An Early Look: 2010-11 Threads Basketball

The vaunted Panini America basketball brand development team made expeditious work Monday of the quality control process for 2010-11 Threads Basketball, but were nice enough to share some of the contents with me so that I could share them with you. Good peeps, those PDT guys. When Threads hits in early December it will stand out immediately from its 2009-10 predecessor…

The Drool Gallery: 2010-11 Rookies & Stars Basketball

Yesterday we tantalized collectors with a must-see selection of sweet card images from 2010 Certified Football, which releases Wednesday. But there's another Panini America product from another sport releasing next week that also deserves its own appetite-whetting gallery: 2010-11 Rookies & Stars Basketball. Rookies & Stars is a breath-of-fresh-air kind of product that provides an exciting break filled with, well,…

Wall-to-Wall John Wall

Think John Wall is NBA ready? Six games into his career, the electrifying guard dropped 19 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists on the Houston Rockets last night in a 98-91 Washington Wizards win. In doing so, Wall became the third-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Only LeBron James and Lamar Odom were younger, but they weren't exclusive Panini America…

Quality Controlling 2010-11 Rookies & Stars Basketball

I was jarred today from a mid-afternoon brainstorming session (OK, it was a nap) by the feverish unwrapping of packs just to my left. Past Scott Prusha's desk and just over Al Muir's hair, I could see Basketball Brand Managers Aik Tongtharadol and David Porter making quick work of a few just-delivered quality control cases of 2010-11 Rookies & Stars Basketball. (more…)

Panini Peek: 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball

The product formerly known as Playoff Contenders Basketball will boast a new name and a new-look Rookie Card when 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball releases in early February. Each of the product's trademark Rookie Ticket Autographs will receive a memorabilia upgrade this season in the form of a manufactured prime patch (hence the enhanced product name) and those Rookie Ticket…

Panini Presents: 2010-11 Limited Basketball (with guests Mike Payne and David Porter)

[youtube=] Product development luminaries Mike Payne and David Porter -- Panini America Basketball Brand Managers -- provide an exclusive look at their newest creation, 2010-11 Limited Basketball. Find out what they think about the product and why they hate redemption cards as much as -- if not more than -- you do.

The Drool Gallery: 2010 Toronto Expo Wrapper Redmption Autographs

One of the highlights of next weekend's 2010 Toronto Fall Expo will undoubtedly be the Panini America wrapper redemption program -- and not just because of all the sweet Expo-exclusive hockey goodies the company has planned for those tantalizing two-card packs. In addition to some true collection-making hockey gems, Panini America is also spiking its silver-foiled show packs with autograph cards from tops…

Panini Peek: 2010-11 Timeless Treasures Basketball

Three words of advice to all those go-getter hoops collectors who've already sent their wish lists to Santa: Send another one -- after all, you do want to add a tin or two of 2010-11 Timeless Treasures Basketball, don't you? Trust us, you will after gawking at this exclusive sneak peek of the prestigious product that releases December 8.  (more…)
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