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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2016 Certified Football (141 Must-See Pics)

July 22, 2016

Panini America 2016 Certified Football QC2

The Mirror parallels. The Freshman Fabrics. The Immortals. The Certified Signatures. The rainbow array of shimmering-foil chases. Fabric of the Game. Calling-card brand staples one and all — and all well represented in 2016 Certified Football, Panini America’s newest NFL release set to arrive next Wednesday in hobby shops across North America.

One of football’s most endearing early season products, Certified Football is ramped up for the new season with a stacked 2016 edition. Each hobby box of 2016 Certified Football will deliver four autograph or memorabilia cards (including at least one rookie patch autograph), 12 inserts or insert parallels, six base cards, Rookie Cards or Immortals parallels, two Rookie Cards and one base Immortals card.

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Aikman, Syndergaard and More

July 22, 2016

Redemption Main July 24 Two

In an effort to keep collectors updated on the status of those Panini America redemption cards that are currently being processed, we’ll post a list every week, like the one included in the attachments below, detailing the most recent cards being fulfilled this week.

The following list is intended to inform collectors about which redemption cards from which products are being processed this week. We’ll update this list every Friday afternoon, so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2016 Black Gold Collegiate Football

July 21, 2016

Panini America 2016 Black Gold Collegiate Football QC2

So much has changed since Panini America first solicited the all-new 2016 Black Gold Collegiate in early May. Like, everything. Based on resounding feedback from distributors, hobby shops and collectors, the collegiate debut of Panini America’s popular Black Gold brand is no longer a multisport product. Indeed, when the product arrives in hobby shops across North America next Friday, it will do so as 2016 Black Gold Collegiate Football, a product devoted exclusively to the greatest legends and most recent stars of college football.

2016 Black Gold Collegiate Football will be extremely limited with a content mix that has been dramatically enhanced. Each pack of 2016 Black Gold Collegiate Football will deliver one base or parallel card numbered to 99 or less, three autograph or memorabilia cards numbered to 199 or less (including at least one on-card signature) and one Rated Rookie Logo or Collegiate Logo Manufactured Metal card numbered to 199 or less.

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Rare Photo Variations Deliver a Compelling Chase to 2016 Clear Vision Football

July 20, 2016

Panini America 2016 Clear Vision Football QC40

Panini America’s new 2016 Clear Vision Football, live everywhere today, might be causing some collectors to have double and even triple vision when it comes to certain players dotting the product checklist. Rest assured, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. There are multiple versions of, say, Jerry Rice, who appears on base cards as a 49er, a Raider and a Seahawk.

Rice is one of many current and retired superstars who appear on super-tough, base-set Photo Variations in 2016 Clear Vision Football. In the checklist below, we provide a breakdown of players who appear in the Variations 1 and Variations 2 sets. According to Panini America Football Brand Manager Rob Springs: “Level 1 variations are very short-printed. Level 2 variations are super tough.”

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Legends and New York Baseball Stars Round Out Panini America’s 2016 National Base Set

July 20, 2016

Panini America 2016 National Legends Kobe Bryant

With the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention set to begin two weeks from today, it’s time to start ramping up our preview coverage of everything Panini America has planned to steal collecting’s annual summer showcase once again. Over the last few weeks we’ve shown you bits and pieces, including early looks at the National VIP set, parts of Panini America’s multisport wrapper-redemption set and some of the unique NFL autographs planned for insertion.

Today, we’re going to finish our exploration of the wrapper-redemption base set by looking at the final two subsets: One honoring the game’s greatest legends from multiple sports and one honoring New York’s top baseball stars. Check out the visuals in the gallery below and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days as we start delivering sneak peeks and information on our plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention at a rapid rate.

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Teaser Gallery: 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Shines in a Must-See Two-Box Preview

July 19, 2016

Panini America 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Teaser1

From its highlighter-yellow packaging accents to its sublime use of the Prizm-perfect Optichrome technology, there’s a lot to catch the eye in Panini America’s new 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball. But it’s the stuff not visible at first glance that’s sure to strike a chord with many collectors — like unannounced Hot Boxes that deliver five autographs per box instead of two or 20 numbered Optic parallels instead of three.

Full disclosure: I didn’t even know Hot Boxes existed for 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball until I got about halfway through the second and final box I opened for the Teaser Gallery that follows. That’s when I pulled the third autograph. Two packs later I pulled the fourth. One pack later I pulled the fifth. It was an under-promise, over-deliver surprise of the highest order that had me confirming things with Panini America Brand Managers Micah Layton and Tim Trout.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Breaks Four Boxes of 2016 Clear Vision Football

July 19, 2016

Panini America 2016 Clear Vision Football Teaser1

As debut products go, Panini America’s inaugural edition of Clear Vision Football last year was largely well received because it was dramatically different in terms of look, feel, affordability and configuration. The all-acetate product presented autographs that were needle-in-a-haystack scarce but featured only top-notch talent in terms of veterans, legends and rookies.

In developing the follow-up 2016 Clear Vision Football, Panini America officials made sure to keep the best of what the Clear Vision debut delivered while also making enhancements that should resonate in a big way with collectors. This year, autographs are more plentiful, all Rookie Cards are numbered and each pack delivers a numbered insert, parallel or RC.

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