The Panini America Drool Gallery: Must-See Memorabilia Cards Coming to 2013 National
I absolutely love when Panini America marketing comrade Scott Prusha ventures to the company production facility. He doesn’t go over there very often, but when he does, it’s a sure bet that fireworks will ensue. And so it was earlier this week, when Prusha was on site to finish packing out Panini America’s 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper-redemption program.
Prusha Tweeted a handful of tantalizing sneak-peek pics from his field trip, providing just enough of the magic to come next week to keep collectors glued to the Panini America Twitter account for the better part of Tuesday afternoon. Luckily for all of us, Prusha snapped way more than the seven or so pics he Tweeted. Over the course of the next few days, we’re going to share them all with you.
Today we’re going to provide an extended preview of the Panini America National set’s player-worn and player-used memorabilia cards, a captivating assortment of unique gems incorporating jerseys, footballs, gloves and hats. In addition, you’ll also spy below some key additions to the Panini America employee-worn memorabilia set that pick up where last year’s debut left off.
The real stars of the memorabilia-card lineup this year, though, are likely to be the plush-prime swatches of the sweat-soaked towel cards and the downright tacky brilliance of the player-worn glove cards — both of which were worn and acquired during May’s 2013 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.
But collectors will also find the first memorabilia cards of 2012-13 NHL rookie superstar Nail Yakupov, jersey cards from NBA stars Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, and the first towel card of none other than Kobe Bryant.
Their inclusions speak to the unique collectibility of Panini America’s 2013 National wrapper-redemption set, and should help you understand in advance why the company’s booth next week in Chicago will be the talk of the show. Enjoy the preview gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance tomorrow for a sneak peek at some of the National set’s autograph possibilities.