Monthly Archives: February 2013

All Sports Marketing welcomes record 32 retailers to 2013 Summit

All Sports Marketing welcomes record 32 retailers to 2013 Summit

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LAS VEGAS (Feb 19, 2013) – All Sports Marketing has expanded its prominent position in the Industry Summit scholarship program by inviting a record 32 hobby retailers to the 2013 Summit.

All Sports Marketing, based in Batavia, IL (www.allsportsmarketing.net) has utilized the Summit scholarship program to bring more than 85 retailers to the industry’s annual trade conference during the past three years. This year’s ASM scholarship class includes sports collectible store owners/operators from 15 states.

“Our entire team at All Sports Marketing is pleased to support our customers and partners in such a prominent way at The Industry Summit,’’ said ASM principal Emil Picchi. “Our customers benefit greatly from the idea exchanges and the presentations from our corporate partners. They return from Las Vegas energized and excited to move their businesses forward – and that is positive news for everyone in our industry.’’

Among the All Sports Marketing scholarship clients: Beth Feagans (Warrington, VA); Evan Feuerstein (Apharetta, GA); Christopher Brock (Loves Park, IL); Jeff Finnigan (Albany, NY); George Mares (Tucson, AZ); Jim Jang (Dublin, CA); Mike Dale (Owensboro, KY); Curtis Falany (Homewood, AL); Frank Wieman (Chatam, IL); Kendall Loyd (Orlando, FL), Tom Gasper (Coeu D’Alene, ID), Brian Burgert (Oshkosh, WI), Jeff Price (West Allis, WI), Matt Woods (Rohnert Park, CA), Adam Farmer (Moreno Valley, CA), Chris Edmonds (Glasgow, KY), Rich Buhnerkemper (Racine, WI), Mike Fata (Bronx, NY), Wes Johnson (Lincoln, NE), Pete Alberty (Amarillo, TX), Rick Griencewic (Omaha, NE), Vince Oliver (Wichita, KS), Shawn Hasting (Quincy, IL ), Jeff Chou (Naperville, IL) and Anthony Hill (Grand Junction, CO).

In addition to its impressive investment in the Retailer Scholarship program, All Sports Marketing is planning several activation events for this year’s Summit, including a unique Retailer Gift and a very aggressive Home Base booth presence. For more information on All Sports Marketing and its impressive inventory of current and legacy trading card releases, visit www.allsportsmarketing.net

Mosaiq to unveil new collector research at 2013 Summit

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Mosaiq to unveil new collector research at 2013 Summit

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LAS VEGAS (Feb 20, 2013) — Retailers and corporate partners attending the 2013 Industry Summit will benefit from the industry’s first professionally conducted consumer research study in nearly a decade.

Mosaiq Market Intelligence Group (www.mosaiqresearch.com) partnered with The Industry Summit to execute a market research study of consumer buying habits. The study profiles trading card purchasers, evaluates perceptions of manufacturers and retailers, and identifies areas of opportunity for the industry. The Mosaiq team—Lori Van Santen, Melody Bluhm, and Greg Halperin—will share their findings during two special presentations at the Summit for sports collectible executives (March 17-20, Orleans Hotel & Casino (www.theindustrysummit.com).

“We are thrilled with Mosaiq’s willingness to share their expertise with our industry partners,’’ said Kevin Isaacson, Industry Summit host. “Enhanced understanding of our collector base – especially those enthusiasts who have recently re-entered the market – is a key contributor to continued category growth.’’

The Mosaiq team will present to the Summit’s retailer attendees on Sunday, March 17, and will also deliver a presentation to corporate attendees on Monday, March 18. For an exclusive preview of the survey results, or for more information on Mosaiq Market Intelligence Group, contact Lori Van Santen (Lori.Vansanten@mosaiqresearch.com). For more information on the 2013 Industry Summit, visit www.theindustrysummit.com

Magazine Exchange to host ‘Tailgate Party’ at 2013 Summit

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Retailers sporting their favorite team’s apparel will qualify for bonus prizes

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LAS VEGAS (Feb 12, 2013) – When is a Tebow t-shirt, Jeter jersey or even a complete Edmonton Oilers ensemble appropriate apparel for an industry trade conference? During the new “Tailgate Party’’ hosted by Magazine Exchange and its manufacturer partners during the 2013 Industry Summit!
Magazine Exchange, a leading wholesale distributor based in Grants Pass, OR, is taking its traditional Monday luncheon at the Summit to an exciting new level. This year’s MagX Tailgate Party will feature participation and prize support from leading suppliers such as WOTC, Upper Deck, Tristar, Topps, SAGE, Rittenhouse Archives, Press Pass, Pokemon, Panini America, Max Protection, Leaf, Konami, In The Game, Cryptozoic and many more – all within a fun-filled, sports-focused theme. The event will be held Monday, March 18, during the sports collectible industry’s annual trade conference at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.

“Our entire team at Magazine Exchange has a blast working in this industry, and we want to share that enthusiasm with everyone attending The Industry Summit,’’ said Roger Barry, MagX owner.

All Summit attendees are encouraged to wear apparel from their favorite player or team to Monday’s business session – jerseys, jackets, t-shirts, hats and even helmets are welcome. The most creative, innovative and unique “team colors’’ outfits will receive bonus prize entries into MagX’s Tailgate Party giveaway – featuring great gifts from MagX’s industry leading lineup of suppliers. Retailers will earn additional prize entries during a special MagX “team contest’’ during the Tailgate Party – and savvy retailers will be able to qualify for special “early-bird’’ prizes by visiting MagX’s booth when the Summit show floor opens Sunday, March 17.

“It will be a fun way to share our love of sports – whether it’s baseball or basketball or minor-league hockey or professional wrestling,’’ Barry said. “I can’t wait to see what everyone will be wearing as they enter the Tailgate Party – it will be a great conversation starter, and will set the table for some fun prizes throughout our event.’’
In traditional Tailgate Party fashion, MagX’s luncheon will feature burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, as well as onion rings, salads and much more

Summit auction to feature Onyx sweet-spot sigs

Stan lee, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird among celebs available

LAS VEGAS (Feb 11, 2013) – Signed baseballs from luminaries across the sports & entertainment spectrum will be featured in the annual Industry Summit silent auction, thanks to Onyx Authenticated.

The innovative Florida-based manufacturer has donated a selection of autograph baseballs – all signed on the sweet spot – from notables such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dennis Rodman, Stan Lee, Vince Neil and Hulk Hogan. The Onyx-branded items will be a featured offering in the Summit’s silent auction, scheduled March 18 during the sports card and collectible industry’s annual trade show.

“We’re excited to share these items, signed by top stars in their respective industries, with our friends and clients at this year’s Summit,’’ Onyx Authenticated principal Lance Fischer said. “These stars signed each MLB baseball on the sweet spot – I can’t wait to watch Summit retailers bid for the opportunity to take these great items home to their customers.’’
Onyx returns for a third consecutive year as one of the Industry Summit’s featured exhibitors – and like 2012, when Onyx unveiled its first trading card product, Fischer promises a surprise announcement.

“Last year’s announcement of our expansion into trading cards, and the response it generated from retailers and collectors, was incredible,’’ Fischer said. ‘’This year’s announcement is a legitimate innovation – I can’t wait to share it with our industry friends at this year’s Summit.’’

Cardboard Connection joins Summit as media partner

Cardboard Connection joins Industry Summit as official media partner

LAS VEGAS (Feb 11, 2013) – Cardboard Connection, a leading provider of information to the sports card and collectible industry and one of the most visited collectible sites on the Internet, has joined The Industry Summit as an official media partner, the companies announced today.

Under the agreement, Cardboard Connection (www.cardboardconnection.com) will play an integral role in connecting collectors with the action and excitement of the 2013 Industry Summit by way of:

·Cardboard Connection Radio, featuring hosts Doug Cataldo, Rob Bertrand and Russ Cohen, who will broadcast live from the show floor throughout the entire Summit. Their segments will feature executives from across the industry, as well as representatives from the more than 225 retailers attending this year’s event.

·Regular website and Twitter updates to the site’s 10,000+ daily visitors and 5,000+ forum members courtesy of Cardboard Connection Editor Ryan Cracknell and Head Cardboard Connection Forum Moderator Kerwin Leong.

·Cardboard Connection columnist Paul Lesko of The Simmons Law Firm, who will lead a Summit discussion on industry legal issues during the Monday and Tuesday business sessions.

“We’re excited to play such a key role in sharing The Industry Summit with our loyal and rapidly expanding audience of collectors and industry professionals,’’ said Mike Smeth, Cardboard Connection CEO. “We look forward to interacting with our many friends, business partners , and colleagues from across the Industry to share the news and excitement that the Summit delivers each year.’’

In addition, Cardboard Connection has agreed to support the Summit’s new-attendee initiative by sponsoring two Summit Retailer Scholarships. Retailers interested in applying can visit http://www.cardboardconnection.com/news/hobby-shop-owners-enter-to-win-a-2013-industry-summit-scholarship for more information.

Onyx sweet-spot sigs to highlight Summit silent auction

LAS VEGAS (Feb 6, 2013) – Signed baseballs from luminaries across the sports & entertainment spectrum will be featured in the annual Industry Summit silent auction, thanks to Onyx Authenticated.
The innovative Florida-based manufacturer has donated a selection of autograph baseballs – all signed on the sweet spot – from notables such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dennis Rodman, Stan Lee, Vince Neil and Hulk Hogan. The Onyx-branded items will be a featured offering in the Summit’s silent auction, scheduled March 18 during the sports card and collectible industry’s annual trade show.

“We’re excited to share these items, signed by top stars in their respective industries, with our friends and clients at this year’s Summit,’’ Onyx Authenticated principal Lance Fischer said. “These stars signed each MLB baseball on the sweet spot – I can’t wait to watch Summit retailers bid for the opportunity to take these great items home to their customers.’’
Onyx returns for a third consecutive year as one of the Industry Summit’s featured exhibitors – and like 2012, when Onyx unveiled its first trading card product, Fischer promises a surprise announcement.

“Last year’s announcement of our expansion into trading cards, and the response it generated from retailers and collectors, was incredible,’’ Fischer said. ‘’This year’s announcement is a legitimate innovation – I can’t wait to share it with our industry friends at this year’s Summit.’’