Gift card – Filigree Monograms http://filigreemonograms.com/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 09:40:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://filigreemonograms.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Gift card – Filigree Monograms http://filigreemonograms.com/ 32 32 Man receives missing gift card in registered envelope: Russell Township Police blotter https://filigreemonograms.com/man-receives-missing-gift-card-in-registered-envelope-russell-township-police-blotter/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 23:01:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/man-receives-missing-gift-card-in-registered-envelope-russell-township-police-blotter/ TOWNSHIP OF RUSSELL, Ohio – Suspect, Fairmount Road: A man received a letter from a family member on December 31 in a taped envelope. A gift card that the family member had sent was missing. He reported it to the post office and wanted a report on file with the police. Suspect, Chillicothe Road: After […]]]>

TOWNSHIP OF RUSSELL, Ohio –

Suspect, Fairmount Road:

A man received a letter from a family member on December 31 in a taped envelope. A gift card that the family member had sent was missing. He reported it to the post office and wanted a report on file with the police.

Suspect, Chillicothe Road:

After a man received two parcels addressed to an unknown woman at his home, he contacted the police on December 27. The woman named, who lives in Newbury Township, did not order the items. Police advised the man to have the items returned to Amazon via the UPS store in Bainbridge Township.

Disabled vehicle, Chillicothe Road:

Police were dispatched to a reported accident between two vehicles at 6 p.m. on December 24 at the Chagrin Mills intersection. Police spoke to the two drivers who were fine. An SUV driver said he swerved too far to avoid colliding with an Amazon pickup truck, causing his vehicle to crash into a ditch. The Amazon driver pulled over to help and also ended up getting his van stuck in the ditch. Both vehicles were towed without damage.

Wellness Check, Chillicothe Rd:

Officers responded to a commercial parking lot at 5.40pm on December 26 to check on a driver sitting in her vehicle who was heard saying she “hates her family”. She had left when the police arrived.

Mutual Aid, Mayfield Road:

Shortly after midnight on December 31, officers helped Chester Township Police check businesses in that area after someone broke into a gas station. More details were not available in the report.

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Google may have accidentally approved an ad for a Target gift card scam https://filigreemonograms.com/google-may-have-accidentally-approved-an-ad-for-a-target-gift-card-scam/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 00:00:21 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/google-may-have-accidentally-approved-an-ad-for-a-target-gift-card-scam/ Most of us check our gift card balances online (because who really keeps those receipts that tell us how much money we have left?), further compounding an apparent forgetfulness of Google. It appears that Google inadvertently approved a prominent ad for a fake Target gift card balance checker intended to steal your funds. A Reddit […]]]>

Most of us check our gift card balances online (because who really keeps those receipts that tell us how much money we have left?), further compounding an apparent forgetfulness of Google. It appears that Google inadvertently approved a prominent ad for a fake Target gift card balance checker intended to steal your funds.

A Reddit user on r/assholedesign discovered the slip-up when searching Google for “target gift card balance” on mobile, and discovered that the very first result was an ad titled “Check card balance -gift – Target”. Only, the site isn’t Target – it’s actually a site called “bristolhirevan”. The ad description says it will let you check your gift card balance “immediately” and also has “all sizes of vans to suit your needs” – how can you get more legitimacy than that? My colleague Sean Hollister and I found the same bogus ad while researching the exact phrase ourselves.

Ok, although the name of the site does not sound convincing at all, its interface looks like the real thing, although the real target site requires you to log in to check your gift card balance, while this fake site does not. . Besides that, the only things wrong with the webpage are the URL, which still has the domain “bristolhirevan” and the fact that every link on the page leads to Target’s real homepage, despite the promise to link to a weekly ad or giveaway registry. If you were really in a hurry (and distracted enough to ignore the mention of the vans), you might accidentally enter your gift card number and security code here, causing it to be stolen.

Gift card scams seem to be on the rise. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported that victims of gift card scams lost a total of $148 million in the first nine months of 2021, more than all of 2020 Target gift cards are apparently the cards of choice for scammers, as FTC data shows people were scammed with $35 million worth of Target gift cards last year, more than double the amount of any other. gift card brand.

As the FTC pointed out, gift card scams often take place over the phone, with the scammer posing as an employee of a company like Google or Amazon (or even someone from a federal agency) who asks the victim to make a payment in the form of a gift card. However, fake balance check sites like these often hide in plain sight, seemingly even as ads on Google.

A 2020 report from beeping computer draws attention to sites posing as Target gift card balance check pages, noting that Target is actually one of the most popular sites for scammers to replicate. The edge contacted Google with a request for comment on how this scam was able to escape its ad review process, and whether it will be removed, but did not immediately receive a response.

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ALDI will open a new Marietta store on January 20 with a chance to win a $500 gift card https://filigreemonograms.com/aldi-will-open-a-new-marietta-store-on-january-20-with-a-chance-to-win-a-500-gift-card/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:36:05 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/aldi-will-open-a-new-marietta-store-on-january-20-with-a-chance-to-win-a-500-gift-card/ ALDI announced the opening of two new stores in the Atlanta metro area: one in Marietta and another in Buford. There is a chance to win a gift card when you open: To welcome shoppers to Buford and Marietta stores and show how ALDI provides fresh, quality groceries in a convenient and efficient shopping environment, […]]]>

ALDI announced the opening of two new stores in the Atlanta metro area: one in Marietta and another in Buford.

There is a chance to win a gift card when you open:

To welcome shoppers to Buford and Marietta stores and show how ALDI provides fresh, quality groceries in a convenient and efficient shopping environment, ALDI is offering customers the chance to win a $500 ALDI Gift Card! Starting at each of the grand opening events, customers can enter the contest on-site by scanning a QR code using their mobile device.

The Marietta store is located at 249 Cobb Parkway SE and will open Thursday, January 20 after an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“ALDI has proudly served the Atlanta metro area for nearly 20 years, and our new Buford and Marietta stores are part of our continued commitment to the community,” said Shaun O’Keefe, Jefferson Regional Vice President for ALDI. “As one of America’s fastest-growing retailers, we look forward to continuing to bring local residents high-quality, low-priced fresh food to every ALDI aisle, every day.”

The opening hours of the store will be daily from 8 am to 8 pm

The opening of the two stores is part of a major expansion push in the United States, described in an ALDI press release as follows:

These new locations are part of the company’s aggressive national expansion. ALDI operates more than 2,100 stores in 37 states, with nearly 60 stores in the Atlanta market, and is on track to become the third-largest U.S. food retailer by store count by the end of 2022.

About ALDI

ALDI’s website describes the company’s history and mission as follows:

Founded by the Albrecht family, the first ALDI store opened in 1961 in Germany, making ALDI the first discounter in the world. Headquartered in Batavia, Illinois, ALDI now has more than 2,000 stores in 36 states, employs more than 25,000 people, and has grown steadily since opening its first U.S. store in Iowa in 1976.

The no-frills grocery shopping experience focuses on customers first – delivering high-quality foods they’re proud to serve their families, responsive customer service, everyday low prices, and a quick and easy shopping experience with only four to five aisles and all the essentials. We carry the weekly must-haves and display them in their designed shipping boxes to help you save time and resources restocking shelves. Shoppers will find that over 90% of the groceries we carry are under our exclusive ALDI brands, hand-selected by ALDI to ensure our products meet or exceed national brands in taste, quality and, well course, price. This means you don’t have to worry about which brand of ketchup or Greek yogurt is best, because we’ve selected the best product for you and your family. We can’t promise you will find ten choices of the same item, but we can promise you will find the best one.

Plus, we partner with a wide variety of growers – including some local farmers – to offer a wide variety of fresh, seasonal produce, including organic fruits and vegetables. From USDA Choice meats to gluten-free and organic foods, we are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products at rock-bottom prices.

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PlayStation is phasing out PS Now gift cards amid Game Pass-style service speculation https://filigreemonograms.com/playstation-is-phasing-out-ps-now-gift-cards-amid-game-pass-style-service-speculation/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 22:20:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/playstation-is-phasing-out-ps-now-gift-cards-amid-game-pass-style-service-speculation/ Following reports that PlayStation is asking UK retailers to start phasing out PS Now retail cards, PlayStation has confirmed that it is streamlining its gift card offers. According to a message sent by game store retailers to staff, UK stores have been told to remove PlayStation Now subscription cards by January 21. In a statement […]]]>

Following reports that PlayStation is asking UK retailers to start phasing out PS Now retail cards, PlayStation has confirmed that it is streamlining its gift card offers.

According to a message sent by game store retailers to staff, UK stores have been told to remove PlayStation Now subscription cards by January 21. In a statement to IGN, PlayStation said, “Overall, we are moving away from PlayStation Now Gift Cards to focus on our current value PlayStation Gift Cards, which can be redeemed for PlayStation Now.

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Xbox already offers something similar with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which bundles its Netflix-style subscription service with Xbox Live Gold and xCloud games.

According to earlier reports, PlayStation is planning three tiers, which start with online games and free monthly games, a higher tier with a Game Pass-style catalog, and an even higher tier with streaming and a larger library that includes backward compatible games.

It’s possible that both of these are true and that Sony is planning to offer a unified retail gift card (I imagine there are people who mistakenly buy a PS Now gift card when they wanted to a PS Plus gift card) as well as making room for this new online service.

Matt TM Kim is IGN’s Managing Editor. You can join it @lawoftd.

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Win a € 1,000 TUI gift card to spend on your dream vacation this summer https://filigreemonograms.com/win-a-e-1000-tui-gift-card-to-spend-on-your-dream-vacation-this-summer/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 17:34:38 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/win-a-e-1000-tui-gift-card-to-spend-on-your-dream-vacation-this-summer/ We might just ring the bell in 2022, but it’s never too early to start planning your next big vacation. And after two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions, you probably need a break more than ever. So, to help you start your New Year on the right foot, we’re giving an Irish Mirror reader […]]]>

We might just ring the bell in 2022, but it’s never too early to start planning your next big vacation.

And after two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions, you probably need a break more than ever.

So, to help you start your New Year on the right foot, we’re giving an Irish Mirror reader the chance to win a TUI £ 1,000 voucher to spend on the vacation of your choice.

Whether you dream of flying to New York, Paris or Dubai or cruising the Caribbean, we’ve got you covered.

To participate, all you need to do is enter your details in the form below.

The contest will end on Sunday February 6 at midnight. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Terms and conditions:

  • This contest ends at midnight on Sunday February 6, 2022
  • A winner will be selected at random from ALL entrants on this form after the closing date and will be contacted by email within seven days to arrange delivery
  • The winner has seven days from the date of the notification email to claim their prize. Failure to respond within seven days will result in forfeiture of the prize.
  • Prize is a € 1,000 Tui electronic gift card, details will be emailed to winner
  • The winner’s contact details will only be used to ensure that the prizes can be received.
  • Participation in the competition is limited to one entry per person. Multiple registrations will be disqualified
  • Automatic registrations, mass registrations or third party registrations will be disqualified.
  • This contest is open to residents of ROI only
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Standard Reach Plc rules apply. To find out more, visit https://www.mirror.co.uk/rules.

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Are you feeling lucky? | Psychology today https://filigreemonograms.com/are-you-feeling-lucky-psychology-today/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 02:21:54 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/are-you-feeling-lucky-psychology-today/ A scanning electron microscope image showing SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) emerging from the cell surface (blue / pink). Source: Credit: NIAID-RML A lot of Americans, not me, firmly believe that they can control their luck. They are unaware – most are not – that luck, when taken too strongly, is often escorted by greed. The big bet […]]]>

A scanning electron microscope image showing SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) emerging from the cell surface (blue / pink).

Source: Credit: NIAID-RML

A lot of Americans, not me, firmly believe that they can control their luck. They are unaware – most are not – that luck, when taken too strongly, is often escorted by greed. The big bet now is to get or not to get the free Covid vaccine against terrible disease or even death.

Consider this thought experiment: The Angel of Death comes to you with an offer. You have the choice between two unmarked suitcases: one contains $ 1,000, the other $ 200,000. In addition, you have the choice between a guarantee of not getting sick and not dying for the next 10 years or keeping one of the unmarked suitcases. Which option do you take, one of the suitcases or the death exit card?

On December 10, 2007, NBC aired an episode of their hit show Agree or disagree in which Shalanda London, a candidate from Cedar Hill, Texas, received, in essence, the same offer as our thought experiment, with the exception of the death exit card offer. She had the option of raising $ 101,000 (roughly the average between these two extreme amounts) or keeping one of the two unmarked suitcases. With her unyielding feeling that luck was on her side, she turned the deal down and ended up with the suitcase containing $ 1,000.

In her head, she flipped a coin. Each suitcase was identical; nothing favored one choice over the other. She thought – but not quite in those words –Here is $ 101,000. To free. But I’m given an opportunity to almost double that by flipping a coin. If the coin goes heads, I would almost double my money. If it’s tails, I only win $ 1000.

Why wouldn’t she accept the gift of $ 101,000, a profit windfall from a game that even predicts the odds of winning and losing? After all, his life was not at stake.

When the Angel of Death makes a gambling offer involving life, there is always something suspicious behind it. In this case, it tests or studies human behavior. Is greed behind the decision? Or is it a low appreciation of life? The reasons for the choice depend on many things. One would be comparative wealth and utility; for a billionaire, for example, those suitcases might have to contain $ 100 million and $ 2 billion to change their choice. Another would be the happiness of living and a third would be his profile of risky behavior.

Over the past year, several states have offered cash incentives to get the vaccine. New York State offered free scratch lottery tickets with 13 prizes ranging from $ 20 million to $ 5 million, although most were under $ 500. The state is now offering $ 100 in freebies to those who receive a reminder. Other states offered $ 20 gift cards to anyone who got the first shot.

What about money that could balance a choice between $ 20 and life or, in other words, between $ 20 and the peace of mind of being protected from one of the nonliving things? the deadliest in the world?

Consider the following experiment: bring two groups together A and B Random Americans. Group A is fully immunized against the most harmful variant and receives $ 5,000. Group B is not vaccinated. The Angle of Death offers group members A the choice to keep the $ 5,000 and the promise to honor full immunity from death or toss a coin – heads win $ 1,500 and sides lose $ 1,500. At the same time, provide students with B the choice of wagering on a certain win with a promise of full protection from death and a gift of $ 5,000 or flipping a coin – heads wins $ 6,500 and tails $ 3,500. Note: There is no mathematical difference between the two conditions. The odds of winning are the same for both groups.

Psychologists correctly predict that this group A will have a higher percentage of people opting for the raffle. It may sound strange, but the members of the group A will think subliminally, I am already immune to death. If I play there is a 50% chance of winning $ 1,500 and a 50% chance of losing $ 1,500. Group members B mentally counts, If I play, I will win $ 3,500 for sure, plus I have a 50% chance of increasing my winnings from $ 3,500 to $ 6,500. For both groups, the prior gain is greater than the potential loss. Group A Interpret the message in two steps: $ 5,000 is already mine, and there is a chance to win $ 6,500 more. Group B forgot that previous step of winning $ 5,000. The problem therefore arises as a pure bet.

By human behavior and risk management, there are apparent contradictions. Behavior towards risk depends not only on how that risk is perceived, but also on the risk taker’s view on gains and losses. With regard to risky behavior, there seems to be an asymmetry between risk aversion and the risk-seeking for mathematically equivalent choices.

Much of the gambling behavior is based on immediate prior wins or losses. For many, not being infected with Covid-19 is a strong incentive to risk future avoidance with extremely skewed odds. It feels like playing with the free money from the house: I did not contract the Covid, so I must already be immunized. Game choices are not made in historical isolation; they represent the old results of fortune.

Still, it’s a mystery why some habitual social gamers can manage their gaming pleasures while others lose judgment over rational gaming behavior in a thrill-seeking flirtation with danger.


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My husband will punish me if I attend a gay wedding https://filigreemonograms.com/my-husband-will-punish-me-if-i-attend-a-gay-wedding/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 09:30:34 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/my-husband-will-punish-me-if-i-attend-a-gay-wedding/ DEAR MISS MANNERS: I lost my beloved sister two years ago to ovarian cancer. Her only child, who came out homosexual in his first year in college, has a very loving relationship with a wonderful man. They are getting married soon, and of course the family are invited to the wedding, which will take place […]]]>

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I lost my beloved sister two years ago to ovarian cancer. Her only child, who came out homosexual in his first year in college, has a very loving relationship with a wonderful man.

They are getting married soon, and of course the family are invited to the wedding, which will take place in Washington, DC.

My husband said at the start of the relationship that he would never attend a gay wedding because he felt it was not a real marriage. I have no qualms about it; for me, it’s all about love. He now says he doesn’t want me to go because DC is a dangerous place.

I feel like I should do what I want to do, which is go to this wedding; on the other hand, it will make my life miserable for a long time.


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Meet Melia Hus, Newtown’s first baby in 2022 https://filigreemonograms.com/meet-melia-hus-newtowns-first-baby-in-2022/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 13:01:39 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/meet-melia-hus-newtowns-first-baby-in-2022/ Melia Hus has been one of the first winners of the First Baby title for many years. The second child of Megan and Jeremy Hus of Newtown, Melia was born just 18 minutes into the New Year, easily claiming her honorary title. Melia weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.5 inches tall at the […]]]>

Melia Hus has been one of the first winners of the First Baby title for many years.

The second child of Megan and Jeremy Hus of Newtown, Melia was born just 18 minutes into the New Year, easily claiming her honorary title.

Melia weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20.5 inches tall at the time of her birth at Bridgeport Hospital last Saturday morning. She joined an older brother, Grayson.

Melia’s name was chosen long before she was born. Years ago, according to Megan and Jeremy, the couple traveled to Spain and stayed at the Grand Melia Hotel.

“We thought the name was beautiful then,” Megan said.

When they went to Hawaii and then got engaged, the couple met Melia’s name again on several occasions, they said.

“I looked for it, because we kept seeing it in Hawaii,” Megan said, “and we learned that the name there means“ calm water. ”

Cradling the newborn baby in his arms and walking in the background, Jeremy said before he and Megan “were even married, we knew we wanted to name our daughter Melia”.

His wife laughs okay.

“It was on the list. We were really hoping to have a daughter at some point, ”she said.

Melia’s birth went a little slower than Grayson’s.

“It was really good,” Jeremy said. “Grayson was a little harder on his delivery.”

“Things were calmer,” Megan added. “We had a much better experience and were able to go home the next day. “

Melia’s maternal great-grandparents are Joan Jacob, a longtime former Newtown resident who now lives in Florida; and Kristen and Charles Tredennick of Redding. Her maternal grandparents are Kathleen and Robert Tredennick of Newtown.

His paternal grandmother is Sandra Lessner of Branford.

The newborn baby and his older brother also have an aunt, uncle and cousin who live in Newtown; and other aunts, uncles and cousins ​​in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.

“We enjoy being in Newtown because we have family locally, and it’s a family-oriented city,” Megan said.

Although she has never met him, Melia has a special bond with her late paternal grandfather, John Hus.

“I found out I was pregnant on what would have been her paternal grandfather’s birthday,” Megan said. “He had passed away a few months earlier so it was a super miracle moment. We thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s still with us.’ “

The price package

The Hus heard from several family and friends after Melia’s birth, suggesting they contact The Newtown Bee for their daughter to be considered for the title First Baby.

“So many people have sent us links,” Megan said. “Tons of people,” she added, then admitting that she was not aware of the event until recently.

“I grew up in Newtown and somehow never heard of it, but everyone I knew was sending us links right away, telling us we had to apply for it. 40 people sent me a link.

As has been happening for over 60 years, local merchants donated prizes to be presented to the family of Newtown’s first baby.

This year’s package includes $ 100 off the trash can service or $ 100 off the rental of a dumpster from Associated Refuse; a $ 30 Barnwood Grill gift certificate; a $ 50 BD Provisions gift card; dinner for two at the Blue Colony Diner; a pair of tickets to the ETH concert of their choice at the Edmond Town Hall Theater; and a $ 25 Hero For Men Barbering gift certificate.

There is also a large cheese pizza from Franco’s Pizza & Pasta; a $ 25 Fusion 25 Hibachi Fushion Sushi Lounge gift card; an hour-long personal workout for mom at Joanne’s Fitness Studio; a large cheese pizza from Lions Bleeker Street Pizza; and a $ 50 My Place Pizza & Restaurant gift card.

Plus, the package contains a $ 100 Newtown Hardware gift card; a gift from Newtown Savings Bank; a $ 25 gift certificate from Nick’s Catering; a large cheese pizza from Papa Al’s Pizza-Pasta-Subs; a $ 50 Ricci’s Salon gift certificate; and a $ 100 Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro gift card.

A $ 25 gift certificate from Stony Hill Hardware; a one-year subscription or extension to The Newtown Bee; a $ 50 Tambascio’s Italian Grill gift card; a $ 50 UK Gourmet gift certificate; a large pizza with a garnish from The Villa restaurant; and a gift bottle of Roeder Estate Brut Champagne from Yankee Wine & Spirits complement the gifts of local business owners.

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Associate Editor Shannon Hicks can be reached at shannon@thebee.com.

Born less than 20 minutes after the start of the New Year, Melia Hus was named the first baby of 2022 by The Newtown Bee. —Photo courtesy of Megan Hus

Jeremy and Megan Hus are joined by their children, Grayson, 3, and newborn baby Melia, earlier this week. Melia received the honorary title of First Baby 2022, and with it a bundle of prizes with gifts from local traders and businesses that has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. —Photo courtesy of Megan Hus


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Topps to sell sports cards business to rival Fanatics https://filigreemonograms.com/topps-to-sell-sports-cards-business-to-rival-fanatics/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 17:03:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/topps-to-sell-sports-cards-business-to-rival-fanatics/ Topps, the company that associated Bazooka chewing gum with baseball cards over half a century ago, is now part of a growing sports memorabilia empire that has nearly wiped Topps out of the baseball card game. . On Tuesday, Topps announced that it had sold its sports cards business to Fanatics, a 10-year, multibillion-dollar company […]]]>

Topps, the company that associated Bazooka chewing gum with baseball cards over half a century ago, is now part of a growing sports memorabilia empire that has nearly wiped Topps out of the baseball card game. .

On Tuesday, Topps announced that it had sold its sports cards business to Fanatics, a 10-year, multibillion-dollar company whose licensing business relies on sports fandom, technology and networks. The deal values ​​Topps’ sports and entertainment division at just over $ 500 million, according to people with knowledge of the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information is confidential.

Topps previously announced an agreement to go public. But in August, the company was taken aback when it lost its licensing deal with Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association to Fanatics, putting its future in doubt. Fanatics and Topps began discussing acquiring Topps’ cards business about a month after Topps lost the baseball contract, a person familiar with the situation said.

“Topps is synonymous with card collection – it’s the number one brand people think of when they think of baseball cards and sports cards,” said Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions for Heritage Auctions. “So the fact that they keep moving forward, I think that’s a good thing both for collectors and for the industry as a whole.”

The Topps deal reflects Fanatics’ purchase of clothing company Majestic, which it acquired after winning the rights to manufacture major league uniforms, contracts Majestic had previously won. The deal announced on Tuesday also underscores the breadth of businesses that Fanatics has started that meet the professional sports industry’s desire to expand beyond ticketing and television, both of which are difficult to grow quickly. The leagues are looking for new sources of revenue, including advertisements on legalized sports jerseys and gambling – and trading card licensing deals.

The Topps playing card business may not immediately transform under its new owner. Topps cards will always carry the Topps logo and the approximately 350 employees of the division will work independently for the Topps brand within Fanatics. But in the longer term, Fanatics hopes to create for Topps the digital agility that has helped transform their licensed clothing business, which is designed to respond quickly to rapid changes in an athlete’s popularity.

Fanatics launched its playing cards business last year, around the same time it made deals with unions for NFL and NBA players to produce football and basketball trading cards. -ball. The company raised $ 350 million in September in a deal that valued it at more than $ 10 billion. With the acquisition of Topps, Fanatics has the right to design, manufacture and distribute baseball cards from now on. (The fanatics ‘initial deal with Major League Baseball and the players’ union resulted in a departure in 2026.

Michael Rubin, CEO of Fanatics, called collectibles and collectibles an “important pillar” in the company’s plans to become a “leading digital sports platform”. Mr. Rubin, whose entourage includes Jay-Z and baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, has created a licensing and manufacturing company valued at $ 18 billion over the past decade. Beyond hoodies and hats, Fanatics has also started gambling and video game businesses.

His bet on collectible cards reflects pandemic interest in memorabilia as nostalgic investors have found themselves on edge. In January, a Mickey Mantle card sold for $ 5.2 million. In August, an Honus Wagner card sold for $ 6.6 million. In October, a Michael Jordan card sold for $ 2.7 million.

Topps rode this wave, achieving record sales of $ 567 million in 2020, a 23% jump from the previous year. Now Fanatics is faced with the question of whether it can maintain its momentum given the collectible card industry’s susceptibility to booms and recessions.

The almost century-old Topps has gone through both. The company was founded in Brooklyn in 1938 as Topps Chewing Gum, with the goal of reviving a struggling family tobacco distribution business. A little over a decade later, he started wrapping his gum with “magic photo cards,” featuring Babe Ruth, Cy Young and other baseball stars. He started his annual baseball card game in 1952.

In 2007, Topps was acquired for $ 385 million by Tornante, an investment firm founded by Michael Eisner, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners. Under its new owner, Topps launched Topps Now, which sells cards of the moment to capture a defining piece or pop culture meme. It has also started to offer its cards in the form of NFT.

Mr Eisner said in a statement Tuesday that “the strong emotional connection between Topps collectibles and consumers of all ages” would make them “a gem in the Fanatics portfolio.”

Topps’ plan to go public had valued its entire business at around $ 1.3 billion. This deal included its confectionery brands like Bazooka Gum and its gift card business, which Tornante and Madison Dearborn continue to own. The candy and gift card unit made a third of Topps sales last year, according to an investor presentation prepared for the deal. It was renamed Bazooka Companies.

Tornante also owns the rights to produce movies and TV shows based on the Topps brands, including the MechWarrior / BattleTech video game franchise and Garbage Pail Kids, a sticker collectible card series introduced in 1985 as a parody of Cabbage Patch. Kids.

Kevin Draper and Catherine rosman contributed reports.


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Louisville Surviving Businesses Help Neighbors Who Lost Everything in Firestorm – CBS Denver https://filigreemonograms.com/louisville-surviving-businesses-help-neighbors-who-lost-everything-in-firestorm-cbs-denver/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 04:33:00 +0000 https://filigreemonograms.com/louisville-surviving-businesses-help-neighbors-who-lost-everything-in-firestorm-cbs-denver/ LOUISVILLE, Colorado (CBS4) – A fire in December that destroyed more than 900 structures is the fourth time the Boulder County Community Foundation has activated its emergency fund in the past two years. This is only the sixth time in the history of his organization. Millions of dollars have been donated from around the world […]]]>

LOUISVILLE, Colorado (CBS4) – A fire in December that destroyed more than 900 structures is the fourth time the Boulder County Community Foundation has activated its emergency fund in the past two years. This is only the sixth time in the history of his organization. Millions of dollars have been donated from around the world to help with disaster relief. Businesses have been destroyed, but standing stores are helping their neighbors in need.

Eleanor and Hobbs is a boutique in downtown Louisville. They don’t usually wear men’s clothing, but this week they are dressing a community.

People who have lost their wardrobe shop in a downtown store.

“My first thought was how can we give back to the community? We have clothes. So that’s what we did, ”said Tracy Hobbs, owner of Eleanor and Hobbs. “We have noticed that people who come in here come in the clothes they were evacuated in.”

Hobbs turned his store into a donation center. People started to bring clothes after seeing the destruction of the fire. Many stopped by the store to pick up lightly worn clothes.

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“We served maybe 200 or 300 families. They just came in and we give them everything they need. We have clothes for their children, we have clothes for men, clothes for women, jackets. It’s nice to see a little spark of joy that we can send them in clothes, ”said Hobbs.

The store has also collected and distributed gift cards to help families who need to replace everything they own. Like many other stores, Hobbs seeks a space large enough to accommodate and disseminate the city’s bounty.

The Boulder County Community Foundation has stopped receiving physical gifts. CEO Tatiana Hernandez said they had stopped accepting donations such as food and clothing.

“It’s both a problem of space and coordination. Now that the Disaster Assistance Center is operational, that could change in the coming days. But for now and in recent days, our partners just haven’t had a place, ”said Hernandez.

Hernandez says the foundation has raised more than $ 9 million. She told CBS4 it was not clear if this fundraising amount would be enough to help victims who have lost everything. The county has already approved $ 5 million for residents whose homes have been destroyed or damaged. They always collect donations. What people will need later is still being assessed.

“It’s a marathon. There are the immediate needs of people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed. There are short term and long term needs. We ask questions about who is insured and who is not? What insurance gaps may exist? Hernandez said. “We’re asking the questions right now. Over the next week, we’re hoping to get some of those answers to better understand what the real long-term impacts of this might be. “

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The foundation is still in talks with residents to get a better idea of ​​where the relief funds are going. They are encouraging everyone affected to come to the Disaster Assistance Center to speak with county officials and access financial assistance.

Find more information about the Boulder County Wildfire Fund.

If you would like to donate to Eleanor and Hobb’s Clothing Drive, visit their website. You can buy a gift card to give to those in need as they come to replenish their wardrobes.


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