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Panini America Behind the Scenes: Packing Out 2011-12 Dominion Hockey (Gallery)

September 22, 2012

Earlier this week, on a special midday excursion to the Panini America production facility to film the final segments for a special video project that you’ll see right here on The Knight’s Lance in the coming days, Chris Reed and I got to witness the closing stages of the packout process for 2011-12 Dominion Hockey.

We watched in amazement as Panini America’s Karvin Cheung, Chris Barr and Tim Trout gave the white-glove treatment — literally — to each and every box they were packing out by hand. You’ll be able to appreciate their efforts firsthand yourself beginning next Friday when Dominion releases.

Until then, we thought you might enjoy the following images that take you directly to the production line on the last day of packout, a painstaking process earmarked by precision, pomp and considerable circumstance.

As for that aforementioned video project that’s more than seven months in the making? Trust us, you won’t want to miss it.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew McKay permalink
    September 22, 2012 9:23 am

    So very very cool. You guys really know how to do it right.

  2. Jamey permalink
    September 22, 2012 9:50 am

    Holy smokes, T-Hack! I haven’t collected hockey since the late 90’s, but these issues are as much works of art as anything else. There is an obvious commitment to aesthetic, collectability and a very definite “POW!” factor…they ARE impressive.
    Kudos to the design team for crafting such a product and props’ to Panini for reinvigorating what had been a stagnant hobby component.

    • September 22, 2012 2:55 pm

      Appreciate the feedback, Jamey — as always. Like you, I’ve never been a huge hockey collector. But I know enough to be wowed when I see Dominion.

  3. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    September 22, 2012 10:10 am

    Must be hard for the workers to say goodbye to some of them….

    • September 22, 2012 2:56 pm

      I was at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in DC with my family this past summer for a tour. They were printing 100 dollar bills. I saw workers handling dozens of $1200 sheets of bills before they were cut at one time. They did have some humor, though. On the back wall of one part, a sign said: “How do you think I feel? I just printed my entire life’s salary in the last 15 minutes!!”. Probably feels a bit like that for those workers!!

      • Sport card collectors permalink
        September 22, 2012 3:40 pm

        Lol. I can only imagine

  4. September 22, 2012 10:35 am

    I think it is interesting seeing some of the behind the scenes stuff that goes into the final pack out of a product. Good to know that it is not always machines doing it!! The cards look great too!

  5. September 22, 2012 11:11 am

    Only 6 more sleeps…!

  6. Tyler permalink
    September 22, 2012 4:03 pm

    This looks amazing, glad to see the process behind it. I still wish they were wooden boxes not tins. Made Dominion really unique last year.

  7. Mike permalink
    September 23, 2012 5:42 am

    Hey Tracy, pick me the winner – I could relly use a great box.
    Thanks, Mike

  8. Arik C permalink
    September 23, 2012 6:11 pm

    I like these cards even better than the competitions….especially at almost $200 less per tin. And I too liked the wooden boxes last year (I still have them…hoarder!)

  9. September 25, 2012 1:19 am

    No more wood boxes this year? That saddens me! But the product looks like it should be a hit again no matter what the box is made of.

  10. September 28, 2012 2:15 pm

    Great Product great Job guys!! What was the answer to the two videos that had the letters?


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