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Catching Up with Kobe: Panini America Sits with Bryant for Intense Signing Session

June 5, 2013

Kobe Signing June 5

During a strict business trip to Southern California this week, Panini America’s Brian Bayne has spent parts of two days — and is about to spend part of a third — meeting with Los Angeles Lakers superstar (and Panini exclusive athlete) Kobe Bryant for a series of intense but profusely productive signing sessions.

Bayne departed for LA with a priority list big enough to qualify as a carry-on. He’ll return to Texas in the next few days as something of an office hero. So far this week, Bryant has signed autographed trading cards for 2012-13 Totally Certified, 2012-13 Crusade, 2012-13 Gold Standard, 2012-13 Signatures and 2012-13 Elite Series. On the agenda for this afternoon: 2012-13 Limited, 2012-13 Marquee, 2012-13 Past & Present and 2012-13 Momentum.

We’ll have more from this week’s trip right here on The Knight’s Lance in the coming days. But we simply couldn’t wait to show off some of the early fruits from Bayne’s labor — and Bryant’s incomparable right hand.


25 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2013 3:33 pm

    Great to hear that Kobe is signing Marqee this afternoon. Can’t wait to get my redemption back from your company!!!! Way to go!!!!

  2. June 5, 2013 3:34 pm

    Any chance he got Pau Gasol to sign? Been waiting on a Gasol auto redemption for over six months. Thanks.

  3. Dan permalink
    June 5, 2013 3:34 pm

    You guys always make nice looking cards, but these are just phenomenal.

  4. June 5, 2013 3:35 pm

    My favorite player. I could use one of each autograph card for my collection!

  5. Jaymes permalink
    June 5, 2013 3:45 pm

    Who’s on the other side of that Pass the Torch auto?!

  6. hudsonfan15 permalink
    June 5, 2013 4:05 pm

    What a haul of Kobe ink, I’m sure many of those will be featured in future editions of the weekly redemption update once they are in house. Thanks Tracy!

  7. June 5, 2013 4:22 pm

    Man, could we see a few photos of Kobe signing these cards and him smiling at the camera? =)

    • June 5, 2013 9:15 pm

      We added a photo of Kobe signing for us tonight at the top of the blog post, Barry.

  8. June 5, 2013 4:48 pm

    I’d love to meet Mr. Bayne…let him know if he’s near Woodland Hills to come visit the Valley’s newest card shop! 19737 Ventura Blvd. #202

  9. Maurice permalink
    June 5, 2013 5:23 pm

    One of those Kobe Autos would be a great present Tracy and team Panini. Either that or my 1st Panini D Ros3 auto!

  10. pudge27t permalink
    June 5, 2013 5:24 pm

    Now that he’d sitting up in the house he has all the time in the world to sign! Hope he gets better soon!

  11. Winston Chiang permalink
    June 5, 2013 5:34 pm

    best part is: on card autos!!

  12. ThePinoyMamba permalink
    June 5, 2013 5:35 pm

    LOVING those Mamba Hard On Card Signatures!
    Lots of Mojos On that Trip!!!
    The Previews of what to come gives me so much excitement
    As we may be pulling some of those someday!
    Very productive and exciting trip!

  13. Stephen permalink
    June 5, 2013 6:39 pm

    Hope to receive my Momentum Signatures and Preferred Choice Red soon! Thanks for the update Tracy

  14. Andrew McKay permalink
    June 5, 2013 6:39 pm

    Wow, lot’s of cards but awesome to see them getting signed.

  15. deloreanfan81 permalink
    June 5, 2013 6:49 pm

    one day I hope to pull a kobe auto one day..thanks Tracy

  16. gregmalloy permalink
    June 5, 2013 7:21 pm

    I love that die cut status auto gonna have to pick me up one of those. Kobe signs a lot of cards, respect!

  17. RJW permalink
    June 6, 2013 4:11 pm

    In that picture, is he signing a sticker thats already on the card? What a waste if so

  18. kk1970 permalink
    June 7, 2013 1:12 am

    Are the Kobe momemtum monumental marks on card or sticker?

  19. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    June 7, 2013 4:29 am

    Thats awesome. Guess he has time right now waiting to heal. His autograph would look great in any collectors collection.

  20. June 21, 2013 7:58 pm

    Hi Tracy, I pulled a “Current Signatures” (Card #4) redemption out of Marquee today (June 21) … did he happen to sign that subset or just the Majestics? Just anxious to get my card, thanks! RJ


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