Collectibles Industry Summit
The Collectibles Industry Summit (also known as the "Vegas Summit" and the "Kit Young Hawaii Show") is an annual trade show held usually in late March that gathers businesses from across all segments of sports collectibles industry into one location. Many of the top manufacturers send representatives to give presentations and provide question and answer sessions to dealers and members of the Hobby press. Unlike The National, there is no card show involved and very few members of the general public attend the event.
Originally organized by veteran card dealer Kit Young, for much of the event's early years the show took place in Hawaii. Over the years, Young sold the company and ownership of the show has passed through many hands. In the early-00s, Krause Publications -- the publishers of SCD and Tuff Stuff -- owned the show and moved the conference to Las Vegas. In May 2014, Beckett Media purchased the show and will organized their first Industry Summit in March 2015.
One of the highlights of the show are the distribution of "Black Boxes" from the manufacturers to conference attendees. Such boxes usually contain leftover high-end autographs, game-used cards, and low-numbered parallels.