‘State of Sports Collectibles’ panel set

Summit’s opening discussion to feature Shaffer, Kaplan, Exarhakos, Martin, Rosenberg, Larry

The current state and short-term future of the sports collectible industry will be assessed during the 2015 Industry Summit’s opening panel discussion.

Organizers have assembled five compelling presenters from each of the Summit’s first five years to provide candid, unvarnished analysis of the primary marketplace for sports cards, autographs and memorabilia. The featured panel is scheduled Monday morning, March 16. Panelists include:

  • Victor Shaffer, executive VP at Fanatics Authentic

  • Angelo Exarhakos, president of Universal Distribution

  • Adam Martin, CEO of www.DACardWorld.com

  • Jeff Rosenberg, CEO of TRISTAR Productions

  • Evan Kaplan, Director, licensing and business development, MLBPA.

The session will be moderated by Adam Larry, the NHLPA’s Director/Licensing and Associate Counsel, and Kevin Isaacson, host of the Industry Summit.

“Our panelists have been heavily invested in the industry for more than 15 years,” Isaacson said. “Their combined expertise runs the gamut – online, shows, brick-and-mortar stores, group and individual licensing, distribution and manufacturing. We look forward to a very revealing discussion.”

Among the potential topics up for debate: The positive and/or negative impact of exclusive licensing agreements; the long-term viability of brick-and-mortar hobby stores in an increasingly online market; the prospect for revamped distribution models, including the direct-to-consumer channel; and a forward-looking snapshot at group breaks, through the prism of two decades of hobby experience.

Panelists will also have the opportunity ask questions of one another, adding a unique twist to the discussion. Summit attendees may also suggest questions/topics by contacting the co-moderators.