Johnny Bench to Headline The Industry Summit as 2022 Keynote Speaker


The Industry Summit announced today that Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench will open the this year’s event on October 3, 2022 with a keynote address, followed by a Photo Meet and Greet for all attendees.

For the fourth consecutive year the appearance is made possible in part by Industry Summit supporters, eBay and GTS Distribution. This year’s conference takes place October 2-5 at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, preceded September 30-October 1 by an open-to-the-public card show.

Mr. Bench is considered by many to be the greatest catcher in baseball history as a cornerstone leader of the famed Big Red Machine. He spent his entire major league career (1967-83) with the Cincinnati Reds. His tenure included six division titles, four National League championships and two World Series titles. Titles. His personal achievements include 1968 NL Rookie of the Year, 14-time All Star, 2-time NL MVP, 1976 World Series MVP, 10-time Gold Glove recipient, and 2-time NL Home Run Leader. Mr. Bench was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1989. He is a member of the MLB 20th Century All-Century Team and MLB’s All-Time Team. He has experienced a robust post-career life as a radio and television broadcaster, actor, author and speaker.

In addition, Mr. Bench will be an autograph guest at the Industry Summit Card Show on October 1, an open-to-the-public event also at Harrah’s Convention Space.

A very special group of Industry Summit Registrants will have the opportunity to participate in a private dinner with Johnny Bench on Sunday, October 2. A small group of 10 attendees will experience a unique dinner and conversation with the baseball legend!. Each paid dinner attendee will receive a special autographed item and group photo of the evening. Details on how to participate are coming soon.

Other highlights of this year’s conference include manufacturer presentations, panel discussions, workshops, SummiTED Talks from industry leaders, a product showcase, athlete appearances, networking opportunities with licensors, licensees, distributors, and nightly events. More details will be announced throughout the summer.

The Industry Summit is a Beckett Collectibles property. It is the premier B2B conference for the collectibles industry. All retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and industry service providers are welcome to attend. For more information on registration for the conference and the Industry Summit Card Show, visit the official website or contact Ted Barker, Industry Summit Director by email ( or phone (817-805-1284).


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