Fortnite player out there (sorry Toby), but when it comes to bringing the magic of video to life, he's practically unstoppable. With his passion for long walks and love of producing amazing content for his YouTube channel, Toby is the perfect fit for our marketing team. With Toby on our side, the possibilities for creating standout content are endless.


Furthermore, by adding our newest member to the team, we're officially upping our game and taking our video content to the next level. From now on, you can expect more interactive content that's engaging, immersive, and downright awesome.


Now that's out of the way, let's move on to a more serious note which is the rise of the sports trading card industry in the last few months, with constant new product releases and expanding hobby communities. This is great news for avid collectors and investors alike, as it means there are more opportunities to take advantage of. 


The introduction of fresh and innovative sports card collections, like the 2023 Topps UEFA Club Competitions - Inception, 2022 Topps F1 Chrome, and 2022 Topps F1 Dynasty, have captured the attention of the public and reignited their passion for the Hobby. This has led to a surge in demand for trading cards and has seen many individuals and investors alike flocking to acquire premium cards. The widespread excitement around these new products has created a positive impact in the industry, driving up sales and increasing collector engagement. This trend is expected to continue in the coming months, with even more exciting releases on the horizon. With the vibrant ecosystem fostered by this growth, there is no doubt that the trading card industry is going from strength to strength.


We have been able to cater to the growing demand for trading cards and expand our inventory to include even more collectibles. It has been exciting to see the enthusiastic response from our customers, who have provided us with an abundance of positive feedback about our product range. The surge in sales has also allowed us to invest in more resources and offer better deals to our loyal customers. Importantly, we have noticed that many new customers have been introduced to our company through trading cards, and we are confident that our continued focus in this area will only lead to further growth and success. As a result of this, we've expanded our packing department to keep up with high demand of orders and to maintain our high standards.


Also, our current office and warehouse just can't contain all the awesomeness that we've been exuding lately. So, we're on the hunt for a brand spanking new headquarters that can keep up with our growth. We're talking about a state-of-the-art facility with all the trimmings - maybe a ping pong table or two, a putting green and a built-in espresso machine (we can dream, can't we?). We're excited to be embarking on this new adventure and can't wait to see what's in store for our future. Stay tuned for updates on our quest for a new home!


Moreover, our first time attending the National Sport Collectors Convention was an absolute blast! From the moment we walked in, we could feel the excitement bubbling over. The atmosphere was electric with fellow card enthusiasts buzzing around, eyes aglow with the thrill of the hunt. And let us tell you, this was no small-time affair. This was the biggest card show of the year, the World Cup of the collecting world. We spent the week hobnobbing with other collectors, swapping stories and tips, and gaining a newfound appreciation for the US card scene. We even made some contacts who turned out to be lifelong friends. All in all, our first NSCC was everything we could have hoped for and more and we will definitely be coming back to attend more shows in the near future.


Lastly, we're super excited to announce that Card Con is coming back for the second time in 2024! And this time, we're going big with even bigger sponsors from all over the UK and internationally. We're also scaling up the venue, so get ready for an even crazier and all-encompassing Card Con experience. We're talking about a massive increase in vendors, so you'll have even more opportunities to shop for your favourite card games. And for those who are more interested in getting hands-on with the games, expect interactive activities throughout the weekend, designed to take your experience to the next level. Plus, we'll be giving away tons of prizes and goodies throughout the event, so come through and make sure you don't miss out! Card Con is going to be the place to be in 2024. 

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