PHOENIX — Yesterday afternoon, the typically sultry confines of Arizona were no match for the heat being generated inside an air-conditioned hotel ballroom that for most of the week will be home to Panini America’s annual Spring Training Road Trip. But on Tuesday, baseball took a back seat, if only temporarily, to a special sneak preview break of Panini America’s upcoming 2016 National Treasures Football featuring group breakers Ultimate Box Breaks, Mojobreak.com, Blez Brothers and 702 Breaker$.
With their respective rapt audiences tuning in live to the festivities, the four breakers spent the afternoon offering a scintillating early look at one of the most anticipated products of the year. If you watched any of the breaks live, you know exactly what we’re talking about. If you didn’t, well, don’t fret. In the gallery that follows, we provide a must-see recap of many of the monster hits that surfaced yesterday.
Panini America’s never-been-done before Aficionado Basketball brand takes its lead, at least aesthetically, from 1996 Aficionado Baseball, a product from a proud collecting era that made a name for itself with just one solitary release. Fast forward more than 20 years and Panini America’s Basketball Product Development Team is preparing to introduce NBA collectors to the Aficionado experience with Friday’s release of 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball.
Back in 1996, Aficionado stood out on the strength of its base-card aesthetics. As you’ll see in the Quality Control Gallery that follows, the good looks return — along with a bevy of modern niceties that weren’t necessarily commonplace two decades ago. As 2016-17 Aficionado Basketball’s solicitation suggests, the product is “designed, built and tailored to be a true collector’s product.” On average, each hobby box (eight cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card and 20 inserts or parallels.
Later today, live from the Arizona leg of the 2017 Panini Spring Training Road Trip, four group breakers will temporarily shift their focus from National Treasures Baseball to National Treasures Football for a unique sneak-preview break of the upcoming 2016 National Treasures Football. Beginning at 1 p.m. PST, Ultimate Box Breaks, Mojobreak.com, Blez Brothers and 702 Breaker$ will combine to bust more than 20 boxes of one of the year’s most anticipated products.
In the spirit of today’s sneak peek event, we’re offering a preliminary glimpse of our own by showcasing just some of the 2016 National Treasures Football gems that surfaced during the recent packout process. Enjoy the early look and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of 2016 National Treasures Football, releasing nationally this Friday.
For anxious football collectors, the arrival of the 2017 NFL Draft late next month in Philadelphia can mean only one thing: The 2017 NFL collecting season is so close we can taste it. And once again this season, it will begin in grand fashion with the release of Panini America’s 2017 Score Football on April 26, just one day before the 2017 NFL Draft gets underway.
2017 Score Football’s hobby configuration will deliver a truly jumbo experience that includes 40 cards per pack and 10 packs per every hobby box. On average, each hobby box will deliver four autographs. The product will remain true to its proud roots by delivering a massive checklist that includes 330 veterans and 110 Rookie Cards (the first licensed NFL Rookie Cards of the season) and a plethora of compelling inserts from base to autographs to memorabilia.
Following a two-year run as a Target-exclusive retail release, Panini America is readying its popular Threads Basketball brand for a triumphant return to the hobby. And while there will be a retail version of the product complete with its own exclusive inclusions, 2016-17 Threads Basketball promises a bevy of hobby-only niceties, too. Foremost among them? Leather Rookie Cards and autograph inserts such as Signage, Rookie Signage, NBA Legends Ink, Team Threads Die-Cuts Autographs and Team Threads Die-Cuts Rookie Autographs.
Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in early May, 2016-17 Threads Basketball (six cards per pack, 20 packs per box, 20 boxes per case) will deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card, two Leather Rookie Cards and a whopping 18 inserts or parallels in every hobby box, on average.
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.