NEW ORLEANS — Last Saturday in New Orleans, Panini America celebrated NBA All-Star Weekend in the heart of Champions Square with a festive, fun and engaging All-Star VIP Suite on the fifth floor of Benson Tower. Throughout the day, top NBA rookies Brandon Ingram, Jamal Murray, Marquese Chriss and Buddy Hield stopped by to sign autographs for upcoming Panini America releases and to interact with guests.
By the time the afternoon rolled around, Golden State Warriors superstar — and Panini America exclusive athlete — Kevin Durant arrived to greet attendees and engage in a few intense games of Pop-A-Shot with noted basketball social media influencer FamousLos32 and slam-dunk sensation Guy Dupuy. Before the day was done, FamousLos32 had unveiled his Panini Instant Rookie Card and NBA legend Spud Webb had dropped by for a quick signing session. It was a whirlwind day filled with memories to last a lifetime.
Pittsburgh Steelers center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke concluded a productive first week at Panini America as part of the NFLPA Externship program by sitting down with Tracy Hackler to break a box of the new 2016 Plates & Patches Football for a must-see episode of Panini Unwrapped. In addition to discussing his first week on the job, Ume-Ezeoke also delivered a bombshell surprise regarding one special trading card.
Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of Ume-Ezeoke’s Panini America NFLPA Externship.
Editor’s Note: As part of the NFLPA Externship program, Pittsburgh Steelers center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke is spending three weeks at Panini America working in the Production, Prepress, Product Development, Acquisitions and Marketing departments. Each Friday during his externship, Ume-Ezeoke will document his time inside Panini America HQ. This is his first dispatch.
Playing in the NFL, you never think about the production of trading cards and sports products. Your sole focus is to be the best on the field so learning about the components of collectible items and sportswear wasn’t my main focus. But when the opportunity was presented by the NFLPA Externship program to extern with Panini America, their exclusive trading card partner during the offseason, I jumped on it without any hesitation. I chose Panini America because I knew they were one of the leading licensing partners of the NFLPA – plus, I always see their logo everywhere.
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.
With the NBA All-Star Break and trade deadline now behind us, players returned to the court last night (some in new locations) intent on making a second-half playoff push. For their part, NBA trading card collectors are invited to participate in the second annual Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion at 400 hobby shops nationwide to win more than 50,000 prizes, including the chance to spend a day with an NBA player.
Every time a collector purchases a pack of Panini America NBA trading cards at a participating hobby shop during the 30-day period between February 27 and April 15 will be one step closer to spending the day with an NBA player or winning one of the 50,000 prizes. For a complete list of participating hobby shops, visit the Panini NBAPOD Hobby Shop Locator at www.PaniniPOD.com.
Panini America’s 2016-17 line of soccer trading cards promises to look quite a bit different than last year’s roster, beginning with the promising debut of the Aficionado brand on the pitch. We’ll have additional details on other product line changes in the coming weeks, but today we’re focusing our attention of 2016-17 Aficionado Soccer, set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in late March.
The product showcases soccer’s best and brightest stars with their club teams as well as with their national teams. The game’s top players will be featured in a variety of special inserts, including Magic Numbers, Power Surge, Craftwork and Meteor. Legends of the past will be honored in an insert fittingly dubbed “Heroes.”