isn’t a respected source in the collectible industry,” said Brian Drent of Mile High Card Company. "While many of us may be competitors at the conference we understand that by working with our esteemed peers at events such as these, we all benefit. By promoting what is positive about the collectible industry and tacking difficult issues head on we will ensure the professional path we pave today will serve us all well in the future.”
The four-day PCCE event will be limited to less than 100 exhibitors, which makes up the nation’s top auction houses, dealers and authentication companies, to ensure a quality event and environment. The event will feature ample time and space to meet, buy, sell, consign and become better acquainted with the top industry sources. Major grading and authentication companies have agreed to provide onsite services for attendees. There will also be special exhibits of high-end items. Round table discussions for the public will be conducted on topics such as graded cards, authentication, game used memorabilia and autographs, insurance of collectibles, and collecting tips. Several question and answer sessions with the industry’s top experts will also be held. Exhibitors will participate in special roundtable discussions geared specifically to their needs. Topics during these sessions will include advertising and overall marketing, technology, insurance, image improvement, and the state of the industry.
Allen observes that while the PCCE has been created to assist the collectible industry adjust to its new big business role today and in the future, it is interesting to note that its basic concept behind it remains rooted in the past.
“During the collectible industry’s infancy, especially with sports items, it was individuals who really understood and respected the material that would get together and work toward furthering their common passion,” said Allen. “When you think about it, that’s what the PCCE really is with an added emphasis on the business component. It’s often a nod and respect for the past that positions you well for success in the future.”
For more information or to attend the Premier Collectibles Conference & Exhibition, go to www.pcce2008.com.