Editor’s Blog: Industry Summit: See You There?

I’ll be in Las Vegas for the 2012 Industry Summit starting Sunday.  It’s a chance for retailers, distributors, manufacturers and others in the sports collectible industry to get together and share ideas, discuss issues and trends in the industry and meet each other face-to-face rather than via cyberspace.

It’s not a card show and that’s what’s good about it.  The focus is on the hobby/industry itself–not buying and selling (although there will no doubt be some of that going on).

Along with organizer Kevin Isaacson, we’ll let you know what’s going on and come away with some fresh stories on topics that are of interest to the industry as a whole.

If you’re going and want to talk about Sports Collectors Daily, want to offer yourself as a resource, need our help, have a question about hobby, social or mainstream media or  have a business idea, please get in touch ([email protected]).


Someone at the Summit is going to wind up on a trading card for their prodigious…putting skills.

Leaf Trading Cards (www.leaftradingcards.com) is sponsoring a putting competition at the Peach State Sports (www.peachstatesports.com) booth for retailers. The Grand Prize winner will be featured on an autographed 2012 Leaf Golf card.  No one will walk away empty-handed.

During booth hours, each registered retailer will have one opportunity to sink a 20-25 foot putt. Those who do sink it will have a putt-off on Wednesday morning to determine a Grand Prize winner as well as a runner up. The Grand Prize winner will have his/her own autograph card in 2012 Leaf Golf. The Grand Prize winner will also have a choice of either 1) a personally owned golf club from Michael Jordan’s private set, or 2) a Jack Nicklaus tournament used club. The runner up will receive the remaining prize. As a consolation prize, those who do not sink their initial putt will receive one advanced release of a 2012 Leaf Metal Golf autograph card.

In addition, Leaf is bringing to the event an authentic Masters Green Jacket from former member and famed automotive pioneer, John DeLorean.  Leaf recently acquired the jacket and is offering all attendees an opportunity to be photographed with it.

2012 Leaf Metal Golf is a soon to be released product featuring technology which Leaf boasts as the industry standard for technology driven card sets. It features on-card signatures of 49 past and present personalities from the men’s and women’s PGA and European Tours and low serial-numbered cards of legendary players such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player as well as first autograph cards of up and coming Tour stars such as Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Brendan Steele, Matteo Manassero, Webb Simpson and 2011 FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas.

“Leaf is excited to participate in this fun promotion with one of our distributors, Peach State Sports,’’ said Leaf CEO Brian Gray. “I am even more excited to see the putting skills of conference attendees.”