Panini America’s Next Day Autos Impress Monday at 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sequestered for two days in a sleepy but supple hotel in northern New Jersey, 37 of the most promising rookies in the NBA spent the better part of Sunday and Monday helping Panini America officials make basketball card magic. They were in New Jersey to take part in the two-day Rookie Transition Program prior to today’s 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y.
In addition to knocking out a huge chunk of their signing responsibilities for Panini America’s upcoming 2013-14 NBA trading card calendar, the rookies also helped turn the company’s popular Next Day Autographs in record time.
They slipped on their new NBA jerseys for grip-and-grin photographs throughout the day on Sunday. By Monday at 1 p.m., the finished trading cards arrived back at the host hotel on an extremely expedited shipment of precious cargo that was met with rave reviews as soon as it arrived.
After a few priceless moments of breathless inspection, each of the players began autographing 100 of their first official NBA trading cards for insertion later this year into 2013-14 Panini Basketball. We’ve provided a must-see examination of most of the cards — as well as some cool shots of the players signing them — in the gallery below.
Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance on Tuesday when the action moves across state lines for the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in New York. Follow along all day on the @PaniniAmerica Twitter account and the hash tag #PaniniNBARookie.