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More Gems Surface During Hand Collation for 2011 National Treasures Football

March 23, 2012

This time last Friday, we pulled the curtain back on what I thought was the packout process for the Panini America juggernaut that is 2011 National Treasures Football. Turns out that stunning gallery wasn’t the packout process at all. It was the pre-packout process to weed out cards that, for any number of reasons, didn’t make the cut.

Fast forward one week and the all-hands-on-deck approach at the Panini America printing facility across town continues with folks still neck deep in National Treasures (trust me, if you had to be buried in any product, you’d want it to be National Treasures). Today, though, the troops are engaging in the critical hand-collation process, one of the final steps prior to shipping.

Once again this week, our exclusive peeks into this blockbuster release are in the capable hands of Kevin Haake, Panini America’s Retail Sales Manager who’s pulling double duty this afternoon.

Already today Haake has sent over a Treasures trove of images, which you can access below. He also shot a brief video that master cinematographer Tom “The Ripper” Key worked his magic on — and you can see that right now:

Enjoy the images that follow and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional image updates as the day progresses.

31 Comments leave one →
  1. Brad permalink
    March 23, 2012 1:51 pm

    This is an amazing looking product. Hope to be able to pull of of these gems for myself.

  2. Lee Patton permalink
    March 23, 2012 1:57 pm

    Wow those look really great!

  3. Adam permalink
    March 23, 2012 2:07 pm

    Just stunning. Puts “One Star” to shame…

  4. March 23, 2012 2:17 pm

    Great gallery, can’t wait to see this stuff live!

  5. Den1013 permalink
    March 23, 2012 2:28 pm

    Some of the most amazing cards I’ve seen! I love the pro bowl patches that spell out pro bowl, they look really nice. You guys are amazing!

  6. Jamey permalink
    March 23, 2012 2:30 pm

    As I sit in a puddle of my own drool, I would be remiss if I didn’t comment upon the sheer elegance of these issues. The Knute Rockne issue is a jaw-dropper and the Butkus/Hornung booklet is no less magnificent. What you have here is a product that, literally, allows a collector to put hands to history.
    Outstanding Panini.

    • March 23, 2012 2:33 pm

      Man, I love when you guys get this excited about a product. Fires me up!

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        March 23, 2012 3:43 pm

        How can we not be excited!!!!

      • Nick Gauder permalink
        March 23, 2012 6:30 pm

        Excited is an understatement Tracy!! These cards are absolutely AMAZING!!!! I cant wait to buy at least 4 or 5 boxes when it comes out!! Ive already started putting back $20 a day after i get home from work. Is it going to be out before i get to LA April 14? I hope so because if it is im going to find the nearest Panini Authorized Cardshop to our hotel and buy me a box or two of it and hope for some Los Angeles MOJO!!! Keep up the Great work as ALWAYS!!

  7. March 23, 2012 2:40 pm

    These look great. They really show a strong patch design doesn’t need an auto to make it top notch.

  8. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 23, 2012 3:42 pm

    So pumped!! This stuff looks great!! What a tremendous gallery!

  9. Jeff Sietta permalink
    March 23, 2012 4:51 pm

    Daaaaamn! That Jim Kelly might make me break my no stickers rule. I depsise sticker autos,but that card might be the exception

    • Jamey permalink
      March 23, 2012 9:38 pm

      Jeff, I have a sweet Panini Limited Jim Kelly auto patch /10 that I’d be willing to swap.

  10. cardsnwine - Robert permalink
    March 23, 2012 5:35 pm

    Love the Product Panini! Nice to see that even Tracy Hackler is human and makes Typos in his email blasts:

    “More Gems Surface During Hand Collation for 2011 National Tresaures Football ”

    Love it 🙂

  11. March 23, 2012 7:15 pm

    Hand packing a product like this must require bibs for all the drool that may come out of people’s mouths.

  12. Josh permalink
    March 23, 2012 7:40 pm

    I will trade my (yet to be conceived) first-born child for that Four Horsemen cut signature book. Seriously.

    Is that grass from the old Cartier Field at Notre Dame?

  13. March 23, 2012 9:56 pm

    Wow some absolutely brutal patches in there. Gotta love the full Reebok logos. Another great video by Tom as well!

  14. Steve McCartney permalink
    March 23, 2012 9:58 pm

    Ok Mr. Hackler….STOP IT! It’s not fair to those of us who no longer have a hobby shop that caters to REAL collectors! National Treasures is a mind-numbing experience and I am now officially comatosed! Great looking product Tracy, but I would not expect anything less from National Treasures and Panini. Thanks for posting!

  15. paul permalink
    March 24, 2012 3:58 pm

    stuff looks sick. now if I can get some 2010 redemptions back before this comes out I would really be winning.

  16. Ty zborovancik permalink
    March 24, 2012 8:36 pm

    Love the rpas!!! Can not wait to get a mallett like that! I am having a problem with redemptions, is there anyway you could help me? Thanks

  17. Tyler permalink
    March 26, 2012 12:13 am

    Looks unbelievable!

  18. March 26, 2012 10:28 am

    Cards look great!! Definitely the highlight of the year for football product. Release date still 4 April? Hope so!!!!

  19. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 28, 2012 11:35 pm

    holy crap !!! i cant decide which i would love pack pull more…

  20. Roy permalink
    April 8, 2012 4:11 pm

    Just pulled a Cam Newton Reebok Brand Logo Auto #6/10 and the Cam Newton Reebok laundry tag Auto also #6/10 from the same box. They were back to back. Last 2 cards in the box. I am in shock.

    • Jamey permalink
      April 8, 2012 9:39 pm

      Id have collapsed and required a 911 call. Remarkable box, truly a Pass-Easter miracle!


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