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Attendees rate 2012 Summit as ‘excellent value’

Survey says: Attendees rate 2012 Summit as ‘excellent value’

Attendance up 34% — product dev panel receives most positive feedback

LAS VEGAS (April 9, 2012) – Retailers who attended the 2012 Industry Summit evaluated the annual trade event as “excellent’’ in each of five key evaluation areas, organizers announced today.

The Summit, held March 18-21 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, brought more than 360 leaders from the sports, entertainment and trading card game industries together for four days of seminars, discussions and target-market meetings. The 2012 attendance marked a 34% year-over-year increase, and is the largest gathering of independent retailers at any industry trade event.

“We are thrilled and humbled by the incredibly positive feedback from our attendees,’’ Summit host Kevin Isaacson said. “We are already working on enhancements for next year’s conference.’’

More than 85% of respondents to the Summit’s annual post-event survey rated the event’s service as “excellent,’’ with similarly positive responses in the “value per price’’ and “quality of business sessions’’ evaluation areas.

In addition, the Summit attendees provided feedback on the following 2012 events:

PANEL DISCUSSIONS: The product development panel, featuring Dr. Brian Price (SportKings), Clay Luraschi (Topps), Grant Sandground (Upper Deck), Karvin Cheung (Panini America) and moderator Doug Cataldo (Cardboard Connection), received the most positive responses from Summit retailers. A close second was the opening “State of the Industry’’ panel, featuring Mark Warsop (Panini), Yumi Hoashi (Konami), Mark Sapir (Topps), Jason Masherah (Upper Deck) and Scott Gaeta (Cryptozoic). Each panel discussion received an “excellent’’ overall rating from attendees – again signaling the positive response from participants.
INTERACTIVE EVENTS: The Magazine Exchange/Topps bowling bonanza took top honors, narrowly edging the Ultimate Case Break hosted by GTS & Panini America. Retailers also gave high marks to the opening reception, which featured autograph guests Trent Richardson (hosted by Panini America and Peach State Sports) and Carmen Electra (hosted by Leaf Trading Cards).
SUMMIT ADDRESSES: The Magazine Exchange/Konami luncheon, featuring presentations from MagEx’s Roger Barry and Konami’s Yumi Hoashi, Bob Caruana and Jason Chai, took top honors, narrowly outscoring the luncheon hosted by the NHL (Dave McCarthy & Jen Kallas), the NHLPA (Adam Larry) and their licensees Panini America and Upper Deck.
Retailers were also asked to share their improvement ideas for the 2013 Summit, which is scheduled Saturday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 19, once again at The Orleans. Responses included:

“Keep the manufacturers & distributors involved – they are obviously the key to the event. Licensed goods and tailgate supplies are becoming a major part of our business but manufacturers from this area were not involved.’’
“How can you add something to an event that is first class all the way?’’
“Maybe some entertainment releases from Topps and Upper Deck / Cryptozoic being previewed for the upcoming year in the schedule? Entertainment /non-sports stuff in the case break?”
“If there was more time to walk from booth to booth with the sponsors and manufacturers that would be great. That is the only thing I would add to make improvements. You all have done a great job making this event a must attend each year.”
“Very kind to us shop owners – the free items will help pay for my flight over. I took a lot of ideas back over with me – having been in the business for 22 years (Your show made me work that out….lol). It’s always good to see new ideas and make them work.’’
“I feel every shop across the country should come to the Summit. ALL the different people/shops U can meet with, do business with is unparalleled in our industry. Meeting the manufacturers face to face, hearing about new products all helps make each shop better. Including Benchwarmer cards was a tremendous success I thought as every retailer stood in line to get their Summit box and it shows that this industry is just more than “sports cards”.
“At points the panels stopped being about honest discussions, and were just times for companies to plug their product, and provide generic answers. Every single manufacturer said that redemptions are awful, but no one really talked about why their companies are still doing them.”
“Ship dates is a major problem, and I do not believe that the concerns of the hobby shops were addressed. Again, I think the card companies approach concerns with a “closed” mind.”
“Nice not to be on the strip – was at GAMA the week before – was happy to get off the strip.’’
“What a great facility! I did not leave the building for 72 hours! The only time I saw the outside was from the Stardust Suite balcony. Cost and convenience with all the bells & whistles say book this place again.”
“Continue to expand on the educational aspect of the events. A crash course in marketing, management, sales, cash flow management or human resources could help many of us. Maybe a number of topics like this and pick three for the business sessions as we all have our strengths and weaknesses.’’
“You cannot put a price tag on this. I leave my family each year for my birthday to attend this. It is a can’t miss!”

Early-bird registration open for 2013 Summit

Book today! Industry Summit returns March 17-20


LAS VEGAS (Nov. 12, 2012) – Excitement is building throughout the trading card and collectible business for the 2013 Industry Summit, the annual conference for industry professionals.

The 2013 Summit, set March 17-20 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino ( , will feature more than 440 leading retailers, distributors, manufacturers, licensors and service providers – a participant increase of more than 25 percent over 2012’s wildly successful conference.

“The Summit unites our industry’s best and brightest for four days of discussion, debate and business development,’’ Summit host Kevin Isaacson said. “It has truly become a ‘can’t miss’ event for anyone invested in the trading card and sports collectible business.’’

Among the Summit’s featured events:

Sneak peeks at dozens of new products from leading trading card, gaming and collectible manufacturers, including Panini America, Topps, Upper Deck, Leaf, Tristar, Bandai, Press Pass, Onyx, Rittenhouse, Cryptozoic and many more.
Ability to engage with key league and player association contacts, including MLB, MLBPA, NBA, NFL, NFLPA, NHL and NHLPA.
Sales-focused interaction with more than 350 key buyers, including leading U.S. and Canada distributors and innovative retailers representing 40-plus states/provinces.
New for 2013: The Summit “Tech Academy’’, during which retailers and industry leaders will expand their sales via social media, email marketing, online auction and e-commerce. This segments expands on previous engagement from providers such as eBay, Amazon, Beckett Media and Constant Contact.
“You will learn so much, and hear so many great ideas, that it is impossible to implement it all right away,’’ said Rick Rollar, a leading retailer based in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Organizers and sponsors are already developing additional announcements and programs for the 2013 Summit, including headline events from key partners including Magazine Exchange, GTS Distribution, Southern Hobby Supply, All Sports Marketing, Sports Images, Universal Distribution, Peach State Wholesale, Sweet Deal, Great American Distribution, Grosnor Distribution, Gold River, Hamps and many more.

Ready to register? Visit us online at In addition, lodging is available via our hotel block at just $39 per night for premium rooms – visit and enter the code “A3SML03”.

For more information or corporate sponsor opportunities, contact Summit host Kevin Isaacson at or call 715-584-4939. Or visit or /*RegisterLink: Click Here to Register */