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Icy Hot: Panini America Peeks Just Some of the Cracked Ice Autos in 2012 Black Friday

November 16, 2012

Today’s 2012 Panini America Black Friday preview gallery may be a classic case of putting the cart before the horse, so to speak, considering that we’ve yet to detail the attractive 2012 Black Friday base-set cards. But as we’ve discovered over the last several months, collectors simply can’t seem to get enough of Panini America’s mesmerizing Cracked Ice parallel cards.

So as a stealthy way to preview the Black Friday base set (we’ll have a gallery detailing every base card, numbered Rookie Card and insert card in the coming days), we figured we’d kick start your Friday with a small assortment of the scarce Cracked Ice base-set autographs.

The Knight’s Lance still has so much more to share about Black Friday before the promotion officially kicks off next week, so stay tuned in the coming days. Below is a quick recap of our coverage so far. After that, check out some Cracked Ice cards almost hot enough to melt.

Panini America Adds New Tools of the Trade Material in 2012 Black Friday Promotion

Panini America’s Black Friday Confidential: Super Bowl XLVI Memorabilia Cards

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

Pssst . . . Panini America’s 2012 Black Friday Event is Coming (and Here’s a Sneak Peek)

42 Comments leave one →
  1. Panini Always permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:07 am

    That is super AWESOME!!! I will have to figure out a way to rake up some cash to get some of these. Great work as always Panini!

  2. fatcatt permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:09 am

    You guys just keep outdoing yourselves every post. Awesome!

  3. Sport card collectors permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:12 am

    Hey Tracy how are ya man?

    Thanks for a stunning gallery. Love the combination Of cracked ice and the autos. They are very eye catchy. Especially the Eli auto 🙂 From all of the previews from Black Friday this year i think you guys will easily top last years tremendous promo

  4. Josh permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:13 am

    Looks amazing… love how you have the players floating over the crached ice to keep the image clear. Will there be non-auto cracked ice cards as well or only auto versions? Can’t wait to see the rest of the insert sets… really curious about the Panini Collection using HD+ (whatever that is).

    • November 16, 2012 10:15 am

      Yes, there will be non-autographed Cracked Ice parallels, too. Glad to hear your excitement. We’re pretty excited, too.

      • Nate Peterson permalink
        November 30, 2012 1:40 am

        Hey Tracy, what is the print run on the Cracked Ice black auto cards? Are they #/5?

  5. Eric Cabreros permalink
    November 16, 2012 10:18 am

    Tracy do we only get this on our lcs or its also available in ?
    Another Q, for the packs are we able to choose what sports we would like or is it random? Many Thanks!

    • November 16, 2012 10:30 am

      There will be an online component at We’ll have those details next week. Also, the Black Friday set is multisport.

  6. Joseph delguidice permalink
    November 16, 2012 11:39 am

    How do i obtain these black friday cards? Lile through your website or from hobby shops?

    • November 16, 2012 11:46 am

      Through participating local hobby shops. For collectors who don’t have a participating shop in their area, we’ll have an online component as well. More details coming soon.

  7. November 16, 2012 12:00 pm

    Just pump it right in my vein!

  8. Sean permalink
    November 16, 2012 12:06 pm

    These are awesome!
    Will you have a list of stores that are participating this year?

    • November 16, 2012 12:28 pm

      Yes, sir. Waiting on one more list and we’ll compile them all into one master list right here on The Knight’s Lance.

  9. November 16, 2012 12:08 pm

    These may be the best looking cards Panini has ever produced.

    • November 16, 2012 10:24 pm

      High praise indeed, Mr. Wade. Much appreciated. I’ll be sure to pass that praise to the folks who deserve it.

  10. Kollectornet permalink
    November 16, 2012 12:08 pm

    I never have any money on Black Friday. One of these years I will learn! I love cracked ice. Great job Panini.

  11. Ryan S. permalink
    November 16, 2012 12:36 pm

    Great looking cards, guys.

  12. Joe Alaimo permalink
    November 16, 2012 1:02 pm


  13. Andrew McKay permalink
    November 16, 2012 2:40 pm

    Those look amazingly awesome, I really love the cracked ice cards.

  14. bobwick30 permalink
    November 16, 2012 2:54 pm

    Flat out SICK cards! Love to get my hands on a few packs!

  15. scott permalink
    November 16, 2012 3:22 pm

    Man Ive got to have some of that cracked Ice love that stuff, any cowboys auto or base on cracked ice?

    • November 16, 2012 3:36 pm

      Yes, sir.

      • scott permalink
        November 16, 2012 3:45 pm

        Cracked ice is so coollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Ive got a demarco murray auto #1/50 crystall atomic and its my favorite card treasured possession absolutely love this stuff. Cowboys back from the dead I hope lol.

  16. gregmalloy permalink
    November 16, 2012 4:10 pm

    Is that Steve Nash’s first lakers card auto or are they in other products?

  17. November 16, 2012 4:38 pm

    Love the look of these cards, well done Panini, Tracy you need the Australian Rules Football Market, really need some sick insert sets like these down under

  18. November 16, 2012 6:08 pm

    These cards look insane… to track down a Steve Nash one when they hit the market!


  19. November 16, 2012 6:36 pm

    Collecting in Colorado? Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora will have WELL OVER 1,000 Panini Black Friday packs to share. Thanks again to Panini for this incredible promotion and please call (303) 699-9808 with any questions.

  20. November 16, 2012 8:57 pm

    Looks great. I do like how the players are solid with the cracked ice is a background. Very excited!! Any word on the EXPO winners yet??

  21. November 17, 2012 6:37 am

    OohLaLa Love those cards the Manning and Nash are impressive!

  22. November 17, 2012 8:16 am

    Pretty epic gallery on autographs, some big names in there/ Maybe some people won’t be so quick to pass over those skinny packs now! Thanks Tracy!

  23. November 17, 2012 9:01 am

    WOW! 2012 Panini American Black Friday Packs are loaded with all kinds of GREAT INSERTS! Sports Cards Plus of San Antonio will have 1320 Black Friday Packs and we are holding a “2012 Panini America Black Friday Pack BEST PULL” Contest. Best Pull from a Black Friday Pack opened in my store wins $100 at Sports Cards Plus.

    Want more? Your purchases of GREAT Panini America products at Sports Cards Plus qualify you to enter our $500 Drawing held at the end of November. At Sports Cards Plus you can reserve your Black Friday Packs by purchasing great Panini Products today! If you are within driving distance, come to Sports Cards Plus of San Antonio… We have about 400 Black Friday Packs already reserved. That leaves 920 Black Friday Packs for you!

  24. Geoff Goebel permalink
    November 17, 2012 9:58 pm

    The cracked ice autos are are SICK, what a pull that Peyton auto would be!

  25. November 23, 2012 2:59 am

    Tracy, my store opened on Thanksgiving from 9:30 -midnight MST (yes we waited until 10PM MST to start giving out BF packs) and we saw some of the sickest possible Panini cards. We did have a question about an Anthony Davis Cracked Ice autograph that got pulled. I know it is a beast, and we were just wondering how many copies might exist?

    Many thanks and I am off to bed just to recharge for the actual Black Friday.
    Mike F

  26. Robert Sud permalink
    December 7, 2012 2:16 am

    What is the print run on the cracked ice auto cards? /5, /10, /25?

  27. January 5, 2014 9:18 am

    I have e.j. manuel cracked ice santa hat patch with buffalo bill logo from the hat. Its the center of the patch. On this page is the front of the logo patch ive also seen on ebay the back end of logo selling for 200 dollors and he calls it a 1 of 1. I dont know what to make of it or its value. ( black friday ) . Any help would be great . Email me at nich082 thanks


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