Behind the Scenes Gallery: Josh Hamilton & the Panini America/MLBPA Press Event

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Panini America and the Major League Baseball Players Association made huge news earlier today with the announcement that the two sides have agreed to a multi-year trading card agreement that kicks off in earnest with the December release of 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. As he is prone to do, though, special guest Josh Hamilton -- the 2010…

The Panini America Interview: Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers Superstar QB

The Cam Newton Era officially kicks off later today when the Carolina Panthers' Heisman Trophy-winning former National Champion makes his first NFL start on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. But all of us here at Panini America have been on the Newton bandwagon since April. That's when we produced his first officially licensed NFL trading cards inside 2011 Prestige Football --…

The Sights & Sounds: Panini America’s First Day at the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

TORONTO, Ontario -- Reason No. 6,347 to love the annual hockey-card extravaganza known as the NHLPA Rookie Showcase? Stories like this right here: Ryan Strome, the fifth overall pick of the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is busy signing a healthy batch of the Pen Pals duals that he shares with new superstar teammate John Tavares. Strome pauses briefly…

The Future of NFL Rookie Cards: The Signs of Greatness to Come from Panini America

How's this for cool: At this very moment, some of the most coveted and valuable Rookie Cards of the entire 2011 NFL season are stacked discreetly along an otherwise nondescript hallway at Panini America HQ, cataloged neatly inside a heaping mound of white storage boxes. Over the course of the next several weeks, Joe White, the man tasked with procuring all of Panini America's NFL autographs, will ensure…

Boston Bruin Milan Lucic Comes Through for Hockey Collectors One More Time

When you work on the manufacturer side of the NHL trading card business, you tend to pick up tons of behind-the-scenes skinny and invaluable insight into the daily dealings with the game's superstars and their agents. For example, Panini America NHL acquisitions specialist Alex Carbajal was one of the first people on the planet to know that Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic earlier this year had expressed an interest…

Panini America’s Revolutionary HRX Cards Get Star Treatment on FOX News Channel

While much of the sports collecting world descended upon Rosemont, Ill., last week for the 32nd Annual National Sports Collectors Convention, others around the country enjoyed a National experience from the comfort of their own living rooms compliments of FOX News Channel. The news-gathering giant last weekend began rotating a lengthy segment on Panini America's HRX Video Trading Cards, showcasing footage of the innovative cards themselves…

Golden Moment: Gawking at One Brilliant Pallet of 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball

As one of the top vote-getters in our Knight’s Lance Readers Choice Weekend poll, this story is being brought to you by . . . well . . . you. Stay tuned throughout the weekend for the additional content that you voted for, including your top two choices: More first looks at 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball and a gallery of some of our redemption…

Real-Time Gallery: Pre-Packout Continues for 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball

The majestic, methodical march toward getting 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball primed for packout continues in earnest today as a small contingent of Panini America officials make the company's printing facility their temporary office. Collectibles industry veteran Kevin Haake, Panini America's Retail Sales Manager, volunteered for white-glove duty today and he will be filing images of some of the sweetest sights he sees for the following gallery that we'll update…

Behind the Scenes: Pre-Packout Begins for 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball

Even now, still more than a week away from packout, 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball is receiving the white-glove treatment, literally, at the Panini America printing facility. Indeed, the multi-faceted process of getting the high-end juggernaut ready for prime time began in earnest this morning with a seven-person contingent engaging in the arduous task of hand-inspecting every single card for the product that…
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