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Panini America Offering 2017-18 NBA Hoops Premium Factory Set as Online Exclusive

November 22, 2017

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One of the most venerable NBA trading card products on the planet just got a lot more . . . premium. In a surprise unveiling, Panini America officials today launched the online-exclusive 2017-18 NBA Hoops Premium Factory Set, a 301-card offering that includes 300 2017-18 NBA Hoops cards on premium holofoil stock and one hard-signed Kobe Bryant Career Tribute autograph numbered to only 20.

Every card in this special version of 2017-18 NBA Hoops Basketball is numbered to just 199; of the 300 cards in each Premium Factory Set, 10 are Kobe Bryant Tribute cards and 43 are Rookie Cards featuring the likes of Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr. and more) — all numbered to just 199.

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Signs of Black Friday: Panini America Peeks the Autograph Excellence of 2017 Set

November 21, 2017

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Here we are, just a few days from the biggest shopping day of the year and signs of Black Friday are all around us — on television commercials, website banner ads, radio spots, print ads and seemingly everywhere else that might attract a set of eyeballs, a set of ears or a flurry of mouse-button clicks. But nowhere are the signs of Black Friday more exciting than in the gallery below. Actually, make that the signatures of Black Friday.

Indeed, Panini America’s 2017 Black Friday promotion is brimming with autographs from some of the biggest superstars, legends and rookies from the worlds of baseball, basketball, football, NASCAR and soccer. And in the gallery that follows, we showcase a little bit of everything punctuating Panini America’s magical black-foiled Black Friday packs.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Opens Three Early Boxes of 2017 Chronicles Baseball

November 21, 2017

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With the Thanksgiving holiday just two short days away, know this: Panini America is doing its part to make sure collectors across the country have plenty to be thankful for this week. In addition to the phenomenon known as the company’s 2017 Black Friday Promotion, company officials also are releasing three new products tomorrow: 2017 Illusions Football2017 Chronicles Baseball and 2017-18 Ascension Basketball.

Yesterday was devoted to scene-setting Quality Control Gallery previews for each of those products. Today, we’re entering the Teaser Gallery stage that takes collectors directly to the box level. We began this morning with a four-box tease of 2017 Illusions Football. Now, we’re shifting our focus to a three-box preview of 2017 Chronicles Baseball. On average, each hobby box of 2017 Chronicles Baseball (five cards per pack, 12 packs per box) will deliver, on average, three autographs, one memorabilia card and eight numbered cards.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Breaks Four Early Boxes of 2017 Illusions Football

November 21, 2017

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With the Thanksgiving holiday just two short days away, know this: Panini America is doing its part to make sure collectors across the country have plenty to be thankful for this week. In addition to the phenomenon known as the company’s 2017 Black Friday Promotion, company officials also are releasing three new products tomorrow: 2017 Illusions Football, 2017 Chronicles Baseball and 2017-18 Ascension Basketball.

Yesterday was devoted to scene-setting Quality Control Gallery previews for each of those products. Today, we’re entering the Teaser Gallery stage that takes collectors directly to the box level, beginning with 2017 Illusions Football. On average, each hobby box of 2017 Illusions Football (five cards per pack, 10 packs per box) will deliver two autographs, two memorabilia cards and one First Impressions RPA. Trophy Collection base parallels will be found only in the slabbed-and-silver-wrapped card in each box.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2017-18 Ascension Basketball (93 Images)

November 20, 2017

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Panini America is delivering a technicolor twist to the world of basketball cards this week with the release of the all-new 2017-18 Ascension Basketball, easily one of the most vivid, striking product releases you’ll see all season long. The product delivers a colorful collecting experience equipped with an arresting array of inserts and autographs of the scintillating 2017 NBA Draft class and the game’s top veterans.

Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America on Wednesday, each hobby box (five cards per pack, 12 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) of 2017-18 Ascension Basketball will deliver, on average, one autograph, one Rookie Card, one Rookie Card variation and five inserts. Look for the return of Rookie Ascent on-card autographs that got their beginning in 2016-17 Grand Reserve Basketball. The rare Overdrive die-cut inserts fall just one per case, on average.

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iCollectPanini.com Begins Online Portion of Panini America 2017 Black Friday Promo

November 20, 2017

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Just as we do every year, we’ve had many collectors ask how they can get involved in the Panini America Black Friday phenomenon if there are no participating brick-and-mortar hobby shops in their area. Well, just like we do every year, we’ve got you covered. Starting today and until supplies last, collectors who purchase selected products on iCollectPanini.com will receive the equivalent number of 2017 Black Friday packs with their order.

So you have two ways to participate: Visit one of the participating hobby shops in your area or visit iCollectPanini.com. You can get complete details on this year’s online component after the jump.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2017 Chronicles Baseball (100+ Images)

November 20, 2017

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Panini America’s new 2017 Chronicles Baseball is like a melting pot of multi-product magnificence, a unique, catchall kind of release featuring new additions to several key Panini America product’s — including some you’ve seen in baseball (like staples Donruss and Prizm) and some you haven’t (like Gold Standard, Spectra and more). Of course, 2017 Chronicles Baseball also delivers its own base set, too; one that pays tribute to the biggest rookies and developments from the 2017 season.

Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America on Wednesday, each hobby box of 2017 Chronicles Baseball (five cards per pack, 12 packs per box) will deliver, on average, three autographs, one memorabilia card and eight numbered cards. It won’t take long viewing the revealing Quality Control Gallery that follows for collectors to familiarize themselves with what Chronicles is all about. Enjoy the sneak peek and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

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