Panini America On Location: A Quick Video Diary from the 2011 National Convention

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCJEwBKBGco&w=585&h=363] ROSEMONT, Ill. -- For most card collectors, the 32nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention will likely be remembered most for the constant hum of excitement and energy inside the Panini America booth. The company's cavernous confines inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center created a must-see attraction for show-goers and provided the exclamation point on a wild, wacky whirlwind week in…

Gold Mettle: Even Before Release, 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball Rose in Value

The price of gold reached a record high of more than $1,600 an ounce earlier this week. Good news for investors. Better news for collectors. 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball, the newest NBA trading card product from Panini America, released on Wednesday blinging with 50 special cards made with 11 grams of real 14-karat gold -- marking perhaps the first time in the history of the sports collectibles…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball (with the checklist and a prize)

When our marketing allotment of 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball boxes finally arrived Tuesday evening, there was no one around to bust them with. In the interest of full disclosure, it took every ounce of will power I had to not fly solo for a golden edition of Panini Unwrapped. But a product as special as Gold Standard deserves a special guest, so we brought…

The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 32 Images from 2010-11 NBA Season Update

The blinding brilliance of 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball packing out this week has served to somewhat obscure the fact that another stellar Panini America hoops product -- 2010-11 NBA Season Update -- is also readying to dazzle collectors when it releases next week. Panini America basketball brand managers Aik Tongtharadol and Keith Hower pulled double duty this week at the company's printing facility…

The Hunger for Collecting: At the Table with Competitive Eating Star Notorious B.O.B.

Bob Shoudt walks alone – although he rarely ever eats alone – as perhaps the only man on the planet both willing and able to devour unfathomable quantities of products made by Panini and into paninis. Indeed, the Philly-bred phenom known in competitive eating circles as “Notorious B.O.B.” possesses a voracious, seemingly insatiable appetite for collectibles and calories – and he’s…

Dirk Nowitzki Still in Championship Form During Special Panini Authentic Signing

As if collectors needed another reason to love Dirk Nowitzki, here's No. 6,372: Last Friday afternoon, just before throwing out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers game and departing the next day for his homeland Germany, the Dallas Mavericks' uber everything NBA Finals MVP took time to participate in a special private signing for Panini America and his namesake foundation. Arguably the most in-demand athlete…

Panini Unwrapped on the Road: Nothing But the Hits at Orlando’s Big League Cards

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzpdpBaq_oE] Veteran collector and impressive videographer Tom Key spends huge chunks of quality time shooting both the breeze and box busts at Big League Cards in Orlando, Fla. That savory combination seemed like an ideal opportunity to have him compile this video detailing some of the better pulls from Panini America products in recent weeks. As if the impeccable hits documented…

QC Check: Exploring the Enchanting Effects of 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball

For most hoops collectors, next week's arrival of 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball is being most eagerly anticipated for its inclusion of the pioneering Panini HRX video trading cards. But for those of us who were on location Friday afternoon at the Panini America printing facility quality controlling the first boxes off the production line, it was stunningly obvious that HRX will be but…

Cavaliers No. 1 Overall Pick Kyrie Irving Signs Exclusive Deal with Panini America

Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company and the NBA’s exclusive trading card and sticker partner, has inked an exclusive agreement with Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in last night’s 2011 NBA Draft. Despite having his first and only season at Duke cut short by a toe injury, the athletic point guard…

Top NBA Draft Prospect Derrick Williams Inks Exclusive Deal with Panini America

Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company and the NBA’s exclusive trading card and sticker partner, has inked former University of Arizona star Derrick Williams – expected to be the first or second player taken in tomorrow’s 2011 NBA Draft – to an exclusive agreement.  Williams, the 2011 Pac-10 Player of the Year, averaged 19.5 points per game…
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