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Panini America 2017 Black Friday Set Packs Most Memorable Memorabilia (Gallery)

November 17, 2017

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One of the greatest things about any holiday season is our penchant for sticking steadfastly to tried and true traditions that bring us joy, rekindle fond memories and make our seasonal celebrations so special every single time. So it is with Panini America’s annual Black Friday set.

Indeed, as we prepare to give thanks for our many blessings this Thanksgiving (mindful to eat enough so that it sustains us for the next day’s Black Friday phenomenon), there’s something comforting — and highly collectible — about the nontraditional memorabilia cards that have become a bona fide Black Friday tradition.

This year, for the second straight season, Black Friday will include a football-only version complete with its own overwrap and the traditional multisport set that includes athletes from the worlds of basketball, baseball, soccer and NASCAR.

To be sure, Panini America’s 2017 Black Friday memorabilia lineup promises to be every bit as eclectic, endearing and in-demand as the iterations that have come before, incorporating game-used pylons and footballs from Super Bowl LI, jerseys and headbands worn by some of the NBA’s top young players during last summer’s NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, sweat-soaked towels used during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere and the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, player-worn Santa hats just in time for the holidays and much more.

This year, the set that’s likely to resonate most with collectors is the history-tinted Super Bowl LI tribute to the New England Patriots, although some collectors have developed a sweet spot for the oversized Tools of the Trade cards or the Salute to Service and Santa Hat inserts.

The following gallery provides a detailed and delightful exploration of many of the cards mentioned above, including some of the dazzling parallel versions. Just in case you missed it, here’s yesterday’s preview of the set’s base and parallel cards. We’ll follow up soon on The Knight’s Lance with a preview gallery devoted exclusively to the 2017 Black Friday set’s autograph inclusions.

Until then, enjoy . . .

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