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Kobe, Panini America Make Hobby History with “Vino” Autos in National Treasures

July 20, 2013

Panini America 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball Kobe (1)

With a simple 14-word Tweet that included a hash tag heard ’round the world, the incomparable Kobe Bryant uncorked his newest nickname. The meaning-filled moniker, “Vino,” was given to Bryant by a mystery friend to imply that Bryant, like fine wine, is only getting better with age.

As a result, so is 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball.

Earlier this week, Panini America’s Brian Bayne sat down with Bryant for a 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball signing session. In the process, the duo ended up making hobby history. Among the stunning array of cards Bryant signed were 49 Notable Nicknames. Bryant signed some with his familiar “Black Mamba” inscription. On the others, and at the urging of Bayne, he inscribed the new nickname, “Vino,” for the first time ever.

The handcrafted history-makers will provide 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball with yet more stunning inclusions when the product releases July 31. In the gallery below, we showcase Bryant’s Notable Nicknames, along with the jaw-dropping array of other cards Bryant signed earlier this week.

Enjoy, and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of 2012-13 National Treasures Basketball.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. pinoyKD35 permalink
    July 20, 2013 12:11 pm

    dang i want this! kobe mojo…
    hey panini, do you have lillard/lebron logomans on NT BKB?
    any preview for celtics also?
    can’t wait for the rest!
    panini is the best!

    • pinoyKD35 permalink
      July 20, 2013 12:13 pm

      also no durant previews..
      hopefully hes autos are live on
      this product.. 🙂

  2. July 20, 2013 12:14 pm

    I want one!

  3. ericjoshua permalink
    July 20, 2013 12:46 pm

    Superb Galery of what could be the most sought after
    Kobe Bryant Autos!
    You know love everyone of those!

  4. Roger permalink
    July 20, 2013 12:53 pm

    Cool you should do some of Stephen curry

  5. Roger permalink
    July 20, 2013 12:55 pm

    Also Blake girfin

  6. PinoyKingJames permalink
    July 20, 2013 3:55 pm

    Wow incredible mojos!
    Kobe is one of the best ever!
    Panini is the best ever!
    Thanks Tracy!

  7. deloreanfan81 permalink
    July 20, 2013 7:37 pm

    would love to have anyone of them…thanks guys

  8. July 20, 2013 8:56 pm

    How can i get one of these kobe panini? I’m from Australia. Please let me know how much it is too. Thank you.

    • pinoyKD35 permalink
      July 21, 2013 6:27 am

      one, theres a lot of australian buying boxes in the US, two i think there are a bunch of hobby stores in there need to search, if you really wanted kobe auto and will buy his specific card, chances are you need to go to ebay..

  9. July 20, 2013 11:58 pm

    Yay! One of the best is Live in NT! Great Success! Thanks Tracy!

  10. PinoyUncleDrew permalink
    July 21, 2013 6:29 am

    hey tracy, whats the configuration of the case.. e.g. one class A (Kobe/KD,Kyrie,Davis etc) auto per case, one rookie patch auto per case..or is it really random ?

  11. PinoyMambaLicious permalink
    July 21, 2013 8:17 am

    What a mojos to the eyes! Awesome love tracy

  12. cardboardconnection permalink
    July 21, 2013 9:36 am

    Reblogged this on LHAL Sportscards & Collectibles.

  13. hudsonfan15 permalink
    July 21, 2013 11:48 am

    Great preview, I’m sure these will be some of the most sought after cards in the entire product. Thanks Tracy!

  14. busy35 permalink
    July 21, 2013 7:20 pm

    hey tracy, any chance youll want to spread logomans across the products (mid to highend)..people would want NT BKB logomans to be among all stars.elite and be numbered 1/1 … e..g you can do logoman in gold standard, preferred, nt all 1 of 1.. than 5 kobe logomans in nt…

  15. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    July 22, 2013 8:46 am

    Nice! I would just like to have land any Bryant autos lol

  16. Five Hour Energy permalink
    July 24, 2013 3:41 pm

    Everyone and their mother waiting for that checklist…

  17. august permalink
    August 13, 2013 11:19 am

    actually, how many vino inscriptions are there?


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