Sticking Points: Panini America Explores the Official 2019-20 NBA Sticker & Card Collection

In what has quickly become an NBA season quite unlike any other, it seems fitting now that Panini America officials delivered for the 2019-20 season an Official NBA Sticker Collection literally quite unlike any other. This season, for the first time, Panini America introduced a traditional trading card element to the annually popular NBA Sticker Collection, following in the successful…

Panini America Releases Statement on the Passing of Los Angeles Lakers Legend and Company Ambassador Kobe Bryant

IRVING, Texas (January 27, 2020) – Panini America officials, like the rest of the world, are devastated by Sunday’s news of the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others as the result of a helicopter crash. The company has maintained an exclusive relationship with the Los Angeles Lakers legend since 2009, when it made Bryant its global…

Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett and More Headline 2019 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball

In the interest of time (and playing catch-up), we’re dedicating today here at The Knight’s Lance to previewing, in rapid-fire fashion, the newest products that have been solicited by the Panini America sales team in recent weeks — a fresh batch of product previews that includes 2019 Absolute Football, 2019 Spectra Football, 2019 XR Football, 2018-19 Immaculate Basketball, 2019 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball, 2019-20 Prizm English Premier League Soccer and more.…

Boston Celtics No. 2 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams NBA Countdown

Banners. When it comes to the Celtics’ legacy, the discussion centers on banners. The franchise hangs 17 championship banners in the rafters of TD Garden. The most dominant runs in league history came through Boston, including winning 11 titles in a 13-year span starting in 1956-57. They also two championships in three seasons in the 1970s and three in a…

Chicago Bulls No. 4 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams NBA Countdown

Chicago dominated the 1990s, winning six championships. The franchise reached the mountaintop in 1991 by ending two dynasties. First, the Bulls broke through the Pistons in a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals, which ended the Bad Boys Era. Next, Chicago dismantled the Lakers in five games, which ended Magic Johnson’s run as the face of the league. Be…

Houston Rockets No. 5 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams NBA Countdown

The expression, “lightning never strikes twice in the same location” doesn’t apply to Houston. Some of the game’s greatest pillars have donned the Rockets’ logo (in San Diego in 1967-71 before moving to south Texas). It started with Hall of Fame center Elvin Hayes, whom the franchise drafted in 1968 while still based in San Diego. In 1984, Houston won…

San Antonio Spurs No. 6 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams NBA Countdown

The Spurs’ history is a chain of Hall of Famers and All-Stars that have collectively kept the franchise in the public eye since landing in San Antonio in 1973. That season, the team acquired George Gervin from the ABA Virginia Squires. The move started a trend that carries to this day. The Spurs, a small-market franchise adopted from a competitor…

Golden State Warriors No. 7 in Ongoing 30 Weeks| 30 Teams NBA Countdown

The Warriors’ winning ways go back as far as the NBA’s existence. The franchise won the league’s first championship in 1947 while based in Philadelphia. The franchise would add another title in 1956 before winning the lottery, so to speak, in 1959. The team drafted Wilt Chamberlain with the third overall pick that year, and he instantly became the most…
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