Monthly Archives: March 2014

Want $500 cash? Great Memory Lane consignment offer!

Memory Lane – the prominent sports auction house and new Industry Summit corporate partner — is offering up to $500 in on-the-spot cash to Summit attendees who consign items to its Spring Auction.


The offer is exclusive to registered Summit attendees; Memory Lane will accept card and autograph consignments from the sports, non-sports, Americana, historical and Hollywood categories.

“Everybody likes some extra walking-around money during their stay in Las Vegas,” said JP Cohen, Memory Lane owner. “If Summit attendees are willing to bring some cool items to Vegas, we thought it would be fun to reward them with up to $500 in cold, hard cash – on the spot at our corporate booth.”
To qualify for the $500 award, consignments must have a value of $5000 or more. If the qualifying item value is less than $5000, Memory Lane will offer a 10% cash payment to the consigner.

For more information on the special Summit offer or Memory Lane’s plans for the 2014 Industry Summit, contact the company via or via phone at 714-730-0600.


Amazon announces plans for 2014 Summit

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Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, will be presenting at the 2014 Industry Summit, the annual trade conference for sports and entertainment collectible professionals.
During the Tuesday (March 18th) morning address, Amazon representatives will update attendees on their sports collectible marketplace, offer compelling opportunities for current and prospective sellers and discuss exciting upcoming innovations to help increase seller success. In addition, the representatives will conduct individual meetings onsite with sports collectible retailers, designed to provide best practices for selling on Amazon as well as to garner feedback from existing sellers, on Monday March 17th.

All those interested in attending the presentation, please RSVP as soon as possible to All attendees will have an opportunity to enter a raffle to win a brand new KINDLE FIRE HD!
Summit attendees hoping to schedule an individual meeting with Amazon representatives should email at their earliest convenience.

LCS, Group Breaker annual meetings to kick off Summit

LAS VEGAS – More than 250 local card store owners from across the US and Canada will convene Sunday, March 16, for the LCS annual meeting – a critical agenda-setting event for the 2014 Industry Summit.

During the 2-hour LCS-exclusive meeting, retailers will discuss and prioritize issues and opportunities across the hobby marketplace. In addition, attendees will develop the questions that will be posed during manufacturer panel discussions and Q&A sessions throughout the Summit.

“This meeting is our opportunity to speak with one voice to the manufacturers, licensors, distributors and service providers,’’ said Wayne Wagner, an Edmonton-based retailer who will serve as a co-chair of the LCS meeting. “The annual meeting is the one time, each year, that we can come together and really target ideas that will improve the market – for hobby retailers, and ultimately, the collectors that we all serve.’’

Joining Wagner as co-chairs for the LCS annual meeting are Charlie DiPietro (Sports Cards Plus, TX), Lisa Stellato (Never Enough Cards, NY), Mike Fruitman (Stadium Sports, CO), Gary Mills (West Allis Sports Cards, WI) and Jim Bernardini (Lefty’s, CA). In addition to facilitating discussion during the annual meeting, the co-chairs will be tasked with posing questions prioritized during the LCS meeting to executives from Topps, Panini America and Upper Deck during Tuesday’s manufacturer panel discussion.

“We definitely have a lot to discuss,’’ Mills said. “I look forward to working with the entire group to bring forward the best topics and ideas at this year’s Summit.”;

GROUP BREAK ANNUAL MEETING: Concurrent with the LCS annual meeting, the industry’s group breakers will gather to discuss strategies for moving their segment of the market forward. The Group Breaker annual meeting will take place at 12:30 PM on Sunday, March 16.

Co-chairs for the annual meeting will be Doug Caskey of and Michael Hodges of STL Sports Cards. In addition to product and marketing initiatives, the group will discuss industry research opportunities with the team at Mosaiq Market Intelligence Group.

Access to the group breaker meeting is limited to authorized group breakers. In addition to chairing the meeting, Hodges and Caskey will be tasked with posing questions prioritized during the Group Breaker meeting to executives from Topps, Panini America and Upper Deck during the manufacturer panel discussion and subsequent Q&A session. host Kevin Isaacson at