Panini America Unveils the Remaining 2011 Playoff Contenders Football RC Variations

By now, you've likely heard about the collectible commotion we created yesterday with the revelation that photo variations exist for each of the 36 RPS Rookie Tickets subjects dotting the 2011 Playoff Contenders Football checklist. In addition to spicing up a slow-moving Monday afternoon, our post brought collectors who hadn't yet picked up on the discrepancies up to speed on the…

Panini America Asks: What’s the Difference Between these 2011 Playoff Contenders RCs?

In some cases, the differences are more recognizable. In others, they're seemingly undetectable. In every case, though, this much is certain: There are short-printed photo variations for each of the 36 RPS Rookie Tickets Rookie Cards inside 2011 Playoff Contenders Football -- and we're about to shed some light on them. A missing arm band. A removed logo. An altered…

The Panini America QC Gallery: 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball (40 Must-See Images)

Most passionate baseball fans would have a difficult time determining exactly which of the following developments is more exciting: Pitchers and catchers from around the majors reporting to spring training or the release of 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball. The former happened over the weekend. The latter arrives later this week. Both, however, are sure to be met with open arms…

The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011 Playoff Contenders Football

Spoiler alert for all of us card collectors: Tuesday is Valentine's Day. But it's the following day, February 15, when we'll likely fall in love all over again. That's when 2011 Playoff Contenders Football hits hobby shops nationwide. There's certainly much about the product to be enamored with, not the least of which are landmark Rookie Ticket autographed Rookie Cards…

Panini Peek: 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball

Prime Cuts. Two words. Nine letters. One unmistakable reputation. It's a brand name that's become synonymous with the best in high-end sports cards -- and in March Prime Cuts returns to the diamond better than ever, bolstered by Panini America's new multiyear trading card agreement with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and at least two autographs in every…

Panini America Presents . . . the Rick Reilly Interview You Can’t Afford to Miss

In the interest of full disclosure, know this: I am an unabashed, unapologetic, geek-level Rick Reilly fan. His is one of the four faces proudly carved into my Man Crush Mount Rushmore, right alongside John Elway's, Tim Tebow's and Eminem's. When it comes to the pantheon of great American sportswriters, they get no greater than Reilly, a gifted scribe who…

Panini America On Location: The Frenzied First Few Days of the 2012 NFL Experience

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2012 NFL Experience officially kicked off Friday, but yesterday was the first full day of fun at the Indiana Convention Center. Only a few "cold weather" cities have hosted the Super Bowl, but fans kept things hot inside the 500,000 square foot football exhibit. While names like Joseph Addai, Donald Brown and Kyle Rudolph drew huge lines for free autographs…

Panini Peek Preview & Gallery: 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball (9 Must-See Images)

As baseball prospectors across the country continue enjoying the plentifully inked fruit of Panini America's first MLBPA-licensed product (2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball), company officials are hard at work readying the highly anticipated second release, 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball. Due out February 22, the newest incarnation of the longstanding hobby favorite will deliver -- like EEE -- six autographs…

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Top NFL Rookies Lead List of Panini America’s New Arrivals

The not-so-distant future of Panini America football cards keeps growing brighter and brighter. With every passing day, the top rookies from the 2011 NFL Draft Class continue filling our mailbox with the most welcomed holiday packages imaginable: Autographed Rookie Cards -- and accompanying parallels and inserts -- for late-season releases such as 2011 Plates & Patches, 2011 Limited and 2011…

Panini America Peeks 2011 Prime Signatures Football with 18 Must-See Images

There's nothing much better while watching another spectacular NFL Sunday than getting a sneak preview of one of the most anticipated new NFL trading card sets of the year. That would be 2011 Prime Signatures Football, the spectacularly designed, autograph-intensive offering from Panini America slated to arrive in February. One thing to note about the following gallery -- aside from the…
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