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Leaving Las Vegas: Panini America Recaps a Wildly Successful 2012 Industry Summit

March 23, 2012

From the opening day to the final furious night, Panini America made one bold statement after another during the just-completed 2012 Industry Summit, one of the most important events on the trading card industry calendar every year.

Panini America officials took a leadership position throughout the three days in Las Vegas, partnering with Peach State Sports to bring 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson for a public signing on Sunday night, and with GTS Distribution and Cardboard Connection for an absolutely raucous Ultimate Case Break party on Tuesday night.

In between, Panini America executives caused another Black Box frenzy, and engaged and interacted with attendees through compelling public addresses, meaningful one-on-one meetings and informal round-table discussions that were as revealing as they were well received.

We covered all of the action right here on The Knight’s Lance, but before we look ahead to the action-packed months ahead, we wanted to take one final look back with a gallery of Panini America’s powerful presence at the 2012 Industry Summit.

You can access all of our Summit coverage by clicking the links below:

Panini America Kicks Off the 2012 Industry Summit with Trent Richardson Signing

BREAKING: Panini America Inks Exclusive Agreement with USA Baseball

Panini America & GTS Distribution to Host Live Ultimate Case Break Tuesday Night

USA Baseball COO David Perkins Addresses New Agreement with Panini America

Video/Gallery: Panini America Recaps Black Box Madness at the 2012 Industry Summit

27 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2012 10:47 am

    MY HAND MADE THE PICTURES! Well, holding the Landeskog card at least 🙂 Thanks to Panini, the other manufacturers, Kevin I, all the card stores and everyone else for making the Hobby Summit 2012 so rewarding. While my batteries haven’t fully recharged, I’m already looking forward to 2013 in Vegas!

    Mike Fruitman
    Mike’s Stadium Sportscards

    • March 23, 2012 11:18 am

      Thanks for everything, Mike. As usual, it was great spending time with you.

      • March 23, 2012 11:21 am

        and if I see those personalized photos on EBAY, I’m headed to Arlington or wherever you guys are these days.

      • March 23, 2012 2:33 pm

        You have nothing to worry about, my friend.

      • March 25, 2012 11:26 pm


        Nice chatting with you as well man. Black boxes were a big hit again this year.

    • March 24, 2012 11:34 pm


      Nice meeting and having Dinner with you and the gang at Delmonicos.

      • March 25, 2012 1:37 am


        Being able to share your work with those that had not yet enjoyed it was arguably THE HIGHLIGHT of thr trip.

        Stay cool,

  2. Jamey permalink
    March 23, 2012 11:01 am

    The history of Trading Cards…their evolution. From “bicycle spoke” insert to “flipping” to “scaling”…to issues becoming so valuable, they’re spanned in impact resistant, UV-filtering cases. Auto’d GU rookies… contemporary players, changing hands in the eBay marketplace for $15,000 is not uncommon.
    Panini is now positioned at the forefront, and they clearly take the responsibility seriously by bringing collectors products possessing palpable and aesthetic value. This is an exciting time in the industry and hobby!

    • March 23, 2012 11:23 am

      Jamey, you are a cunning linguist for sure!

      • Jamey permalink
        March 23, 2012 2:56 pm

        Thank you, Hudson. It’s a gift 🙂

  3. March 23, 2012 11:06 am

    Looks like it was a great time, how wiped out were you after the marathon blog show on Tuesday Tracy? You did a lot of work and did a fine job!

    • March 23, 2012 11:17 am

      Appreciate it, Tom. It was crazy hectic but a blast. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

      • March 23, 2012 11:26 am

        Thanks for hosting the event, if you want help in the future controlling the chaos in the room I volunteer. You’ll just have to give me perma ops privleges when I’m in the room. Had a good time for sure!

      • March 23, 2012 2:34 pm

        Consider it done, Tom.

  4. Den1013 permalink
    March 23, 2012 11:42 am

    Enjoyed hanging out in the Panini blog room with you Tracy! Thanks for having some giveaways and for typing in all those blog tv user names! lol

  5. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 23, 2012 12:16 pm

    Great coverage for those of us who didn’t get to go. Thanks for it all Panini! Its much appreciated to see all of this!

  6. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    March 23, 2012 12:17 pm

    More and more and more great stuff from the leaders in the Sport card industry!! Way to go Panini! Keep up the great work!

  7. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 23, 2012 12:27 pm

    I also wanted to add..are all the Panini Unwrapped episodes going to be on the blogtv or are you going to post them here on the Knights Lance as well. I hope you post them here too! Really wanted to see the episodes of the week and the break of Totally Certified that was mentioned here yesterday.

    Keep up the great work. Looks like it was one fun week in Vegas. With Black Boxes, Trent Richardson, blogtv and all of the other crazy things!! At least none of you woke up with different things in your room like Mike Tyson’s tiger or a monkey or a finger.

    • Matt Gilman permalink
      March 23, 2012 12:28 pm

      I ask because don’t have any idea how that works on there and I really would miss my Panini videos!!

    • March 23, 2012 2:35 pm

      Funny. Yes, we’ll keep doing our traditional YouTube Unwrapped episodes as well.

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        March 23, 2012 3:40 pm

        Awesome! Great to hear Tracy.

  8. Todd W. permalink
    March 23, 2012 9:15 pm

    Is it true there were 31 REDEMPTIONS in the 2 case break of Limited and Certified football!! How did THAT go over with you guys there…

    • March 23, 2012 9:35 pm

      I didn’t hear that particular account. In fact, I didn’t hear anyone complaining that night.

      • March 23, 2012 10:00 pm

        No complaints here. Of course lucking out with the Avalanche and pulling that sweet Landeskog along with some cool other autos and relics made it a great night. I am already looking forward to another Case Break in 2013 in Vegas 🙂

  9. March 23, 2012 10:22 pm

    Tracy, Great job covering The Summit. The case breaks were loads of fun. I participated in the Elite Extra Edition Baseball and the Preferred Basketball case breaks. And, I wish I could have gotten in on the Totally Certified Football case break.

    We got our Totally Certified Football in today at the store and customers tore through it like it was a case break. Had to order more from my distributor.

  10. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 28, 2012 11:42 pm

    would love to have been there…

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