A Revolutionary Innovator in the Trading Card Industry
Founded in 1992, Press Pass staked its claim as a revolutionary trendsetter in the trading card industry by incorporating the first ever athlete worn or used memorabilia into its trading cards. In its January 1996 Press Pass NASCAR trading card release, race-used tires were incorporated into the Burning Rubber racing insert. Later in the spring and summer of 1996, Press Pass introduced race-used sheet metal cards, race-used Dale Earnhardt fire-suit cards, and the first-ever game-used jersey basketball cards. This practice of using event-used memorabilia in the trading cards would drastically transform the trading card hobby and spawn a trend that continues today.
The Leading Manufacturer of NASCAR Trading Cards
Since the mid-1990’s, Press Pass has been recognized as the leading manufacturer of NASCAR trading cards. Since 1993, Press Pass has been bringing the exhilaration and excitement of NASCAR to fans with some of the most innovative and collectible trading cards to ever hit the market. By offering authentic race-used memorabilia and hard-autographs from the sport’s hottest drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, everyone knows that “If you want a piece of the action, you’ve got to get a Press Pass!”
The First NFL and NBA Rookie Cards on the Market
The Press Pass Football brand has become increasingly popular as it features the first cards on the market of NFL Rookies each year. There are four Press Pass Football products released each year. Press Pass Rookie Football, which releases around the NFL draft, features the first rookie cards, autographs and game-worn jerseys from the top players, while Press Pass Signature Edition ships in early May and lives up to its name by featuring one autograph or memorabilia card in every pack! Press Pass Legends Football is a high-end collectible featuring a mix of legendary retired college players along with the year’s top rookies. The fourth football product is our Press Pass Rookie Football Set which ships in time for the holiday season and includes all of the top rookies plus an autograph or memorabilia card in each box.
The Press Pass Basketball brand ships around the NBA draft and offers collectors the first rookie cards, autographs and game-used jersey cards of the top NBA rookies each year. In January 2007, Press Pass expanded its Legends brand by releasing Press Pass Legends Basketball which featured autographs from retired college “legends” such as Larry Bird and Bill Russell. The 2007 release also included one of the most valuable and sought-after cards to ever hit the market with the hobby’s first-ever “cut signature” cards of “Pistol” Pete Maravich. Our third NBA product is our Press Pass Rookie Basketball Set which ships in time for the holiday season and includes all of the top rookies plus an autograph or memorabilia card in each box.