During tomorrow night’s first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, history will be made and dreams will come true during an electric opening night in Philadelphia — and Panini America will be ready to celebrate by making a little trading card history of its own. Beginning at 2 p.m. CST tomorrow, the Panini Instant website will launch Panini Instant 2017 NFL Draft cards for all 32 first-round selections. Roughly five hours later and one by one, those cards will be updated in real-time as each selection is made, meaning each new draftee’s first trading card with their new NFL team will be available just minutes after their name is called.
Of course, that also means that fans, collectors and speculators will have a good five-hour window to acquire the cards by pick number instead of player, which certainly could make things interesting. Be sure to check the Panini Instant website beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m. for additional details.
For many hardcore hoops hobbyists, the countdown to Panini America’s 2016-17 National Treasures Basketball release officially started just days after 2015-16 National Treasures Basketball dried up completely. Over the course of the last 11 months, the 2016 NBA Draft, the 2016 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot and the on-court ascendency of the brightest stars in the class have only fanned the flames of aNTicipation. Of course, we’ve done our fair share here on The Knight’s Lance to build the buzz, too.
But now, with the product set to hit exactly one week from today, it’s time to ramp up our previewing efforts. This time next week, 2016-17 National Treasures Basketball will arrive in hobby shops across North America to an eager audience. In the Quality Control Gallery that follows, you’ll see just some of the reasons for the excitement.
Panini America’s Nick Matijevich, the company’s Product Development Director for Football, issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding an inadvertent error that occurred in the recent release of 2016 National Treasures Football:
It has come to our attention that an inadvertent error was made in the authentication copy on three cards that appeared in the NFL Gear Quads Laundry Tag set from 2016 National Treasures Football. Only one of the three cards has made it to the secondary market at this time, but in doing our due diligence to determine how the error occurred, we discovered that two other cards in this parallel have the same uncorrected error in the authentication copy.
Today marks the glorious start of a landmark week in the life of the 2017 NFL season — and that’s as true for fans of the NFL Draft as it is for football collectors. On Thursday, the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft will kickoff the unofficial start of a new season as, one by one, 32 players will embark on their NFL journey when their names are called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. One day earlier, Panini America will kickoff the 2017 collecting season with the release of 2017 Score Football.
As you’ll see in the massive Quality Control Gallery that follows, there’s a lot to be excited about in 2017 Score Football, a grand, colorful celebration of seemingly everything fans and collectors love about the NFL. Throughout the checklist, you’ll find compelling inserts and subsets devoted to last season’s top fantasy performers . . . Color Rush uniforms . . . top defensive backs . . . huddles . . . legends . . . and so much more.
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.