One Man’s Relentless Pursuit of Panini America’s Living and Large Super Bowl Signatures Set

Longtime collector Luke Counts has made something of a name for himself in collecting circles over the years. That name, of course, is @drunktrojan on Instagram. A diehard Denver Broncos fan, Counts holds a place of prestige among fellow card collectors thanks to a stunning, seemingly unending array of high-end Broncos cards. But it's the "other" stuff he chases that…

Florida Developer Constructs Complete Set of Panini FIFA World Cup™ Prizm Autos

Florida collector Bryan Shaffer spends most days working with his father in the real-estate development business. But it's a recent construction project he completed away from the office -- a master-planned masterpiece measuring roughly 10 1/2-feet by 14 1/2-feet -- that likely ranks as his most impressive build yet. In a span of just 12 days, Shaffer managed to complete the…

Father-Son Team Hits ‘Holy Grail’ from One Pack of 2012 National Treasures Baseball

One pack. Eight cards. Sometimes that's all it takes. So when North Carolina collector Peter DeLorme and his 12-year-old son, Spencer, got their pack of 2012 National Treasures Baseball in the mail from Atlanta Sports Cards on Monday, they knew they had eight opportunities to make collecting history. And on the eighth and final card in that pack, they did. With…

Mission Accomplished: Texas Army Veteran Completes 2010 Contenders Football Quest

With the latest installment of the legendary Contenders Football brand burning up the collecting marketplace right now, we found the timing of an email we received earlier this week from Charlie DiPietro, the longtime owner of Sports Cards Plus in San Antonio, to be absolutely impeccable. It came late Monday night, well past closing time, and detailed the mission-completed accomplishment of loyal…

From Black Friday to Father’s Day: Enjoying Joe Alaimo’s Panini America Collection

When Rhode Island collector Joe Alaimo first contacted us about his collection of Panini America promotional sets (such as the 2011 and 2012 Black Friday, 2012 Father's Day and 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention sets), his approach was a rather humble one. "Since I read your blog all the time, I figured that you might want to take a look at…

Midas Touch: Collector Doug Felber Strikes Vintage Gold in 2012 Golden Age Baseball

Nebraska collector Doug Felber turned 62 yesterday. But his birthday card -- hand-picked by Felber himself -- actually arrived days before, on Christmas eve inside Sports Center Cards & Collectibles in Omaha. That's when Felber experienced nothing less than the pull of a lifetime from a box of Panini America's 2012 Golden Age Baseball. Admittedly, Felber nearly fell off his…

A Panini America New Year’s Day Tribute to the Ultimate Eric Decker Collector

Long before California native Patrick Clary was wooed by the receiving wizardry of Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker on the field, the disabled American combat veteran was wowed by Decker's Wonderlic results. Indeed, it was Decker's head -- not his hands -- that first convinced Clary to begin collecting Decker's football cards. Three years later, Decker has blossomed into one of the…

An Instant Classic: Panini America Collector Adam Scoggan Shares His Story

Editor's Note: Equal parts entertaining and inspirational, the following story comes to us directly from the mind and keyboard of dedicated SoCal collector Adam Scoggan, who details his dogged pursuit and completion of the 2010-11 Classics Basketball Classic Moments Autographs insert. Enjoy. I always thought I knew what went on in the card game due to my extensive collecting as…

Panini America Baseball Fan Rick Hutnak Shares Some Contenders to Remember

The second we saw Rick Hutnak's Tweet trumpeting his rather impressive collection of 2011 Contenders Baseball autographs, we knew we had to dig deeper into the collecting habits of the Massachusetts native now living in Clearwater, Fla. So we reached out to him -- via Twitter, of course -- to see if he'd be interested in sharing the story behind…
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