Panini America on Location: The Black Box Receiving Line at the 2011 Industry Summit

[youtube] LAS VEGAS -- Following weeks of buildup and considerable hype, Panini America officials finally distributed their coveted Black Boxes on Monday afternoon at the 2011 Industry Summit at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. This exclusive video, shot by company creative director Brandon Lesley, captures the customary frenzy, excitement and collection-making cornerstones resulting from the Black Box receiving line. (more…)

Video: Panini VP Mike Anderson Details New Distribution Plan at Industry Summit

LAS VEGAS -- Mike Anderson, Vice President of Sales for Panini America, provided extensive details at this week's 2011 Industry Summit of the company's well-publicized new distribution and pricing policies. See exactly what Anderson had to say during Panini America's Monday address to more than 150 sports collectibles retailers in this revealing two-part video. (more…)

Panini America on Location: A Fruitful First Day at the 2011 Industry Summit (Gallery)

LAS VEGAS -- During a first day full of positive buzz and seemingly industry-wide optimism, Panini America made the biggest splash at the 2011 Industry Summit by revealing the details surrounding its much-discussed new distribution policy and unveiling plans for the industry's first HD video trading card. Oh, and there was also that little matter of dispensing the company's perpetually popular Black Boxes. (more…)

Panini Sales VP Mike Anderson Addresses New Distribution Policy, ‘MAPP’ Pricing

LAS VEGAS -- Aside from Panini America's trademark Black Boxes, arguably the single most anticipated aspect of the 2011 Industry Summit came Monday afternoon with the long-awaited public unveiling of the company's new distribution plan and pricing policy. Mike Anderson, Panini America Vice President of Sales, sat down with The Knight's Lance to provide an exclusive first look at some of the pertinent…

Panini America on Location: The 2011 Industry Summit Kicks Off in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The 2011 Industry Summit began in earnest Monday morning boasting more than 300 sports collectibles professionals including more than 150 retailers, the most in the event's history. Panini America will stake its leadership presence from the beginning inside The Orleans Hotel & Casino, starting with a 7:30 a.m. PST roundtable discussion on its NBA business in one conference room and…

Panini Unwrapped Special Edition: L.A. Kings Announcers Bob Miller & Jim Fox

The Los Angeles Kings skated through Dallas last week for a road game against the Dallas Stars, providing Panini America with a golden opportunity to receive the royal treatment. At the urging of Panini America hockey acquisitions guru Alex Carbajal, fabled announcers Bob Miller, a Hockey Hall of Famer, and Jim Fox -- two men with voices fit for Kings, quite literally --…

Panini America to Distribute Special 50th Anniversary Set at 2011 Industry Summit

Panini America officials on Sunday unveiled a special 50th anniversary set that the company will distribute during its NBA, NHL and NFL roundtable discussions at the 2011 Industry Summit in Las Vegas. The 15-card set features specially stamped versions of the cards that Panini America made available earlier this year at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., Super Bowl XLV in Dallas…

Knight’s Lance Exclusive: The Complete 2011 Industry Summit Black Box Checklist

Now that we're just mere hours away from the official launch of the 2011 Industry Summit in Las Vegas, that means were also just mere hours away from the release of Panini America's show-stopping Black Boxes. What follows is a comprehensive checklist of the fabulous autograph and memorabilia cards -- every one a 1/1 -- highlighting this year's edition. (more…)

Legendary Pens Announcer Mike Lange Defies Description with His Inscriptions

There's likely not a more distinctive voice in the NHL than the one belonging to legendary Pittsburgh Penguins announcer Mike Lange. His unique "Lange-isms" have regaled Pens fans for more than 30 years and are at least partially responsible for him receiving the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.  Luckily for collectors, Lange used a pen…

The Panini America Interview: Dallas Stars Goalie Kari Lehtonen on Collecting, Signing

[youtube]  Would you trade a cherished Wayne Gretzky hockey card for one of Felix Potvin? Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen would . . . and has. And he'd do it again in a heartbeat. Lehtonen revealed that and so much more on Thursday evening during a signing at his home with Panini America hockey acquisitions guru Alex Carbajal. (more…)
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