The Six 2010-11 Certified Hockey Freshman Fabric Signatures Redemptions Will Be . . .

In a weekend vote conducted right here at The Knight's Lance, a massive majority of passionate collectors all over North America voted to see the identity of the six Freshman Fabric Signatures redemption cards from 2010-11 Certified Hockey right now, all at once, rather than wait any longer. Well, to the more than 66 percent of those polled who demanded…

Panini America Launches Official Justin Bieber Trading Card Collection

Equipped with enough time and perhaps a supercomputer, it’s possible to count the ways that Canadian-born singing sensation Justin Bieber has exploded into a global phenomenon. His YouTube videos have been viewed more than 750 million times, he has more than 12 million Facebook friends, more than 6.2 million people follow him on Twitter and he reportedly earns $300,000 a…

The Trading Card Production Line: A Panini America World Premiere Video

I had the distinct pleasure of spending the utmost in quality time last week at our production facility in Allen, Texas, feasting on the sights, sounds and utterly blissful sensory overload that is the trading card production process. It was my first time to witness the wizardry firsthand. And you know what they say: You never forget your first time. (more…)

2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Rookie Hidden Gems: A Fantasy Football Card Draft

  One of the main calling cards -- 35 calling cards, actually -- of next week's release of 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Football is the pionerring Rookie Hidden Gems insert with its sweetly-oversized slide-out swatch featuring big, bold Sharpie signatures from some of the top young superstars in the game today. On Friday evening, The Knight's Lance partnered with fellow…

Attention, Certified Hockey Collectors: Which Would You Prefer?

Panini America Hockey Brand Manager Al Muir sauntered over to my desk today to let me know that he's ready to reveal the identities of the six Freshman Fabric Signatures rookie redemptions from 2010-11 Certified Hockey.  For those passionate collectors who've been waiting on pins and needles for this information, Muir's revelation is quite exciting. But since Al and I couldn't come…

A Day at Packout with Panini America

I didn't make my normal trek to Panini America headquarters in Arlington, Texas, for work on Tuesday morning. Instead, I ventured across town to the city of Allen to spend some quality time witnessing the finer points of trading card production. I left, however, with two huge regrets: One, that I couldn't stay longer -- like, say, two weeks longer; and…

The Details are in the (New Jersey) Devil

Add this to the incredibly long list of things at Panini America that you simply just don't see everyday: Hockey acquisitions guru Alex Carbajal on Wednesday wheeling a push cart stacked heaping high with an impeccable selection of game-worn hockey sweaters. At some point, I'm sure such sights will become old hat. But until then, I'm going to keep geeking out. I hope you don't…
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