The Mint Collective Wants to Shape the Future of Sports Cards and Memorabilia

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For those involved in the trading card hobby, the past 18 months have been quite a ride. Mainstream media attention from countless record-breaking multi-million dollar sales led many former collectors back to the pastime they loved so much as children. Those who never left were rewarded with a huge spike in the value of their existing collections. 

With all the additional attention in the space, new platforms and technology began to emerge. Some gave collectors the ability to rip open packs of cards, or join a “break” at any time. Others made it possible to purchase small percentages of high-valued rare assets, such as this iconic Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps rookie card. Grading companies saw their backlogs of cards grow into the millions, forcing PSA to shut down most of their submission levels while they attempted to get caught up. This past July, the National Sports Card Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, saw record turnouts. 

In short, trading cards and collectibles have solidified their presence as a viable mainstream alternative asset—and the space is growing daily. With all this change and growth comes the need for new and exciting opportunities to network. Case in point: During the upcoming NFL Conference Championship Sunday, there's something huge brewing in the hobby. 

From January 28th to 30th, 2022, the trading card and collectibles community will descend on the Las Vegas Strip for the Mint Collective, a gathering never before seen in the hobby. 

What Is the Mint Collective?

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The Mint Collective is a three-day event organized by IMG and Collectable, and sponsored by eBay, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and the state-of-the-art UFC APEX. Its aim is to unite collectors and investors while celebrating the past and evolution of the hobby. 

The schedule of events is next-level, with speakers such as UFC President Dana White, StockX co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of Fanatics’ new trading card venture, Josh Luber, and hobby legend Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions.

Click here for all of the details of these exciting "Mint Signature Sessions."

Card & Memorabilia Marketplace & The Collectors’ Carnival

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Aside from the all-star cast of speakers, attendees will have an opportunity to take part in the event’s Mint Collector's Carnival, live from the floor of the MGM Grand, from 9am to 7pm on Saturday, January 29th, as well as 9am to 12pm on Sunday, January 30th. Also of note, that day is NFL Championship Sunday, and we can think of no better place to watch two teams punch their ticket to the Super Bowl than the Las Vegas Strip!

The marketplace will have major card show vibes, as well as interactive experiences, opportunities to network with hobby influencers, watch live breaks, submit cards to be graded, and take part in raffles and chances to win some amazing giveaways. 

On Saturday night, the UFC APEX will host the “ultimate collectors' paradise,” during which Dana White will speak to the crowd and attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet some top UFC fighters. This event will also feature live music, food trucks, signature cocktails and “exclusive drops.” 

How Can I Get Tickets?

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Tickets are currently available for purchase here, with prices to fit everyone’s budget. 

The “Mint Base” tickets are just $15 and include a one-day marketplace ticket for either Saturday or Sunday. 

The “Green Parallel” tickets are $99 and include marketplace access for Saturday and Sunday, as well as early access on both days, a commemorative ticket or poster, and a special MGM Grand room rate.  

“Gold Parallel” tickets are $349 and include everything in the “Green Parallel” package, as well as entrance to the Friday evening cocktail reception at the MGM Grand, access to a MINT25 Live auction and exclusive autograph opportunities.

The premier package is called “Mint Signature," which costs $999 and is unlike anything I have ever seen before in the hobby. It includes everything stated in the “Gold Parallel” package as well as access to the Saturday evening UFC APEX event, entrance to every thought leadership panel and a commemorative gift bag. So if you want to meet all the UFC fighters and be in attendance to hear Dana White, Josh Luber and the rest of the Mint Collective’s all-star cast of speakers, this is the only package for you. 

* There is currently a limited time offer where anyone who buys a MINT Signature Badge ($999) gets $550 in free Beckett (BGS) grading vouchers. Click here for more information.

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