Winner Announced in the December ‘Whose Autograph Arrived Today?’ Contest

Last week we launched our second 'Whose Autograph Arrived Today?' contest and asked loyal The Knight's Lance visitors to guess the identity of 14 random, recently received autographs. Once again, the response was overwhelming and we sincerely appreciate everyone's¬†participation. In all, just six out of the more than 30 respondents correctly identified all¬†14 signatures correctly. We dropped those six names…

The Triumphant Return of Panini America’s ‘Whose Autographs Arrived Today?’ Contest

In the almost two months since we launched The Knight's Lance, we've produced several posts that have been popular with the blog's loyal readers. From behind-the-scenes looks at the trading card process that you just won't get anywhere else to the first¬†video breaks of Panini America's best products, we seem to have struck a chord with today's collectors. But far…

Panini America Behind the Scenes: Constructing the Cut Autograph

I happen to share a cubical corner with Carl Braun, so¬†I can tell pretty quickly¬†when the Panini America brand manager is engaged in something that might¬†be of great interest to the collecting masses.¬† Certainly that was the case last week, when I looked up to see him looking down, intently focused on¬†inspecting the¬†bulging batch of signed documents¬†atop his desk. Turns…

Panini America Launches Official Justin Bieber Trading Card Collection

Equipped with enough time and perhaps a supercomputer, it‚Äôs 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…

On the Routing Table: Contenders Football, Crown Royale Hockey, Century Collection

I went snooping near the back of the building late Wednesday afternoon to see what I could find that could tide us over during the Thanksgiving holiday. Well, I found a most bountiful harbinger harvest at the trusty routing table, a veritable cornucopia of product-previewing goodness. On this particular afternoon, I was treated to pre-production paperwork for premier Panini America…

‘Whose Autographs Arrived Today?’ Another Can’t-Miss Panini America Contest.

Think you know autographs? We're about to find out. But first, a little background. The almost-daily "autos in house" emails from our very own Rosalinda Rios represent arguably the most anticipated and enlightening pieces of interoffice communication that many of us receive on a regular basis.¬†As the title of their subject line suggests, Rios' late-morning e-missives provide a complete rundown…

On the Routing Table Today: Limited, Century Collection, Timeless Treasures

I was high-tailing it down the far corridor toward the Product Development room¬†today¬†when I was stopped in my size-10 tracks by the¬†vibrant, stop-sign-red shade of¬†paperwork¬†perched predominantly¬†atop the¬†infamous ¬†"routing table." In particular, these gifted pieces of paper contained the first gorgeous looks I'd seen of¬†some inserts slated for¬†2010 Century Collection, due out in late December. Based on this early glance, it's…

Panini Peek: 2010 Panini Century Collection

  In what just might be the biggest holiday blockbuster since James Cameron's "Titanic," 2010 Panini Century Collection launches three days before Christmas boasting a star-studded cast of celebrities ranging in scope from actors to astronaut to athletes and then some. Century Collection carries a $200 SRP for each five-card pack/box, but each five-card pack/box consists of two autograph cards,…
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