A Panini Peek World Premiere: 2010 National Treasures Football

With most Panini Peek segments, I try to deliver some flowery introductory prose to describe the product images you are about to see for the first time. But as we all know, National Treasures Football is a product that needs no introduction. Besides, it's tough to find the right words to describe a product that so often leaves you speechless.…

Behind the Scenes: Panini America at Packout (with exclusive video)

The long list of my sports heroes actually isn't long at all. John Elway's at the top, followed by the likes of Carlton Fisk, Vance Johnson, Ed McCaffrey, Tim Tebow, Larry Fitzgerald, Clint Dolezel and Will Pettis. That's about it. But after the events of Friday morning, I'm contemplating adding one more to the list: John Mata. Who's John Mata?…

The Happiest Award on Earth

Panini America took home a most prestigious piece of hardware recently that had nothing to do with Kobe Bryant, John Wall, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow or Alexander Ovechkin. No, the superstars of this particular product were way more animated. Literally. During the Disney Consumer Products North America  Sales Meeting Entertainment Showcase held earlier this month at Disneyland, Panini America was honored with the 2010 Product Quality…

The Drool Gallery: 2010 Limited Football

I got a glimpse earlier this week of the first live cards from 2010 Limited Football. I was speechless. After all, the last time I saw something that beautiful gracing a rectangular piece of paper I was admiring Maxim's latest Stacy Keibler cover . . . or was it the Beyoncé cover? Look, I know I get paid to say nice things about…

Panini Behind the Scenes: A Package Deal

Look, it's no secret that trading card packaging often gets a bad rap -- 0r is it "wrap?" -- in the wide, wonderful world of card collecting. It's a tragically underappreciated part of the total package (pun intended) that gets precious little attention from collectors -- despite being the first thing they see of their favorite products in most cases. But know…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010 Limited Football

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCtiKlTzMIY&fs=1&hl=en_US] Panini America's Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha get an extremely early opportunity (like one full week early) to bust two boxes of 2010 Limited Football, a high-end thrill ride packing more hits than Justin Bieber. Enjoy.

Bang for the Bucks: 2010-11 Score Hockey Delivers Record-Setting ROI

The ultra-passionate hockey collecting community has been buzzing about the release of 2010-11 Score Hockey for months. When the product finally released to open arms in early November, it was universally cheered for its everybody's-welcome price point (99 cents per pack), its old-school design and development nuances and the inclusion of scarce, history-making Recollection Collection BuyBack Autographs of key 1990-91 Score singles.…
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