Tracker & Gallery: 2011 Playoff Contenders Football Black Golden Tickets (32 images)

It's hard to believe more than a year has passed since Panini America ignited the "Great Gold Rush of 2010" with the release of the groundbreaking Golden Tickets 14kt gold trading cards that were inserted into 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. That product launched a still-ongoing international mining expedition that carried over into hockey (2010-11 Playoff Contenders) and basketball (2010-11 Gold…

Prime Examples: Panini America Previews More Gems from 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball

If you thought last week's exclusive reveal of 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball was something special, well, you'd be right. But you haven't seen anything yet. Today, we continue our extended unveiling of Panini America's high-end, Hall of Fame-worthy MLBPA-licensed beauty that begins packing out in earnest this week. The following ensemble -- filled with some of the most beautifully designed,…

The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011 Prime Signatures Football (54 Images)

Until today, the considerable buzz surrounding next week's release of 2011 National Treasures Football has served to push 2011 Prime Signatures Football, also releasing next week, just under the radar. But that changes in a big way right now. I walked into the marketing office this morning to a waiting wealth of football card treasures, one Quality Control case each of…

New Autos from Hockey, Hardball Highlight Panini America's Latest Mail Days

We get the sense that Panini America baseball and hockey collectors are growing restless. After all, while basketball and football collectors are currently enjoying the new-release spoils of such products as 2011 Preferred Basketball and 2011 Totally Certified Football, those waiting patiently for, say, 2011-12 Contenders Hockey, 2011-12 Elite Hockey or 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball are left counting down the…

Sign of Things to Come: Peeking New Autos for 2011 Prime Cuts & Limited Baseball

  Over the last few weeks we've shared just some of the highlights from Panini America's great "Spring Training Autograph Tour of 2012," compliments of Acquisitions Manager Tone Stakes as he makes the rounds in Florida and Arizona. In previous dispatches, Stakes has shared behind-the-scenes anecdotes, images of the players signing and even a few card sneak peeks. But today, we're…

Panini America Peeks New Hockey Arrivals for 2011-12 Elite, 2011-12 Contenders

With so much hobby attention being heaped recently on the long-awaited fist NBA product of the season (2011-12 NBA Hoops) and the second one hot on its heels (2011 Preferred will be live next Wednesday), we've admittedly been distracted from the flurry of autographic activity surrounding Panini America's next two NHL products: 2011-12 Contenders and 2011-12 Elite. So we took…

Panini America Ships the First Autographed Trading Cards of the Legendary Phil Jackson

Perhaps no other trading cards in the staggering arsenal of possibilities dotting the 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball checklist generated more buzz last summer than three limited redemptions promising the world's first certified autograph trading cards of legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson. Most of the excitement generated by those redemptions stemmed from the fact that Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles…

SP Reveal: 2011 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Variations & Rookie Ink

Now that Panini America has lifted some of the mystery surrounding the 2011 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Photo Variations, the company can now start the process of revealing just how limited those variations are. What follows is the first of what promises to be many posts detailing the official specifics behind the SP autographs randomly inserted into packs of…
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