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Panini America Releases Preliminary Plans for 2012 Toronto Fall Expo Redemption

October 30, 2012

Beginning next Friday, thousands of Canada’s most passionate collectors (and a few from south of the border) will descend upon the Toronto International Centre to take part in the three-day spectacle known as the 2012 Toronto Fall Expo. As has become customary, Panini America will be there supporting the event with a one-of-a-kind wrapper-redemption program sure to be the talk of the show from beginning to end — and long thereafter.

Panini America has once again created a must-have promotional set that includes Rookie Cards numbered to 399, unique memorabilia cards featuring hats and materials worn and used at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase, one-of-a-kind sketch cards, instant-win redemption cards good for autographed memorabilia and much, much more.

This year’s special set, distributed via those patented two-card, silver-foil packs, will include:

  • A 25-card NHL base set featuring the top names in the league (with a focus on the Canadian market), including 10 Rookie Cards numbered to just 399.
  • A 22-card Score Hot Rookies boasting a design taken directly from the landmark 1990 set and featuring players from all four of North America’s major sports. Each card in the Hot Rookies set, which was previewed in all of its glory last weekend right here on The Knight’s Lance, will be numbered to 399.
  • An 18-card Rookie Materials insert featuring jerseys and hats worn by several rookies from the worlds of basketball, football and hockey.
  • Tools of the Trade memorabilia cards of Chris Kreider embedded with huge swatches of towel Kreider used during the 2012 NHLPA Rookie Showcase.
  • Additional scarce insert cards randomly inserted and numbered to either five or only one.
  • The return of original 1/1 NHL Player Sketch Cards and autographed pieces of memorabilia distributed via instant-win redemption cards.

Here’s the breakdown of how Panini America’s wrapper-redemption packs will be distributed:

  • Collectors opening a box of 2012-13 Certified Hockey at the Panini America booth will receive six wrapper-redemption packs
  • Collectors opening a box of 2012-13 Score Hockey at the Panini America booth will receive one wrapper-redemption pack

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for more sneak-peek images and complete coverage of next week’s 2012 Toronto Fall Expo. Until then, enjoy this first look at the 25-card base set and five-card Team Colors insert . . .

36 Comments leave one →
  1. richkulach permalink
    October 30, 2012 2:45 pm

    Looks very cool guys, sure wish I could get out to TO for the expo for the fun.


  2. Eric Cabreros permalink
    October 30, 2012 2:47 pm

    Wish I could come!
    It will be alot of fun, fun fun!
    Enjoy and good luck to everyone that could go!
    Take care!

  3. geoff goebel permalink
    October 30, 2012 2:49 pm

    Is there any way us collectors that can not make the show have a shot at those redemptions

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      October 30, 2012 2:49 pm

      You bet, stay tuned for more info…

      • geoff goebel permalink
        October 30, 2012 3:02 pm

        Thanks scott!

  4. October 30, 2012 2:53 pm

    Hello from Post-storm SANDY Southeastern PA. I am thankful the power stayed on-for my sump pump, fridge, lights, and of course reading the Knight’s Lance the day after!!! I liek the Rated Rookie design a lot!

    • October 30, 2012 2:57 pm

      Much appreciated and so happy you made it through.

      • October 30, 2012 3:00 pm

        Thanks. I still don’t quite know how some of my trees are still standing and how the power stayed on despite cutting out 4 times briefly yesterday. Father north of Philly has no power and brother in north-central NJ has no power.

      • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
        October 30, 2012 3:33 pm

        I’ve seen the pics on the news, glad to hear you are okay and hope your father gets power back soon.

      • October 30, 2012 4:11 pm

        Thanks for the kind thoughts.

  5. Foster permalink
    October 30, 2012 2:53 pm

    Looks good…bummer it is only Score and Certified box breaks.

    • Dennis permalink
      October 30, 2012 3:03 pm

      I agree, no top rookies in score. will certified be the same or have rookie redemptions like it did 2 years ago? I was really hoping to see some of last years products on the list.

      • Foster permalink
        October 31, 2012 7:41 am

        I guess I will save some money this year as I don’t really collect Score or Certified. I am just surprised Scott you chose not to add the late releases from last year. Any particular reason why?

  6. Andrew McKay permalink
    October 30, 2012 3:12 pm

    Really wanted to go this year, but I will wait to hear how I can get some without going. Thanks for all that you do.

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      October 30, 2012 3:32 pm

      Stay tuned…

  7. Kobe24Bryant permalink
    October 30, 2012 3:26 pm

    Hi Scott! Glad to hear about this. I always look forward to busting these packs at your booth. As before, I have only opened boxes of basketball product at your tables. Will you be providing packs to us basketball pack busters again?
    As an example, if I bust a 2012-13 Panini Threads Basketball box, how many redemption packs would I be receiving?
    Thanks in advance for the information.

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      October 30, 2012 3:33 pm

      Yes, current year products will qualify…

  8. Roger permalink
    October 30, 2012 3:34 pm

    Great to see you guys continue with this promotion but it’s unfortunate the minorities (FB and Basketball) are left out. Sure an overwhelming majority of the people going to the Expo are looking for hockey but there is a slowly growing appreciation for other sports as well in Canada. It’s good to see that there are some players from other sports in the sets Panini is distributing but it’d be nice to have them accept their other sports products.

    I hope you guys take this in consideration, definitely looking forward to busting a few products and I really hope that your basketball and football products will be accepted in some form.


    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      October 30, 2012 3:49 pm

      Great point and for those that attend know, we ALWAYS accept current year Panini products in other sports. 99.9% of the dealers there carry hockey, so even though it may not be listed, we still take care of those Panini football, basketball and baseball collectors.

  9. Jim permalink
    October 30, 2012 6:11 pm

    What if you only want to bust NBA cards? any chance for show packs?

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      October 30, 2012 6:21 pm

      Jim, come see me at the show…

      • Jim permalink
        October 30, 2012 7:37 pm

        Scott, do the show packs include only hockey cards? The National packs included different sports.

  10. October 30, 2012 8:46 pm

    The vet cards look amazing! Is that design from an upcoming release or is it just for this set?

  11. Ken permalink
    October 30, 2012 10:05 pm

    Are you sure you can’t open any of last years products? Not a fan of Score and Certified is out of my price range. This redemption program is the only reason I make the trip to the show.

  12. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 31, 2012 5:12 am

    Won’t be at the show but hope everyone has a blast. These shows are always so far away. This one, The National among all of the others. Even just a regular card show is too far away lol. And hobby shop. Good thing I have the Knights Lance and internet access to view these cards.

  13. stephen zorn permalink
    October 31, 2012 6:54 am

    I am thrilled to see that other sports are included in the set! The cards look fantastic, and the program is always a blast. You guys do a wonderful job I understand that the majority of people at the Expo are looking for hockey, but I am one of many who collect the others too. Perhaps those that are interested in just hockey can trade, there will be plenty of fellow collectors to trade/interact with. Can Dominion be opened for redemption? It is practically this year’s release.

  14. hudsonfan15 permalink
    October 31, 2012 10:01 am

    What a great way to fill the void that the labor issue has created for NHL fans, excellent looking set for the promotion. Hope everyone north of the border has a great time, thanks Scott and Tracy!

  15. Tim Melburn permalink
    November 1, 2012 2:10 pm

    Can’t wait to be there. I am going to be buying a case of 2012-13 Certified. Soooo excited!

  16. panthersfan89 permalink
    November 1, 2012 8:07 pm

    So it is just Certified and Score that you can get Wrapper Redemption packs for?

  17. Mickey permalink
    December 8, 2013 5:55 pm

    Just pulled a Team Colors, guessing it is cracked ice, auto Jake Gardiner. Guys at the shop i buy from said that this could be /5 or /1 been searching the web but can not find another one out there. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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