Black Box Confidential: Panini America Eyes Initial Wave of 2016 Industry Summit Gems
The 2016 Industry Summit is in full swing this week in Hawaii and later today, Panini America executives will deliver the company’s annual corporate address to attendees — culminating with the distribution of the company’s now-legendary Black Boxes that have come to virtually define one of the sports collectibles industry’s most important events.
The show-stopping Black Boxes provide an explosive conclusion to Panini America’s Tuesday corporate address every year; so expect the hobby to be gripped by some big waves originating from Hawaii later today.
To be sure, the laborious, hand-picked process of assembling these Black Box beauties is a massive undertaking. The payoff, of course, is that it produces some of the most gorgeous must-have cards in the hobby every year. For an exclusive sneak peek at just some of the prime-memorabilia 1/1s dotting the 2016 Industry Summit Black Box checklist, check out the massive gallery below.
Also tucked safely into each 2016 Panini America Black Box? A special four-card pack of Black Box-exclusive 2015-16 Select Basketball Pink Prizms numbered to just 20.
The memorabilia cards used to create the Black Box hits include small quantities of overruns from Panini America’s roster of products printed specifically for inclusion in Black Boxes and for other hobby marketing promotions. It’s something like a multisport Greatest Hits collection incorporating highlights of the year’s best Panini America sets. Every Black Box built for the 2016 Industry Summit will include a slabbed prime memorabilia card numbered to only one and the four-card Select Basketball pack.
Panini America has been wowing Summit attendees since delivering the first Black Boxes in 2002. Now the signature end to the company’s Summit-wide address, “Black Box” day has become one of the highlights of the show. After looking at the following images, you’ll understand why.