We’ve seen you all work with Power 5 QBs like Stetson Bennett and J.J. McCarthy. Are there any new players/teams in the works that fans can look forward to?
AP: We have a lot of new products coming out. The next two products to release will be Cincinnati and Utah Football. Also, we are working on some college basketball autograph cards that we are really excited to get started on.
Do you care to talk about some challenges you all have faced as entrepreneurs so far? More importantly, how have you all overcome these obstacles?
AP: The biggest obstacle we face is the constantly changing landscape of name, image, and likeness (NIL). The NCAA has basically left this entire area now unregulated. Time management is another challenge. For the first year and a half, it was the three of us doing all the work. We did everything from social media, growing the brand, making the deals, and physically picking/packing the orders. Now that we have full time employees, it’s an additional challenge to manage and motivate them to help grow the company. As far as NIL, we overcome it by constantly monitoring the landscape and reading almost anything containing NIL to stay up to date. For time management, we try every day to push ourselves in the areas we see the greatest returns. Lastly, with employees, we try and communicate on a daily basis, so everyone is on the same page.
What does the future look like for The Players Trunk?
AP: In the future, we will continue to be the leader in having a platform that college athletes can go to, to sell their gear after their eligibility is over. In addition, we can be a one-stop-shop for a current college player to market themselves in NIL. This includes hot-moment apparel, experiences, trading cards, and signed memorabilia. In addition, we are growing our licensed business with universities. We currently have over 20 deals in place and look to grow that in the future.