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Massive Gallery: On Location at Packout for 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball

December 29, 2011

OK, so yesterday wasn’t officially “Take Your Kids to Work Day” at Panini America. But when duty calls, even during the holiday break, you drop what you’re doing and go. So I packed both Hackler boys with me for the serendipitous sojourn to the Panini America production facility to take in the packout process for 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball.

Heck, they even assisted — for a little while anyway — with helping Panini America Brand Manager Mike Payne and Vice President of Production Stephanie Carlson make sure the first packs off the line were delivering the proper amount of hits and autographs.

Every box we opened contained the requisite six autographs and a slew of sweet inserts and parallels. On this day, though, the real fun for the Hacklers (all three of us) came when we ventured out to the production line to see the big machines work their magic. As always, it was like an episode of the Science Channel’s “How It’s Made” come to life.

And when a product like 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition is made, it’s must-see entertainment for the entire family, as you’ll see in the following massive 60-image gallery that details just some of the highlights coming to collectors next week when the product hits the streets.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. john permalink
    December 29, 2011 11:19 am

    It looks like Elite Extra Edition once again will be a fun product to open (I’m sure your sons had a blast). Welcome back to Baseball.

  2. Jamey permalink
    December 29, 2011 11:34 am

    That was interesting. MUCH more interesting than the tour of the Andersen Pretzel Factory in Lancaster, PA, my parents took me on when I was 10.
    Thanks for the cool sneak-peak at some of the killer ‘graphs, also.

  3. Matt Gilman permalink
    December 29, 2011 11:47 am

    Wow!! Cant wait til some of your baseball products are released. Are any of them going to be available for retail as well or is it all hobby?

    I guess I never pictured cards coming down a conveyer belt. Pretty cool behind the scenes. Would be awesome to work in that section for packout.

  4. December 29, 2011 12:06 pm

    Very nice. Cant wait to see these live as the first official MLBPA licensed product in many years.

  5. December 29, 2011 2:27 pm

    What’s the ratio of veterans to prospects in EEE?

  6. December 29, 2011 5:06 pm

    Love the production line shots! Have no interest in Baseball (i put it in the same category as cricket *Yawns*)but those are some nice looking cards with some great “shinies” as my other half calls them.

  7. walrus201 permalink
    December 29, 2011 6:04 pm

    Did you guys get Ichiro Suzuki to sign?
    He is clearly the biggest name in Baseball when it comes to autographs.

  8. Jay L permalink
    December 29, 2011 7:23 pm

    I am so hyped up for this product release, any info on if there will be hot boxes?

  9. December 30, 2011 6:37 am

    Good Day Tracy 🙂 Hope your Christmas was good 🙂 I saw on FB that there were six auto’s out of the QC Box. Is that the ratio in this? Six hits to a box? Thanks! And have yourself a GREAT DAY!

  10. January 2, 2012 6:47 am

    I’m excited for this product to come out! Can’t wait to get my hands on some boxes Woooooooo!

  11. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 2, 2012 10:12 pm

    must be a kick to share not only the hobby but the industry with your kids, sounded fun


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