David Sliepka

Owner/Operator at Champion Collectibles Consulting

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Sports memorabilia expert, brand manager, product developer, broker, analyst • Strong relationships with manufacturers, collectors, agents, athletes, artists, designers and leagues • Supplier of customized precious metals and gem stones, original art and sketch cards • Deep experience across all levels of product cycle (Brand Manager) • Skilled in licensing, packaging, sales and marketing, writing and editing • Analytical, creative, idea champion, leader • Expertise in collectibles authentication, Card Grading, appraisals and sales • Passionate, lifelong sports card and memorabilia collector/investor

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Beckett Grading
Collectibles authentication
Collectibles consultant
Sports Collectibles
Precious Metals
Custom minted collectibles
Card Grading
Autograph Authentication
Buying and Selling
PSA Grading
Auctions
Baseball Cards
Sports Cards
Clubhouse
Dallas Card Show
promotional cards
Work experience

Apr 2015 - Present

Champion Collectibles Consulting

Owner/Operator

A life-time collector and 29 year hobby executive brings his vast experience to buyers, sellers, and businesses nation wide. Tap into Dave's wealth of hobby knowledge. business acumen, industry experience, and connections. Better learn the current market trends and investments within this booming industry. Develop, grow, and better execute your over-all business. Product and brand development, licensing, distribution contacts, image selection and editing, card content writing, custom precious metal products, auction description editing, catalog proofing, on-site press checks. Buying and selling collections, Current and past clients include: Decision Trading Cards, Prova Group Authentication, Emmitt Smith, Big Game and Team Issue Football Factory, Elemetal Minting, Panini America, Upper Deck, Beckett Media, Nick's Sports Cards, Mike's Stadium Sportscards, The Dallas Card Show. Available at an hourly rate, or short and long term contracts.

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Sep 2015 - Oct 2017

Beckett Media

Beckett Baseball Monthly Editor (Contract employee)

Responsible for cover, and editorial content for the flagship title of Beckett Media. Published monthly since 1984, Beckett is the premier and industry standard for sports card pricing and news.

May 2014 - Oct 2015

Elemetal Minting

Collectibles Brand Manager

Leader of ideas, sales, marketing and production for this Dallas-based global precious metals company. Corporate Brand Manager, Collectibles – May 2014 to Oct. 2015 • Manager and consultant for all brands within Elemetal Minting Corporation: Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange (DGSE), BIGGAME, Provident Metals, and NTR Metals • Achieved a 48% profit margin over wholesale for all products on the secondary market • Conceptualized “Elemetal Baseball Greats” series; managed end-to-end, licensing to production and sales. • Conceptualized and led innovative design, licensing, packaging and marketing of highly successful collectible silver bars featuring professional athletes. Achieved a 95% re-order rate even after a 15% price increase. • Executed licensing contracts with agents for Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Honus Wagner, others. • Managed accounts and production of unique collectible gold- and silver-printed cards for premier trading card manufacturers

Apr 2013 - May 2014

Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange

Sports Collectibles Manager

• Managed sports collectibles purchasing, inventory and sales for 11-store chain • Purchased collections from consumers at wholesale on line, and face to face • Created and re-purposed new and vintage collectibles for retail display • Responsible for retail merchandising and sales of premium items and eBay auction sales of non-store specific items. • Achieved 100% increase in gross sales year-over-year

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Jun 2005 - Mar 2013

Beckett Media

Merchandise Manager

Leadership, marketing & appraisal roles for the sports collectibles hobby’s most trusted publisher of price guides and information. Merchandise Manager – June 2005 to March 2013 • Leader of four-member Marketing and Sales team for new and existing dealer account maintenance of Beckett Marketplace monthly services. • Managed digital strategy for products and advertising on Beckett.com, including but not limited to print ads, e-mail communication, and web site. • Managed memorabilia consignment sales auctions in collaboration with professional sports organizations, agents, and athletes. Clients included: The Anaheim Ducks, BDA Sports, Steve Nash, Yao Ming, Baron Davis, Brandon Jennings, Ben Roethlisberger, Emmitt Smith, Bob Gibson, and Stan Musial. • Created and commissioned exclusive sketch card series in cooperation with artist Kevin-John; distinctive artwork was sold in cooperation with selected, high-profile sporting events. • Built relationships with memorabilia collectors and brokered sales of their assets and collections through consignment, auction and direct sale via Beckett.com, eBay, and other channels. Notable collections included a newfound hoard of T206 cards and the first Beckett Grading Services-graded Honus Wagner, which sold at auction for almost $400,000 and received significant national media attention. • Leader of corporate Beckett card grading sales. Managed high-volume orders for baseball card market leaders and retailers, including Target and Walmart. Annual average revenues in excess of $400,000.

Education

1983 - 1987

Northern Illinois University

BS Marketing, n/a

Business Degree with minor in Sports coaching

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