Monthly Archives: March 2013

ESPN’s ‘Mint Condition’ creates exclusive Summit segments


ESPN’s Michele Steele & her crew filmed several segments of their popular “Mint Condition” show during the 2013 Industry Summit. The link below features Steele interviewing Panini VP Jason Howarth regarding the company’s just-announced exclusive autograph agreement with Stephen Strasburg. Steele also interviewed industry execs Adam Martin (, Brian Bayne (Panini Authentic), Chris Carlin (Upper Deck), Brian Gray (Leaf Trading Cards) and many more during our March 17-20, 2013 event.

Press Pass creates exclusive Rookie Football promo for 2013 Summit

Press Pass creates exclusive Rookie Football promo for 2013 Summit

LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2013) – Press Pass, celebrating the release of its 2013 Press Pass Rookie Football product, has agreed to an exclusive agreement with the 2013 Industry Summit.
Under terms announced today, Press Pass will create Summit-exclusive cards featuring five top draft prospects: QB Geno Smith (West Virginia), QB Matt Barkley (USC), LB Manti Te’o (Notre Dame), RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama), and RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina). The cards will be distributed to hobby retailers during the Press Pass “Meet the Industry” session (Tuesday, March 19, Las Vegas), heightening excitement for Press Pass’ release of its Rookie Football product the next day.
“We are excited to provide retailers who attend The Industry Summit with an opportunity to open the first Press Pass trading card packs and also an exclusive bonus pack,’’ said Tom Farrell, Press Pass’ VP of Brand Management. “These rare and exclusive cards will add excitement to both the Industry Summit and Press Pass Rookie Football.’’

In addition to a pack of 2013 Press Pass Rookie Football, each qualifying retailer will receive a blind-wrapped one-card pack containing a Summit-exclusive base parallel card of Smith, Barkely, Te’o, Lacy, or Lattimore that features an “Industry Summit 2013” foil stamp. Press Pass is creating three blue foil-colored versions of each player’s promotional card, sequentially numbered to 35, 15 and 1 – and will also randomly insert an exclusive autograph card (#’d 1/1) of each of the five players among the blind-wrapped packs.


Sportkings, Famous Fabrics, In The Game announce Summit plans

Sportkings, Famous Fabrics, In The Game announce Summit plans

LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2013) — Dr. Brian Price will be bringing his three trading card companies to the 2013 Industry Summit in Las Vegas. Sportkings, Famous Fabrics and In The Game will each have unique offerings for retailers at this year’s Summit.

“We are consistently looking for ways to work with retailers to grow their business and the Industry Summit has become an integral part of our strategy,” said Dr. Price.

Every retailer attending the 2013 Industry Summit will receive an exclusive gift from one of Dr. Price’s companies. Details on how to redeem the gift will be found inside the 2013 Industry Summit retailer welcome bag.
Visit the Sport Kings booth to get your exclusive first look at the upcoming release of Sportkings Series F. Retailers who order Sportkings Series F at the Summit will receive a special bonus that is only available to registered retail attendees — 1/1 Made To Order Art/Memo cards from Sportkings.

Visit the Famous Fabrics booth to get your exclusive first look at the upcoming release of Famous Fabrics Ink – Horrors of War II. Retailers who order Famous Fabrics Ink – Horrors of War II at the Summit will receive a special bonus that is only available to registered retail attendees — 1/1 Made To Order Art/Memo cards from Horror of War II.
Visit the In The Game booth to get your exclusive look at the upcoming release of Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition. Retailers who order Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition at the Summit will receive a special bonus that is only available to registered retail attendees — 1/1 Made To Order cards from Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition.

Pack your favorite jersey! MagX’s “Tailgate Party” returns to 2014 Summit

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

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 13, 2014) – When is an Cam Newton jersey, New York Yankees jacket or even a Chicago Bulls t-shirt appropriate apparel for an industry trade conference? During the highly-regarded “Industry Tailgate Party’’ hosted by Magazine Exchange and its manufacturer partners during the 2014 Industry Summit!
Magazine Exchange, a leading wholesale distributor based in Grants Pass, OR, made a huge impact in 2014 by inviting retailers from across the U.S. and Canada to don their favorite team’s apparel and attend an Industry Tailgate Party. MagX owner Roger Barry has confirmed the Tailgate Party will return again in 2014 – with even more prizes and surprises in store.

“We had a blast at last year’s Tailgate Party,’’ Barry said. “We received so many positive compliments from retailers and our suppliers that we knew we just had to do it again.’’

The 2014 MagX Tailgate Party will be held Monday, March 17. All Industry 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 the 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 16.

“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. For more information on the Tailgate Party or other Industry Summit events, contact Summit host Kevin Isaacson at

Peach State Sports launches ‘3-for-3 with RG III” promotion

Peach State launches ‘3-for-3 with RG III’ promotion

LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2013) – Peach State Sports will launch an innovative “3-for-3 with RG III’’ promotion in support of Panini’s upcoming NFL trading card products at the upcoming Industry Summit.

Peach State customers who purchase at least one case each of 2013 Panini Score NFL, 2013 Panini Prestige NFL and 2013 Panini Elite NFL will receive an autographed Robert Griffin III Redskins jersey as part of the package. The offer will be available to the 270+ retailers who will be attending the March 17-20 trade conference, as well as Peach State Sports’ customers across the country.

“We’ll be promoting this big-time at The Summit,’’ said Peach State Sports’ Ashlee Miller.
There is no volume limit to the promotion. Peach State will deliver the autographed maroon Griffin III jerseys along with the Elite NFL case shipments, giving retailers plenty of time to plan and execute in-store promotions. Retailers interested in reserving their cases can contact Peach State Sports at 800-756-2601 or visit the company’s Home Base booth during the March 17-20 Industry Summit.

Cryptozoic to provide The Walking Dead Series 1 promos to Summit retailers

WALKING DEAD PROMOS: Cryptozoic Entertainment’s booth promotions for this year’s Summit include a special gift for Summit hobby-store attendees: A wardrobe card from THE WALKING DEAD Series 1, crash-numbered exclusively for The Summit. Cryptozoic will also be awarding three (3) retailers with unopened cases of the highly anticipated The Walking Dead Season 3 product.

Great American, Topps, Panini partner for ‘Sweet Spot’ promotion

Great American, Panini, Topps partner for “Sweet Spot’’ promotion at 2013 Summit

LAS VEGAS (March 5, 2013) – Great American Distribution has partnered with The Topps Company and Panini America to provide industry retailers with some incredibly sweet rewards for their engagement in the 2013 Industry Summit.

Great American and its manufacturing partners will host a special “Sweet Spot’’ reception that will cap Tuesday’s business events at the annual Industry Trade Conference (March 17-20, Orleans Hotel & Casino, Retailers who engage with Great American, Topps and Panini – and their customers at home via Facebook and Twitter – will be in line for a great selection of savory prizes, including an ultimate “Sweet Spot’’ of an unopened case of product from Panini and Topps.

“Our theme for the event is ‘Win, Win, Win, everybody wins,’ ‘’ commented Brian Bauman, owner of Great American Distribution. “We want retailers to participate in anything and everything during this year’s Summit, and then share with their hobby-store customers back home via social media. It will be a sweet event for everyone who attends — especially our Panini and Topps grand prize winners.’’

Great American’s comprehensive program for the 2013 Summit also includes:

Multiple daily drawings to win valuable Topps and Panini products, designed to reward Summit attendees who attend every business session.
A Corporate Home Base, which Great American will utilize to meet with current and future clients.
Social media interaction. Through Facebook and Twitter interaction, collectors will be encouraged can help their local card store owners win prizes – and store owners will share their Summit successes with their customers back home.
Retailers will pick up a customized Great American “Boarding Pass’’ when they arrive on the Summit show floor Sunday afternoon, March 17. “Our boarding pass will serve as the retailers’ ‘ticket’ to some valuable prizes throughout the Summit – I hope everyone joins us for a great ride,’’ Bauman said.

For more information on Great American Distribution, contact Brian Bauman at 914-968-7900. For more information on the 2013 Summit, contact Kevin Isaacson at 715-584-4939.

Sweet Deal brings Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ to 2013 Summit

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Sweet Deal brings Seinfeld’s ‘Soup Nazi’ to 2013 Summit

LAS VEGAS (March 5, 2013) – Who turned just 6 minutes of screen time into one of the most iconic roles in TV history?

If you guessed actor Larry Thomas, you’re a winner – just like the 250+ industry retailers who will visit the Sweet Deal Distribution booth during the 2013 Industry Summit. While the Emmy award-nominated “Soup Nazi’’ won’t be serving piping hot broth to Summit attendees, he will be signing and personalizing photos for Sweet Deal Distribution’s clients and business partners during the March 17-20 sports card and collectibles trade conference.

Thomas’ appearance on Tuesday, March 18 will be one of several Sweet Deal activation opportunities during the Summit, according to owner David Bronson. The Los Angeles –based wholesale distributor is also planning a refreshing instant-win element, where Summit retailers will have the chance to win unopened boxes from Topps, Panini and Press Pass as well as Yugioh play mats from Konami.

“Our goal at Sweet Deal is helping each of our retailer clients become more successful – and we intend to communicate that in a very meaningful way throughout this year’s Summit,’’ Bronson said.

In addition to its retailer-focused promotions, Sweet Deal has aggressively supported the Summit’s Retailer Scholarship Program by bringing more than 20 brick-and-mortar store operators to this year’s trade conference.
For more information on Sweet Deal, check out the company’s all-new website at

BenchWarmer brings ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Roderick to 2013 Summit

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LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2013) – Brande Roderick, the model and actress currently featured on NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’’ will be the special autograph guest at the BenchWarmer Trading Cards booth during the 2013 Industry Summit, organizers announced today.

Roderick, the 2001 Playboy Playmate of the Year, will appear Sunday, March 17 and Monday, March 18, and will personalize special BenchWarmer/Summit commemorative trading cards for the company’s customers at the annual trade conference for sports and entertainment collectible professionals.

In addition, BenchWarmer CEO Brian Wallos will preview the company’s upcoming products and provide his unique assessment of the trading card market during a presentation to Summit attendees.

For more information on BenchWarmer Trading Cards, visit

Topps plans largest-ever Retailing for Success seminar at 2013 Summit

Topps expands major sponsorship of 2013 Industry Summit


LAS VEGAS (March 4, 2013) – The Topps Company will host the largest retailer seminar in industry history, bringing its executive team together with more than 250 independent sports collectible retailers for a featured event at the 2013 Industry Summit trade conference.

Featuring value-packed presentations from leading U.S. and Canada retailers, this year’s Topps “Retailing For Success” seminar will provide retailers from across North America with innovative tools and strategies for expanding their sports card and collectible businesses.

“To have this many hobby shops represented in one location is great for the industry,’’ said Lee Nielsen, the company’s VP/Sales. “Everyone at Topps is committed to helping these talented retailers expand their businesses in any way we can.’’
The Topps seminar is scheduled Monday, March 18, during prime time of the industry’s annual trade event. The 250 confirmed retailing participants will comprise “the largest seminar in Retailing For Success history, without question,’’ moderator Alan Narz said.

The afternoon seminar will also feature a unique Q&A opportunity with Topps executives, including Nielsen; VP/GM Doug Kruep, VP/Sports Mark Sapir, VP/Product Development Clay Luraschi, Hobby Sales Director David Reel, VP Finance/Operations David Leiner and Trade Marketing Director Rachelle King.
“We look forward to a great afternoon of business building – along with plenty of fun and networking opportunities as well,’’ Nielsen said.