TCGplayer named one of the largest and fastest growing markets by Silicon Valley’s Andreessen Horowitz
“I am delighted that TCGplayer has been recognized by a16z as one of the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplaces, furthering our reputation as the premier technology platform for the collectibles industry” , said Chedy Hampson, founder and CEO of TCGplayer.
Companies on the a16z Marketplace 100 list are ranked by market activity, using a mix of data from Bloomberg Second Measure, Similarweb and Apptopia, which measures gross merchandise value (GMV), website traffic and application performance.
Hampson continued, “We are honored to be recognized for the explosive growth we have experienced over the past year, and looking ahead, we are hyper-focused on expanding our products and services beyond TCG. I am confident that TCGplayer will build on this momentum and successfully bring our innovative tools and customer-focused approach to the rapidly growing sports card market later this summer, expanding our community, helping even more retailers thrive. and guaranteeing fans the products and services they want and deserve. Thanks to the TCGplayer team for positioning us for this growth and success; It’s an exciting time to lead such a talented group of people!”
Rapid growth of TCGplayer
This ranking comes at a time of rapid growth for TCGplayer, as the company is poised to enter the sports card market in the summer of 2022. Fueled by strategic investments in its team, technology and products , and growing demand in a strong hobby collectibles industry, TCGplayer has experienced a period of rapid growth over the past five years. Like previously announced, the Company secured $35 million in strategic financing from Vista Credit Partners, a subsidiary of Vista Equity Partners. TCGplayer has used the funding to accelerate its vertical expansion ambitions, taking the company beyond its core collectible card game business and into sports cards and other new hobby collecting categories like comics over the next few months.
Today, TCGplayer employs more than 650 people, representing an overall headcount increase of 100% over 2021. In 2021 alone, the company expanded its authentication center to approximately 100,000 square feet, expanded its team of authentication experts by nearly 150% on an annual basis, and deepened its executive talent pool, including building its first-ever Supply Chain Director, Product manager and Marketing Director. During the same period, TCGplayer increased its sales by 80%, serving tens of millions of amateur buyers and tens of thousands of physical retailers and online sellers through the TCGplayer marketplace and its Syracuse, New York– based operations.
To learn more about TCGplayer’s recent and rapid growth, please visit the company’s press center at https://seller.tcgplayer.com/about/press-center/.
TCGplayer is the leading technology platform for the collectibles industry. Founded as a digital media platform in the collectible hobby space, the company has grown from its initial roots working in Syracuse-based hobby stores selling comic books, sports cards, CDs , trading cards, action figures and tabletop games into a vast e-commerce marketplace. TCGplayer develops apps and technologies that are revolutionizing the collectibles market by connecting thousands of hobby and collectibles businesses with customers around the world. The company’s e-commerce and data management tools power sales through physical stores, websites, mobile apps and the TCGplayer marketplace. TCGplayer prides itself on creating a culture that fosters camaraderie, embraces diversity and exudes passion and provides stock options to all its employees. The company has been named one of New York State’s 50 Best Employers and one of the 100 Best Companies for Women in the United States by Fortune.com and has been certified as a Great Place to Work by our employees five years in a row.
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