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Panini America Begins Releasing Images of 2012 Black Friday Promotion (Gallery)

November 13, 2012

Last year, Panini America sent shock waves reverberating throughout the collectibles industry with a Black Friday national wrapper redemption promotion that not only made local hobby shops a post-Thanksgiving shopping destination for perhaps the first time ever, it also generated in excess of $1.5 million in incremental revenue according to Industry Summit officials.

What’s more, it introduced some of last season’s most in-demand and valuable trading cards through a Black Friday-exclusive trading card set delivered via black-foiled two-card packs that kept collectors from coast to coast buzzing well into the new year.

Hailed by many industry experts as the most successful hobby shop promotion of all time, Panini America’s 2011 Black Friday initiative paved the way for a similar Father’s Day event last summer and sent expectations for this year’s event almost instantly ascending to insanely lofty levels.

“Panini America’s 2011 Black Friday was the most successful promotion in the 20-year history of Sports Cards Plus of San Antonio,” said store owner Charlie DiPietro, who has more than 1,300 2012 Black Friday packs arriving next week. “We gave away approximately 1,400 Black Friday Packs to our customers who bought boxes and packs of Panini America products last year. Customers were excited with their Black Friday pulls and kept coming back to our store for more. All of my customers were extremely happy with this promotion and when my customers are happy, I’m happy.

“Once again this year, we’re allowing our customers to buy Panini America products today to reserve their 2012 Black Friday packs. We’re also holding a ‘2012 Panini Black Friday Best Pull Contest’ this year that will award the best Black Friday pull in my store with a $100 gift certificate good for anything at Sports Cards Plus.”

For other stores, such as Steve Mandy’s Attack of the Baseball Cards in Union, N.J., Panini America’s 2012 Black Friday promotion will provide a needed ray of sunshine in an area of the nation that desperately needs it.

“Attack of the Baseball Cards is really looking forward to once again being part of this promotion,” Mandy said. “While last year’s promotion was a resounding success, this year we will be trying to provide a little uplift to our hurricane-torn customers. Almost everyone in our area was effected in some way by this super storm. Most had no power for extended periods of time, many suffered damage or personal losses; many lost their entire card or memorabilia collections and more.

“Through Panini America’s Black Friday, we will be attempting to help return some small amount of normalcy and a smile to the faces of our customers. This promotion will give our store the chance to donate to the collection-rebuilding efforts of one of our younger customers.

“Our customers loved last years promotion so much that the supply that we thought would last the entire weekend ran out in one day. So many customers had big pulls that the promotion was talked about for many months afterward. On a weekend that in the past saw our customers flocking to malls and department stores, because of Panini America our store had amazing Black Friday sales for the first time in our 29 years in the hobby.”

Today, with Black Friday 2012 just 10 days, it’s safe to say that Panini America officials won’t be content with merely meeting those heightened expectations — but by obliterating them. To that end, the company today begins previewing the myriad unique elements of its 2012 Black Friday set that will drive interest, enthusiasm and excitement for weeks and months to come.

We provided a small glimpse into the 2012 Black Friday base set last week, but we’ll be wowing you with the set’s rich autograph and memorabilia content with one must-see gallery after another, beginning with today’s spotlight on cards featuring pieces of hats worn by the top 2012 NBA and NFL rookies along with their autographs parallels.

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for complete coverage of the Panini America Black Friday phenomenon, including additional galleries, a complete list of participating dealers and more.

43 Comments leave one →
  1. A Rock permalink
    November 13, 2012 4:36 pm

    any black friday plans for Canada and if so will there be a list? Thanks

  2. November 13, 2012 4:38 pm

    Love the Football Pics!

  3. November 13, 2012 4:43 pm

    Need to see more cowboys cards auto etc…. js

  4. Joe Alaimo permalink
    November 13, 2012 4:53 pm

    SICCCKKKKKKKKKK iam all over it!

  5. November 13, 2012 4:53 pm

    Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, CO will have WELL OVER 1,000 Black Friday packs available. Please call (303) 699-9808 with any questions or please feel free to email us at This is an incredible promotion and we have been waiting for round #2 almost immediately after last year.

    Thanks Panini,

  6. November 13, 2012 4:54 pm

    Wow! The 2012 Black Friday cards look GREAT! Can’t wait to see more pictures…

  7. Eric Cabreros permalink
    November 13, 2012 5:02 pm

    Advance happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone!
    This looks really nice!
    Love the cards!

  8. November 13, 2012 5:09 pm

    W-O-W WOW! Lotsa stunning colorful patches! Can’t wait! I am sorry I missed it last year but I won’t be missing it this year. Great idea, great cards, great way to promote out hobby. Thanks Panini!

  9. November 13, 2012 5:11 pm

    Holy Cow! Those are some SICK patches!!!!!! I can’t wait for Black Friday!

  10. geoff goebel permalink
    November 13, 2012 5:29 pm

    Wow these card are really way above the level I expected. Outstanding cards. This black friday promotion is great!!!!!

  11. fatcatt permalink
    November 13, 2012 5:34 pm

    Those all look really awesome. But shouldn’t the “Black Friday theme” be incorporated into them somehow. Either by logo, colors or other ways. I’m not sure how or what that would be as I’m just thinking, nor am i even sure if I would like the idea but that’s what you all do best. Thanks

    • November 13, 2012 5:36 pm

      Good point. As you’ll see in many of our upcoming preview galleries, the Black Friday logo is incorporated on the backs of the cards and on many of the fronts as well.

  12. Sport card collectors permalink
    November 13, 2012 5:56 pm

    Didnt think it could get anymore impressive but it did. Wished i had a lcs nearby anywhere. Is this going to be online too for those of us lacking a lcs? I bought singles online last year. Sweet pickups though

    • November 13, 2012 6:12 pm

      Yes, sir. We’ll have an online component. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

      • Sport card collectors permalink
        November 13, 2012 6:15 pm

        Awesome man! Hoping to scrounge some money or leave hints for the Mrs around the house for Christmas. If not, will def have to get some singles. Any ny giants this year?

      • fatcatt permalink
        November 15, 2012 3:58 pm

        that’s awesome as I am in the same boat..thank you for thinking of everyone

  13. panthersfan89 permalink
    November 13, 2012 6:01 pm

    Those look awesome!

  14. November 13, 2012 6:08 pm

    I am a huge fan of the Russell Wilson card, what a great photo!

  15. lorenzo permalink
    November 13, 2012 6:41 pm

    Great NBA Rookie Mem Cards! Wish our Manila, Philippines distributor/store also has these promotions. Thanks for the images.

  16. hudsonfan15 permalink
    November 13, 2012 6:44 pm

    Looks like the start to another incredible promotion, I remember the frenzy that happened last year for these and will definitely do my best to seek these out. Thanks for the preview Tracy!

  17. steelernation88 permalink
    November 13, 2012 7:13 pm

    Can we find a list of who all will have these available?

    • November 13, 2012 7:44 pm

      Indeed. We’re working on compiling the master list of participating dealers now. As soon as we have it, we’ll post it.

  18. Daniel permalink
    November 13, 2012 7:20 pm

    love those cards and sick patches thanks for pics!

  19. Nick Cataldo - nicnolte1969 permalink
    November 13, 2012 9:28 pm

    Beautiful cards but I am not thrilled with the product you must buy to obtain these packs!!!!!

  20. Jordan permalink
    November 14, 2012 3:47 am

    Probably my favorite promotion last year was this! It’s such a bonus knowing a company you spend your time and hard earned money in cares about the customer back! I like the design a lot also. Smooth & crisp with not to many “extras”. Nice work! I need help with card shops in Dallas/Plano area. I won’t be in town during Black Friday next week 😦 Oh yeah. card shops with Basketball boxes! Thanks everyone!

  21. Panini Always permalink
    November 14, 2012 6:48 am

    Superb job Panini! The hat memorabilia cards is a great idea- I know that the player on the card has worn that hat- which is more important to me than finding a mem card that says was not worn from a specific game or event- which means a practice jersey. Thanks again for the sneak peak.

  22. November 14, 2012 9:09 am


  23. Ryan permalink
    November 14, 2012 10:26 am

    Theres like 5 lcs that are all 30min drives by where I live none are getting this packs. 😦

    • November 14, 2012 10:29 am

      We’ll have an online component for those collectors who have no shops in their area.

  24. November 14, 2012 3:23 pm

    are these packs available for international collectors? if yes, where do we need to order to get them. thanks

  25. Joe permalink
    November 14, 2012 6:02 pm

    Will Kyrie Irving have an appearance in 2012 Black Friday?

  26. December 21, 2012 6:48 am

    The pictures are fine. I think he could have put a little more effort than this. Thanks!

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