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?…

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…

‘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…

The Knight’s Lance Week in Review

Collectors who missed the history-making first week of The Knight's Lance, the official Panini America blog, missed an awful lot. Luckily for you, we offer a comprehensive review of the sights, sounds and serendipitous sneak peeks right now. (more…)

Panini Behind the Scenes: Cards . . . Before They Become Cards

Look, I don't know how else to really bring this up so I'll just come right out and ask: Have you ever wondered what trading cards look like before they're trading cards? You know, before they're all UV-glossy and rectangled and emblazoned with printing technology or autographs or memorabilia or all three? Well, at just the right angle under just the right light, they look a…
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