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Can’t Make It to The National? Then Panini America is Bringing The National to You.

August 5, 2011

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Look, we here at Panini America realize that not everyone can make it to the 32nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention. We understand that and we sympathize with those loyal collectors who would love to be here but simply can’t be.

So we’re bringing a little bit of The National to you.

When no one was looking earlier today, I snagged a few of our highly coveted silver-foil wrapper-redemption packs that have kept the entire show buzzing since the doors first opened on Wednesday afternoon. And some lucky collectors enjoying this week’s extensive coverage of the show through The Knight’s Lance are going to win them.

All you have to do to be eligible to win a pack or two is simply comment on any of the National photos or videos we’ve posted so far — and will continue to post — this week. That’s it.

When we return to the office next week, we’ll select a fair amount of winning commenters at random and send you some of these show-stopping packs.

To make entering the contest from home as easy as possible, we’ve posted links to our National coverage so far below. We’ll add the most recent links to this list in the coming days. So sit back, enjoy the sights and sounds of the 32nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention and leave comments to your heart’s content.

We’ll do the rest.

Thanks for reading and good luck.

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106 Comments leave one →
  1. Rich permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:04 pm

    That is a great wat to give back to fans guys. I would enjoy a shot at anything you are giving away. Good luck everyone.


  2. nick rader permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:06 pm

    I think the football hand drawn sketch cards would be the best item to win. There will be many relic cards and many autos of these guys down the line but a hand drawn sketch where can u possibly get one from??? They are rare and unique.

  3. Billy Yates-Matoy permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:18 pm

    As always Panini is all about the collectors, I don’t see any of the other card companies doing anything for us, all they care about is making money not bringing the enjoyment of the hobby to us who matter the collectors. I have collected since I was four years old, I took a break for a couple of years because I couldn’t afford even one pack of cards, now I am older and I still love the hobby but with one change. I collect cards from the card company that has the same passion as I do for me and the hobby PANINI. Thank you guys for all you do for us and wish I could be there.

  4. Steve permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:22 pm

    thanks for the chance to win Panini . Next year I am hopefully going to be able to go . Military issues stopped me from going this year 😦

  5. ECGreenwood permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:31 pm

    It was nice meeting you and Scott on Thursday and discussing the all-veteran product idea amongst other things. Bring on the Woodson autos…and keep an eye out for my six missing Lee Evans Classics patches!!! -Ed

  6. Robert Steele permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:38 pm

    Get ready for the next craze in card collecting – player made doodles!! Artists they ain’t but it looks hilarious to see some of their art.

  7. August 5, 2011 6:38 pm

    Sure would like one of those packs….can’t get up to Chi town and it is darn ho there in Oklahoma – 110 today.

  8. August 5, 2011 6:58 pm

    This is great! It’s the only way we, international collectors, could get a piece of the action from the Nationals there in the States. If we are eligible to join. Haha! It’s a loooong shot, but a chance, nonetheless. Thank you!

  9. August 5, 2011 7:03 pm

    Panini does it right. Great promotions at the National.

    I would like to give away a “Silver Pack” to customers who buy a box of Panini products and an additional pack to those who open a box in my store and get a redemption card. Is this possible?

  10. beau permalink
    August 5, 2011 7:05 pm

    these packs are sick, wish i could have gone to chi town

  11. Tom Larsen permalink
    August 5, 2011 7:25 pm

    I’d love some packs, too. My fingers are aching for some ripping, especially when I’ve been seeing some amazing cards come out of your product. national or not.

  12. Marty permalink
    August 5, 2011 7:48 pm

    WOW I am saving now so I can make it to the next one for sure. You guys paint a pretty picture, I am so jealous of anyone there. Looking forward to a great season of releases from you guys. The sketch cards are the coolest I agree but to have a chance to open any wrapper redemption would be a rush. Thanks again and travel safe. Marty in COLORADO

  13. August 5, 2011 8:02 pm

    Thanks for always thinking of the collectors Tracy. Hope someone pulls something nice from one of those!

  14. Van permalink
    August 5, 2011 8:30 pm

    Now thats is a sweet collection of Prizes that I would galdly accept.
    Great Pics keep up the good work damm wish I was there !!
    From Down Under !!

  15. Jim permalink
    August 5, 2011 8:53 pm

    I was living in Chicago when I first started collecting NBA cards seriously (97-98 season). I went to the National that year (also held at Rosemont) with my nephew who was 11 at the time(and who’s responsible for me getting into collecting as an adult). I was such a new collector myself that I couldn’t appreciate the size and scope of the show. I’d love be able to get to another National now that I have been a hard-core collector since. Wish I were there.

  16. Jeff K permalink
    August 5, 2011 9:09 pm

    Just wanted to say Thanks for the opportunity to snag some of these silver redemption packs from all of us who couldn’t make it to Chicago. First Class move from a First Class company.

  17. August 5, 2011 9:28 pm

    Thank’s for another great contest Panini!

  18. August 5, 2011 10:08 pm

    I have been avoiding the blog the past couple of days after seeing all of the great stuff I was missing out on at the National… But this makes it all better! Thanks Panini for giving the rest of us a chance!

  19. Derek Stepan's # 1 Collector permalink
    August 5, 2011 10:16 pm

    Hi Tracy…….Man, i cant wait to go to a National in the “Big Apple” or Atlantic City, NJ …any chance you and the Panini Crew could make a pit stop in New York on your way back to Dallas…theres plenty of Cold Ones here…Im buying…lol ! Looks like everones having a Ball out there…im Dying to rip…Would you mind sending a handful of those SILVER FOIL Show-stoppers this way….Huh ? Anyway…enjoy the rest of the National…you Guys deserve it…rirrrrrrriiiiiipppppppppppppp ! Joe R. (NYC)

  20. Weirdmaniac permalink
    August 5, 2011 11:21 pm

    Panini rocks! Thats basically what I gather from all of the National coverage. You do so much for the collectors. Speaking on behalf of all collectors, we really appreciate it! Thanks for another chance for us collectors to get in on all of the action.

  21. August 5, 2011 11:43 pm

    I can’t wait for this! It is very nice of you guys to give out stuff when we can’t go. It is very appreciated of you guys to actually give us free stuff knowing not everything is free. Thanks for this nice contest of some sort and I hope I have a chance to get a wrapper redemption! 😀

  22. Darrl permalink
    August 5, 2011 11:55 pm

    Thanks panini, with I were there but it’s a long trip from west coast canada. Thanks for the updates, vids, pics, and contests!

  23. Fernando permalink
    August 5, 2011 11:56 pm

    Wish I could’ve been there, looks like a great time. Also, props to Panini for running these contests for us collectors. Good stuff!

  24. Greg Clark permalink
    August 5, 2011 11:59 pm

    –Mr. Tracy Hackler, It was a pleasure to meet you friday afternoon with my nephew Brian. As I said to you at the show “You are by far the best blogger on the web.” Keep up the great work bringing us fans closer to the behind the scenes action!
    –Great idea on snagging some of those silver packs for the blog reading fans who couldn’t make the show this year! I got mine at the show already & they are beautiful! Blog reader for life! Thanks!

    • August 7, 2011 12:16 am

      Great meeting you guys as well. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words.

  25. Bruce Sims permalink
    August 6, 2011 12:03 am

    Once again panini brings collecting to the collectors! Thanks everyone for all you do!

  26. Kevin C permalink
    August 6, 2011 1:15 am

    Thanks for this great chance at free packs! I saw the video by Scott Prusha highlighting what is going down at Nationals. It looks like a fantastic atmosphere to be breaking tonnes of packs and watching people make some great pulls. Tebow Auto #/2, Newton Auto #2/2, those are some fantastic rewards for breaking packs you’d normally do! I’m hoping I get a chance to break a pack or two 🙂

  27. Jay L permalink
    August 6, 2011 1:57 am

    What you guys do is great, giving back to the consumer…thanks for what you do panini!

  28. August 6, 2011 6:18 am

    That’s very cool of you guys! I’m going to have to get myself to Toronto for the Expo one of these years. Looks like everybody’s having a great time in Chi-town!

  29. August 6, 2011 10:41 am

    Thanks Panini, always stepping upto the plate to give EVERYONE an opportunity. Appreciate it.

  30. dakota permalink
    August 6, 2011 10:50 am

    thanks for the contest i would have loved to go to the national 😦

  31. JayKayZee permalink
    August 6, 2011 11:35 am

    Glad for the chance to win, and see you “sharing the love” for us homebodies.
    It agonizes me to think you guys just threw all those foil wrappers away though, I know our local SPCA collects those from all the Dave & Adams stores, and I think they recieve scrap $$$ back as donations…

  32. Aitor permalink
    August 6, 2011 11:50 am

    Thanks for the chance, good luck everyone

  33. August 6, 2011 12:15 pm

    Man youll are the best in the business panini continues its dominence of the card industry not only are the cards awesome but the on the spot with stars of the game signings and live interviews and updates and news from the 32nd national sports collectors convention.I really wanted to be there so bad I was going but had to put my wife in the hospital she got out yesterday and as a good man im taking care of her to get her well.I wanted to see the sights and sounds of being there and meet some great people and of course get some free give aways and cards ,I hope youll are having fun wish I could been there maybe next year 360 days away wow thats a ways away ok guys keep up the great work im done and out with card withdrawels lol later guys.

  34. August 6, 2011 12:41 pm

    I would love to get one of these. Never been to a national.

  35. Troy Fisher permalink
    August 6, 2011 12:45 pm

    I loved the wrapper redemption last year in Baltimore….wouldn’t mind winning some this year!!!!

  36. Brandon permalink
    August 6, 2011 2:10 pm

    GOLD, GOLD, GOLD!!! SILVER, SILVER, SILVER!!! Which one to chose???

  37. Mark permalink
    August 6, 2011 3:54 pm

    Great to see someone is doing the right thing thanks guys. There are tons of great stuff in the pics.Love the game used auto’s. Keep up the great work.Your customer service dept. is hands down the best by far Topps and UDuhhhh are horrible. Hey Trace when is release date for Dominion hockey? Thanks again.

    • August 6, 2011 4:32 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, man. I BELIEVE the Dominion date has been moved to early September. But I’ll confirm when I’m back in the office.

  38. David Barker permalink
    August 6, 2011 4:36 pm

    Couldn’t be at the National but you guys were entertaining on chat at the FCB greet.

  39. William M permalink
    August 6, 2011 5:25 pm

    Very cool idea!!!

  40. Rob Gilbert permalink
    August 6, 2011 5:34 pm

    I would love to crack those open with my boys and nephew, it would be happy hunting..

  41. Scott Krueger permalink
    August 6, 2011 6:05 pm

    Silver and Gold decorations would look great before my christmas tree even gets put up! Thanks for think of less privileged who would love to be attending.

  42. August 6, 2011 7:33 pm

    Would love to win one or two of these! 🙂

  43. Russell Siminoff permalink
    August 6, 2011 8:47 pm

    Sounds great, hope to make it next year.

  44. Zabrian permalink
    August 6, 2011 10:35 pm

    Tracy that is awesome!! its amazing to see that your giving the collectors who cant go to the nationals a chance to have somthing from it!! hopefully i will be able to go next year but thanks tracy and keep up the good work!

  45. Travis M. permalink
    August 7, 2011 12:46 am

    Thanks for the contest! I bet you wish you could give one pack out to all of Panini’s fans! I enjoy the updates from the show. Thank you. Hopefully I’ll be able to go one year.

  46. frankb permalink
    August 7, 2011 9:26 am

    Those are some great pics. Last fall we were at the Toronto expo and at the Panini redemption booth and we plucked some very cool cards. Hope to do this again this fall. Can you come up with product line that has the NHL all-stars and cards with different memorabilia like jersey, glove, skate, stick and pants combos? Maybe this can be an insert set.Thanks and keep up the great work your doing.

  47. Josh V permalink
    August 7, 2011 9:38 am

    Hey Tracy,
    Collector from Regina Saskatchewan Canada and would sure love to win some of them foil packs your giving away!!! Sick looking cards!!!!

  48. August 7, 2011 9:47 am

    panini does it again truly amazing products for everyone to enjoy i really like the rookie sketch cards from this years rookie class i would love to be there and and have a chance at some of these wonderful items thanks for the second chance

  49. Rick Parks permalink
    August 7, 2011 9:54 am

    I wish Chicago was just a little closer to TX!!! Thanks for keeping us “in the loop” this week. Great job!

  50. August 7, 2011 11:59 am

    I can’t wait for Baltimore next year!!!!

  51. August 7, 2011 12:21 pm

    Thanks for giving the rest of us a chance.

  52. August 7, 2011 1:25 pm

    Thanks for the chance. Wasn’t able to go this year but after seeing how much fun it looks like I’m definately making plans to be there next year no matter when or where.

  53. Kwb permalink
    August 7, 2011 5:35 pm

    Like the boxes, gold bars, nice touch.

  54. August 7, 2011 7:50 pm

    Love all the links! It’s been a while since I went to National Card Show and the links make me want to go again soon. Keep up the awesome work and products you are putting out. Thanks for all the updates Tracy and Panini!

  55. Nick Gauder permalink
    August 7, 2011 8:37 pm

    Panini, you guys are the best company out there! I will always be a loyal customer of yours!

    • August 8, 2011 8:44 pm

      Thanks, Nick. It was great to finally meet you and your beautiful daughters and your mom. Appreciate you guys.

  56. Dennis Z permalink
    August 7, 2011 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the chance at what looks like another great redemption from Panini. the frequent updates from the show are excellent for those of us that wish we were there.

  57. Ian permalink
    August 7, 2011 11:29 pm

    You guys are one of the best! Above UD for sure and provide lots of extras for collectors. Loved gold standard, keep it up! you guys truly are being nice here and even the non winners of this will probably all agree on that!.

  58. Oren V. permalink
    August 8, 2011 1:35 am

    It’s simply amazing how the card industry continually innovates a simple concept, and even though I could not make it to the convention, I was in awe at all of the sweet products that Panini has put out for collectors of all ages. Great job, and i can’t wait for Dominion Hockey!

  59. Ryan Chan permalink
    August 8, 2011 5:29 am

    Sweet contest. I’d love to get a hand on a pack or two of those silver packs! thanks for the chance and keep up with the great coverage!

  60. August 8, 2011 5:43 am

    Man you guys are the kings of kards, you allways amaze me and other with your product and the way you represent the game of hockey, football, basketball and eveything else in between with such passion it is a true testament to the company, keep bringing us the game and we will keep buying, keep up the excelllent work and thank you for keeping us intertained.

  61. James M permalink
    August 8, 2011 5:48 am

    Thanks for doing this Panini! I don’t think UD would ever do this which shows why I’ve bought more Panini Hockey cards this year that UD’s.

    On a side note, we need odds on the packs. 😛 I want to know what chance I have of pulling something when I’m busting a pack or two without having to look up on the Internet. 😉

  62. Scott permalink
    August 8, 2011 6:26 am

    I would’ve loved to go. Collecting is my past time to keep me happy. I just can’t afford to go. Or I would be there for sure. Maybe one day you can come to Jazz Nation.

  63. Scott permalink
    August 8, 2011 7:31 am

    Thanks for the coverage and the contests.

  64. Rick permalink
    August 8, 2011 8:32 am

    Look like I missed a great show. Heard great things about the Panini promotions from those that went. Hope to make time next year.

  65. August 8, 2011 8:59 am

    nice contest again Panini!

  66. August 8, 2011 9:07 am

    I have always been impressed with your company and how well you treat your fans/customers. I think it is so cool that you offer some possibilities for even the smaller time collectors that can’t make it to a national show!

    • August 8, 2011 8:31 pm

      Thanks, man. The collectors make everything we do possible. The least we can do is give back to those folks who couldn’t make it.

  67. August 8, 2011 9:50 am

    Great show, Panini!

  68. Joe Ranyak permalink
    August 8, 2011 10:33 am

    Great stuff as always!! The best in the business!!

  69. Darron Bradley permalink
    August 8, 2011 10:55 am

    Panini is the best hands down! You guys continue to shock and awe us collectors! The sketch cards look awesome. I would love to get ahold of one of them! That is a great idea you have brought to the stage. Maybe a Kobe or Blake sketch on the way? that would be sweet. I would love to get anything you give away from nationals!!! I have never been to a National Show. I have Brain Cancer and cannot travel long distances without being uncomfortable. I have only one shop in my area. Thank You

  70. Bryan G. permalink
    August 8, 2011 11:21 am

    This contest is a great idea. I wish I could have gone to the National as I have never been, but with a wedding coming up on September 1st there are no extra funds to make it there haha. Anyway, I hope Im not too late to be entered and thanks for having this contest!

  71. Gridiron-Gladiators permalink
    August 8, 2011 2:50 pm

    Class act with the contest Tracy. I heard all the other corporate card booths were dead compared to you guys. And I doubt any of them thought to give something to the peeps that couldn’t make it there. Bravo.

  72. Louis2142 permalink
    August 8, 2011 3:18 pm

    Hey tracy,

    What was the best pull of the weekend?

  73. Eric K permalink
    August 8, 2011 4:09 pm

    I love Gold & Silver. Especially when there are cards involved!!!!

  74. marshall diaz permalink
    August 8, 2011 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the contest! I would’ve loved to go there! It seemed VERY fun! But anyways maybe next year. 😀 I am in on this contest!

  75. mike permalink
    August 8, 2011 10:33 pm

    woooo thsankssssss

  76. Todd W. permalink
    August 8, 2011 10:57 pm

    I live only an hour and a half away from Ill. but was stuck working everyday! Thanks for the opportunity.

  77. Dave Newton permalink
    August 9, 2011 5:42 am

    As always great job on taking care of the people who really adore your fine products you have been putting out to us. I cant thank you enough for the numerous chances to win some of your fine products !!!

  78. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 9, 2011 9:15 am

    Thanks for the contest!! I was hoping to have a chance at getting some of these! Hope my entry isnt too late! You guys are awesome. and thanks for showing video and pics for those of us who couldnt go and for giving us a chance to win some of these/1

    • Matt Gilman permalink
      August 9, 2011 9:19 am

      I meant to put “win some of these!!” Forgot to hit the shift button lol.

      HOpe this contest is still open!! Those prizes were amazing and winning any of them would be sweet!

  79. jeremy permalink
    August 9, 2011 10:20 am

    Wow….Panini owned the national. Amazing stuff. Blew away the competition!

  80. Joe permalink
    August 9, 2011 12:56 pm

    It was awesome to attend the National and visit Panini’s booth.

  81. August 9, 2011 8:32 pm

    What a great way to include everyone that couldn’t make it to Chicago!

  82. Reg permalink
    August 10, 2011 11:55 am

    you guys are awesome

  83. August 13, 2011 3:02 pm

    Wow, what an amazing way to give back! I’m in on this!

  84. JOEMLM permalink
    August 14, 2011 10:49 am

    i do not think i can say kudos enough to panini

    from a business standpoint and as i collector myself, panini knows how to take care of the customer, unlike some companies who shall remain nameless and a growing less relevant everyday js

    well done panini, great blog and from what i hear and see, an awesome show

  85. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 16, 2011 7:30 am

    I take it the winners were already chosen for these? Congrats to them!! Would have been sweet to have won one!

  86. Rob Gilbert permalink
    August 17, 2011 2:21 pm

    Tracy, When will you post the winners of the silver-foil wrapper redemption giveaway from the comments posted on the the links? I haven’t seen any winner notifications yet was just wondering if it was possible that I might have won one…Thanks for the awesome products..

    • August 17, 2011 3:15 pm

      We will select winners for this contest tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.

      • Robert - cardsnwine permalink
        August 17, 2011 7:06 pm

        We all still have a chance! Good Luck Everyone!

  87. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 19, 2011 10:09 am

    Congrats to those who won!! Wish you all luck!! Hopefully there will some next year given away to those of us who couldnt make it. Thanks for the contest Tracy!! Hope the winners post pics on the Panini wall for teh rest of us to see what you get!!

  88. Jeff K permalink
    August 21, 2011 2:04 pm

    I saw that you posted the winners would be chosen on the 18th, are the results in???

    • August 21, 2011 2:12 pm

      Results for all outstanding contests will be chosen and announced tomorrow.

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        August 22, 2011 7:36 am

        cool! So they havent been announced yet? Man…..I keep jumping the bandwagon lol. Thanks Tracy!


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