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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

Best hobby-store promotion? Topps asks Summit retailers to weigh in

LAS VEGAS –The Topps Company has added a new, hobby shop-exclusive session to its 2014 Industry Summit presence, organizers announced today.

In addition to a Monday prime-time corporate address, Topps has scheduled an extended brainstorming session with brick-and-mortar store owners to discuss and prioritize upcoming hobby store promotions.

“The Summit provides a great opportunity to sit down with store owners and get their candid input,’’ said David Reel, Topps Vice President of Sales. “We want to hear what we’ve done well, what could be improved and where we should invest our promotional resources during the rest of 2014 and beyond.’’

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ESPN duo to moderate new Sports Auction panel discussion

LAS VEGAS – The high-profile sports auction industry will be in the spotlight during a first-ever Sports Auction Panel discussion during the 2014 Industry Summit.

Auction industry leaders including JP Cohen (Memory Lane), Ken Goldin (Goldin Auctions), Calvin Arnold (Heritage), Austin Vance (eBay) and Pete Quaglierini (NFL Auction) will address questions from attendees at the 5th annual trade conference, as well as co-moderators Michele Steele and Kelsey Schroyer from ESPN’s hobby-focused “Mint Condition” property.

“Sports auctions deliver a significant impact on collector behavior and enthusiasm – as well as providing compelling partnership opportunities across our entire industry,” said Kevin Isaacson, Industry Summit host. “We look forward to what promises to be a lively panel discussion, as well as the positive new business relationships that will certainly be created at this year’s Summit.”

Sports Images, Ultra Pro, Upper Deck partner for 25th anniversary bash

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2014 Industry Summit attendees are invited to celebrate 25 Years of Success with Sports Images, Ultra Pro and Upper Deck. Join all three companies for a celebration to remember, complete with cocktails, food, live music, gifts, prizes and a few other surprises.

Please have your Industry Summit badge to gain entrance. No RSVP necessary.

Date: Sunday March 16, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: DB’s Pong & Pool
Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd # 570
Las Vegas, NV 89109

eBay, Beckett Business Solutions, Panini partner for Summit launch event

eBay, Beckett Business Solutions and Panini America are working together to provide retailer attendees with a powerful trading card experience during opening ceremonies of the 5th annual Industry Summit trade conference.
eBay and Beckett Business Solutions have agreed to co-sponsor the 2014 Summit Launch Party, the first in several joint eBay/BBS activation. The sponsorship includes priority signage as attendees enter the corporate pavilion on Sunday, March 16, and strategic presentations throughout the 4-day event.

In addition, Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, will create a unique “Welcome To The Summit” trading card promo, provided exclusively to retailers as they enter the eBay/BBS Launch event.

“The eBay/BBS Launch event will kick off a very positive and energizing Summit,” said Rob Veres, vice president of Beckett Business Solutions. “We have some incredible progress to share; I can’t wait for March 16!”
Said Austin Vance, the category lead for Sports Memorabilia at eBay: “We are thrilled to partner with Beckett to drive innovation in the hobby, and look forward to announcing this exciting new product at the Industry Summit.”
Panini America’s welcome gift will be the first of many Panini activation opportunities during the Summit, including an expanded Corporate Address and its much-anticipated “Black Box” corporate gift.

Panini, Topps, Upper Deck to headline new Licensor/Licensee Forum

Hobby retailers who attend the 5th annual Industry Summit in March will have an expanded opportunity to interact with industry licensors and their manufacturing partners, thanks to the Summit’s new Licensor/Licensee Forum.
“The Summit’s primary objective is fostering an exchange of ideas among all classes of trade,” said Kevin Isaacson, host of the annual industry trade conference. “The Licensor/Licensee forum will create numerous opportunities for our licensor partners and their licensees to address key issues and outline growth opportunities with more than 350 leading retailers from across the U.S. and Canada.”

The Summit’s licensing partners traditionally include NHL Enterprises, NHL Players Association, NFL Properties, Players Inc., NBA Properties, MLB Properties and MLB Players Association. Their licensees, notably trading card manufacturers Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck, are expected to play key roles in this year’s forum.

Among the Forum’s interactive formats: Solution Sessions (small-group brainstorming), multiple Q&A segments and sport-specific promotional development meetings.

“Early response from our licensor partners and their licensees has been very positive,” Isaacson said. “We believe this year’s Forum program will bring forward the very best ideas and opportunities – as well as creating increased collaboration among retailers and all of our industry partners.”