Welcome to Panini America . . . Please Feel Free to Have a Look Around

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a16FyXbyVJQ&fs=1&hl=en_US] With most of the office heading out early for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday afternoon provided a perfect opportunity for a little behind-the-scenes film making. This time around, get a firsthand look at the card- and memorabilia-filled reception area inside Panini America headquarters.

An Early Look at 2010-11 Donruss Hockey

I'm not bragging or anything, but I had the chance earlier today to bust two early boxes of 2010-11 Donruss Hockey in the name of "quality control." Suffice it to say, I was impressed with what I saw and I'm quite certain you will be, too. Donruss Hockey, which includes hockey's celebrated Fans of the Game premiere, is another old-school-style set (on the heels of…

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?…

Bang for the Bucks: 2010-11 Score Hockey Delivers Record-Setting ROI

The ultra-passionate hockey collecting community has been buzzing about the release of 2010-11 Score Hockey for months. When the product finally released to open arms in early November, it was universally cheered for its everybody's-welcome price point (99 cents per pack), its old-school design and development nuances and the inclusion of scarce, history-making Recollection Collection BuyBack Autographs of key 1990-91 Score singles.…

‘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…

Scenes from the Floor: Saturday & Sunday at the 2010 Toronto Fall Expo (Updated)

You know that robust buzz we've been hearing all weekend? Well, we finally pinpointed its point of origin -- Toronto. Indeed, the profound excitement on display at this weekend's 2010 Toronto Fall Expo has generated good vibes that are being felt all the way back here in Arlington, Texas. In addition to seemingly universal glowing accounts of the show on…

From the Floor: 2010 Toronto Fall Expo

In addition to being a darn fine marketing guy, Panini America's Scott Prusha is also something of a budding photographer. It's an enticing combination to be sure, and one that leads to opportunities such as this to showcase the opening hours of the 2010 Toronto Fall Expo. Prusha packed his belongings and headed north of the border Thursday morning -- along with Panini teammates Al…

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…
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