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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2016-17 Noir Soccer (93 Sweet Images)

December 4, 2016

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If there’s one thing we learned about Panini America’s 2016 Flawless Soccer product released over the summer, it’s this: There is serious demand for high-end soccer products done right. Boasting a can’t-miss mix of beautiful aesthetics and absolutely stacked rosters of autograph and memorabilia cards, 2016 Flawless Soccer created an industry-wide heat wave that rivaled anything Mother Nature delivered. News flash: Another heat wave is on the way to warm up your December.

Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America on Wednesday, Panini America’s 2016-17 Noir Soccer offers a stark contrast to the traditionally clean Flawless feel with a distinctly dark color scheme and an equally impressive content mix. Although each box of 2016-17 Noir Soccer advertises three autographs and two memorabilia cards, most boxes will over-deliver on that claim.

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Molina, Harden, Witten and More

December 2, 2016

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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 week so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Opens Boxes of 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football

December 2, 2016

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In a product filled with signature moments (literally every card produced for the new 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football includes an autograph), the process of busting packs becomes tangibly more invigorating that it ordinarily would be — and that’s saying something because there’s nothing quite like a feverish breaking session.

And so it was that we set out this morning to rip a few boxes of 2016 Donruss Signatures Series Football for the express purpose of the following Teaser Gallery. Frankly, there’s a lot to like about this year’s release and we unearthed much of that in the six boxes we busted. The Elusive Ink insert and this season’s stacked rookie crop are big players in 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football. Key veteran and legend autographs are, too.

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The 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football Elusive Ink Checklist: An Appreciation

December 1, 2016

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Depending upon one’s perspective, the word “elusive” can connote many different things. Hard to find. Hard to get. Hard to keep. Hard to even fathom (like good grades in any math class I’ve ever taken). Slippery in the open field. But if you happen to be Merriam-Webster, you know that “elusive” means “tending to evade grasp or pursuit.” And it’s that definition that fueled Panini America Football Brand Managers when they set out to build the checklist for 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football’s Elusive Ink insert.

For in the world of certified autograph trading cards, “elusive” can best be boiled down by some version of this: “Dude! That guy never signs!” But when 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football arrives in hobby shops and on group-break sites across North America tomorrow, collectors will be pleasantly surprised to discover that sometimes, in rare cases such as the 36-card Elusive Ink insert, some of those guys do.

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Grand Finale: Panini Eternal to End Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI Anniversary Set in Style

December 1, 2016

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During the last seven weeks, Panini America has used its Panini Eternal platform to partner with the New England Patriots in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the franchise’s 20-17 triumph over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. That’s when Tom Brady first became a household name . . . when Adam Vinatieri became an stone-cold closer . . . when the Patriots started building their dynasty.

Each Thursday during the last seven weeks, Panini Eternal has launched a new Super Bowl XXXVI anniversary card honoring key moments and pivotal players from the 2001 season as a lead-up up to this Sunday’s game against the Rams, when the Patriots will honor their first Super Bowl championship with a special halftime ceremony. Panini Eternal will also pay tribute to this weekend’s culmination with some grand plans of its own. Read more…

Teaser Gallery: Panini America Breaks Early Boxes of 2016-17 Court Kings Basketball

November 30, 2016

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Panini America’s 2016-17 Court Kings Basketball arrives in hobby shops across North America on Friday and you can bet it will be basking in the trademark blend of vibrant colors, artistic nuance and NBA majesty that has served the product so well during a decorated run that started with the 2009-10 release. As you saw in yesterday’s Quality Control Gallery, everything that collectors have come to covet in Court Kings — the oversized Box Toppers, the Performance Art game-dated memorabilia cards, the oversized Art Nouveau memorabilia cards, the tiered Rookie Card structure and more — returns in a big way.

In the Teaser Gallery that follows, we take you card by card through five early boxes of 2016-17 Court Kings Basketball, an aesthetically pleasing experience that showcases the refreshing nature of the brand. On average, each 10-card box should deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card, two Rookie Cards, two inserts or parallels and four base cards. But as you’ll see, one of our boxes delivered a bonus 11th card in the form of a second autograph.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: Target-Only 2016 Rookies & Stars Football

November 30, 2016

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Here’s one way you know that Panini America’s venerable Rookies & Stars Football franchise has an intensely loyal following: Just minutes after the product checklist got posted to the company website earlier this week, collectors started asking for more information on a 2016 edition that has yet to be previewed. So in the must-see Quality Control Gallery that follows, we’re pulling the curtain back in a big way on the upcoming and Target-exclusive 2016 Rookies & Stars Football.

The first thing longtime Rookies & Stars aficionados will appreciate about this year’s release is the traditional insert lineup that includes the likes of Century Stars, Great American Heroes, Dress For Success, Cross Training, the Optichrome-infused Crusade chase and the triumphant return of Action Packed (minus the embossing but still impactful).

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