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James Harden, Top Rookies Share Spotlight in Panini America’s 2013 NBA All-Star Vids

February 18, 2013


HOUSTON — Whew! What a weekend that was. Over the course of an action-packed four days during the just-completed 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, Panini America squeezed what seemed like a season’s worth of highlights into a span of 96 hair-raising hours.

The whirlwind began Thursday afternoon when Panini America brought Houston Rockets star James Harden to Houston Sports Connection for a public signing. From there, the focus shifted to the company’s perpetually packed booth at the 2013 NBA Jam Session, which hosted top NBA rookies Thomas Robinson, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Andre Drummond for free autograph signings and unforgettable memories. With Chris Reed running point on the camera, Panini America documented every sight and every sound for the following video diary.

We’ll begin with Harden’s appearance, a video that includes a quick break of 2012-13 Contenders Basketball and ends with Panini America NBA Brand Manager Keith Hower asking Harden about the possibilities of a beard memorabilia card. Seriously.

Next up are the gracious, engaging and aforementioned rookies, who helped make the Panini America booth inside the George R. Brown Convention Center the place to be all weekend long. In this video, we bring you all the action from the signings as well as exclusive interviews with Robinson, Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist.

Special thanks to video editor extraordinaire Tom “The Ripper” Key, whose magic can be found not only in these videos, but also in our special report from Friday’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame press conference.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Eric Cabreros permalink
    February 18, 2013 3:10 pm

    Nice to see lots of fun success at the all-star weekend. Great to see that Panini certainly puts a nice smile off the kids.
    Priceless moments. And experience I’m sure they will be cherish!
    Great Job Team Panini!

  2. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 18, 2013 3:20 pm

    As always we appreciate the videos and footage of things not all

    • Sport Card Collectors permalink
      February 18, 2013 3:21 pm

      Of us can attend. Thanks for the hard work as we all can see it pays off with big smiles

  3. wally permalink
    February 18, 2013 3:41 pm

    did Kyrie sign all of his stuff? Definitely wish I coulda been there!

    • February 18, 2013 5:53 pm

      He signed a bunch, but not sure if he got everything. I wasn’t at that signing but will ask the folks who were.

      • mwash1983 permalink
        February 18, 2013 9:13 pm

        I hope he signed his 2011-12 redemptions, would be nice to get them soon.

      • Eric Cabreros permalink
        February 18, 2013 10:00 pm

        Tracy My son Joshua Just Pulled a Kyrie Irving Redemption auto.
        He is super happy.
        I’m still on a shock mode.

      • February 18, 2013 11:19 pm

        Wow! That is awesome. Congrats to Joshua!

  4. February 18, 2013 6:48 pm

    A chance to get a chop of the natorious beard!!!! I gotta try to get me one of those!!!Its not everyday you get to hold in your hand a piece of DNA from one of the top players in the NBA right now!!!! Great idea!

  5. February 18, 2013 7:04 pm

    Awesome to see how humble these guys are, Harden in particular seems quite shy. Pretty great to see them signing stuff for the fans and interacting with them. On a side note i’m happy a microphone was invested in!

  6. February 18, 2013 11:02 pm

    James Harden is a pretty big get for you guys, easily one of the top players this season.

  7. Mr Paparazzi permalink
    February 19, 2013 8:09 am

    Yeah loved the interview’s Tracy. Just sent you a pm regarding T Rob. Love the guy. Like Rhys said seem very humble guys and love T Rob’s approach on collecting etc. Good to see players appreciate fans and collectors alike.

  8. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 20, 2013 5:43 am

    Fantastic set of videos, they all look like they were loving the experience. Thanks as always Tracy!

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