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From Black Friday to Father’s Day: Enjoying Joe Alaimo’s Panini America Collection

January 18, 2013


When Rhode Island collector Joe Alaimo first contacted us about his collection of Panini America promotional sets (such as the 2011 and 2012 Black Friday, 2012 Father’s Day and 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention sets), his approach was a rather humble one. “Since I read your blog all the time, I figured that you might want to take a look at this little gem of a collection I have going,” Alaimo wrote in that initial email.

Upon deeper inspection, it turns out that there’s absolutely nothing little about Alaimo’s stash. It’s a massive, must-see spectacle filled with pieces of bona fide sports history and fueled by passion. What follows is Alaimo’s story in his own words. After you’ve read it, check out the gallery highlighting just some of the cards in his “little gem of a collection.”

Panini America Personal Collection Spotlight
Who: Joe Alaimo, Cranston, R.I.
What: Panini America Promotional Sets

“You know, I chose the Panini America Black Friday, Father’s Day and National Sports Collectors Convention sets because they not only represented a direct challenge to myself and what I could accomplish as a collector, but to what others could do for people that were collectors also. More than a few people have helped me out along the way in my endeavor, but it has been a lot of painstaking hours. The second reason I chose these sets was a simple one for me: I love the game-used and player-used pieces and in these promotional sets, Panini America absolutely brings it!

“Honestly, I can’t even pick just one or two cards from all the Panini America promotional product I have. A few of my pieces that are my favorites include the Aaron Rodgers game-used Super Bowl XLV pylons, the Kobe Bryant game-worn sneaker pieces and the full NBA logo I’ve completed from the 2011 NBA Finals game-used basketball. I love completing ‘puzzles’ and enjoy watching them as they come together. As far as what I’m still looking for, that would be Pro Bowl autographs from the 2011 Black Friday set and Rodgers pylons. I just scored the Calvin Johnson Pro Bowl 1/1 game-used football and I am souped about that. I’m also working hard on the 2012 Black Friday set because my son got his name from that Super Bowl and it has several different levels of meaning for me.

“I also have the Hakeem Nicks autograph card featuring the a piece of the Lucas Oil Stadium logo from a Super Bowl XLVI game-used football. I’m always looking — every day — for something I don’t have. I currently need Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson in any of the four sets I’m working on, just to have those guys. I also need a RG III Santa hat card. When the collection is so broad like this one, you always need a lot — but I’m up for the challenge and I love you guys over at Panini.

“I continue adding to my collection in an effort to complete it. Eventually, I will get there. When I do, you will see me again.”

36 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2013 1:06 pm

    Pretty sweet collection, but where’s the hockey??


  2. Scott W. Prusha permalink*
    January 18, 2013 1:15 pm

    It’s awesome seeing Marketing’s hard work captured here by one die-hard collector! Great stuff…

    • Scott W. Prusha permalink*
      January 18, 2013 1:36 pm

      Which insert do you guys like the best??

      • Bryan permalink
        January 18, 2013 3:15 pm

        I really like the Pro Bowl cards, and especially the autographed version. The Matt Ryan is an awesome looking card. It’s always nice to see Pro Bowl pieces in a card with the player pictured in his Pro Bowl jersey. The Super Bowl cards are great too. They give collectors a chance to have a piece of sports history.

        Great collection Joe! I love all of those Adrian Peterson cards.

      • January 18, 2013 4:00 pm

        super bowl pylons

  3. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 18, 2013 1:18 pm

    Wow just simply a stunning collection. I have always dug the promo cards.

  4. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 18, 2013 1:18 pm

    What a monster collection! If Joe needs them, I have the Black Friday Anthony Davis rookie /599 and the Father’s Day Elite Series gold parallel Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall dual 5/5 available for trade. Always looking to help fellow collectors with their ventures! Thanks Tracy!

  5. January 18, 2013 1:25 pm

    What a great collection. Great post, Panini

  6. January 18, 2013 1:27 pm

    All I can say is WOW!

  7. Jeff G. permalink
    January 18, 2013 1:40 pm

    I have the Trent Richardson santa hat and the Harrison Barnes towel if you are looking for them.

  8. Joe Alaimo permalink
    January 18, 2013 2:48 pm

    Thank You Everyone whos commented so far, I need everything you guys listed and would love to work something out with all of you, you guys are awesome collectors. Tracy AWESOME job getting the mess of pictures I sent you together, I know that not everything got covered bu A LOT did! I mean its so sick to see my collection up on Panini’s blog. YOUR THE MAN TRACY! Everyone that has offered to help me please contact me at, I dont care if I put it out there. Scott Prusha, thank you for the kind words also, it is much appreciated. Wait till you see the next installments!

    • darkwolf permalink
      January 18, 2013 5:45 pm

      Plans for remedying the glaring omission, hockey? 🙂

    • jim capobianco permalink
      April 11, 2014 9:00 pm

      Glad you having fun!

  9. deloreanfan81 permalink
    January 18, 2013 4:01 pm

    wow…amazing collection

  10. Joe Alaimo permalink
    January 18, 2013 5:58 pm

    This is a link to my photobucket for people that wanted to see everythng, I had several emails asking me if I could post it. Theres just no way guys that Tracy could have posted every single thing in this blog LOL. I think it was driving him nuts as it was. KOUDOS to him and the Panini team though. Enjoy everyone!

    Copy and paste and you should be all set!

  11. wally permalink
    January 18, 2013 6:33 pm

    Sweet Jesus! Joe, that is an absolutely amazing collection. Couldn’t be more jealous of such an awesome assortment of cool, rare cards. Well done and thanks for sharing!

  12. Jamey permalink
    January 18, 2013 7:08 pm

    Okay. Seriously? That is outrageous. I am blown away, awed, seriously impressed and coveting the collection of another. I think that one violates a commandment.
    Amazing collection, thanks for bringing it to us Hackler.

  13. Joe Alaimo permalink
    January 18, 2013 7:39 pm

    As far as remedying the hockey ummmmmm I will have to put some thought into it guys, I love hockey but have never been a card collector of hockey. Its certainly something I will look into though and see whats available in the sets iam working on.

  14. Joe Alaimo permalink
    January 18, 2013 8:32 pm


  15. gregmalloy permalink
    January 18, 2013 9:11 pm

    Sweet!! great to see this awesome collection is in Rhode Island!!

  16. Joe Alaimo permalink
    January 18, 2013 9:46 pm

    Why your from Rhode Island?

    • gregmalloy permalink
      January 19, 2013 8:16 am

      Ya Bristol

      • Joe Alaimo permalink
        January 19, 2013 12:07 pm

        Cranston here, thats awesome

  17. January 18, 2013 10:15 pm

    i see a father son hobby is in ur future lol

    • Joe Alaimo permalink
      January 19, 2013 12:09 am

      MS you actually commented how sweet!

  18. Michael W. Carreiro permalink
    January 18, 2013 10:54 pm

    Joe- Awesome collection. Your dedication to the hobby is inspiring and certainly commendable. Do you have and LCS that you deal with to help you achieve this amazing accomplishment? Being from central MA I don’t have one in my area and I often end up in RI to find quality LCS’. Thanks for sharing!

    • Joe Alaimo permalink
      January 19, 2013 12:12 am

      Actually, truthfully and honestly this was all grunt work, unfortunately my LCS’s do not take part, except for one, in the Black Friday Promotions or Panini Promotions. That is strictly their choice I can’t hold it against them. SO this is literally from hitting the ground running and simply just trying to beat everyone else to it. God Blessed me with some great friends and also has given me the fine fortune of meeting some awesome collectors along the way. Without them, I would not be where iam in this endeavor.

    • Joe permalink
      January 19, 2013 9:51 am

      There’s a shop ( in Westport, MA (about 20 minutes east of Providence) that might be able to help from time to time. The owner, Scott, has been great about helping me track down some cards over the years.

      • Joe Alaimo permalink
        January 19, 2013 1:57 pm

        Dropped him a message thanks for the info

  19. Joe Alaimo permalink
    January 25, 2013 12:01 am

    Never expected a response like this THANK YOU TRACY! Check your email when you have a chance!

  20. February 19, 2013 11:30 pm

    Panini you really should promote this story more! You can see all the hard work put into making these patch cards. People that think anything is just thrown on a card would be in awe looking at this. Great Job collecting and an even better job Panini for putting these cards together!

  21. cyndee permalink
    April 13, 2014 8:42 pm

    very, very, very cool collection! I’m sure it cost a small fortune – but it’s worth every penny. Well done!

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