The Panini Unwrapped Double Feature: 2011 Certified Football & 2011-12 Certified Hockey

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITuAnv-opQI&w=585&h=327] As if you needed another reason why 2011 Certified Football and 2011-12 Certified Hockey releasing on the same day this week is a good thing, we present this little nugget: The first-ever Panini Unwrapped episode featuring two products. That's right, in this history-making piece of videography (which benefited immeasurably from the deft touch of Tom "The Ripper" Key), watch as…

Panini America Offers the First Look Inside its 2011 Black Friday Base Set (Gallery)

Panini America's upcoming Black Friday in-store wrapper-redemption program has been building an enormous amount of buzz and perhaps even more collector anticipation since the day it was first previewed a few weeks back. The revolutionary promotion will take all of the excitement, energy and great hits collectors experience at the Panini America booth during every show appearance directly into hobby…

Special Guest: Panini Authentic Superstar John Wall Stops by Panini America HQ

Thanks to countless hours and seemingly endless nights, a new line of business was launched at Panini America earlier this year.  In early 2011, the curtain dropped for Panini Authentic, a memorabilia line dedicated to high-end, authenticated sports collectibles from the top athletes in the world. Along with other top-tier athletes, Panini Authentic was able to secure the services of the…

The Legendary Brendan Shanahan’s Take on Dominion Hockey: ‘The Best I’ve Ever Seen’

As the tangible, goose-bump-inducing hype surrounding the September 14 release of 2010-11 Dominion Hockey continues to build, leave it to living NHL legend Brendan Shanahan to put the cards in their proper perspective: "The cards are the best I've ever seen," Shanahan wrote Friday morning in an email to Alex Carbajal, Panini America NHL Acquisitions Manager. (more…)

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 Provides Specifics on Its National Wrapper Redemption Program

With the National Sports Collectors Convention set to take place starting Wednesday in Chicago, we thought it might be a good idea to detail the specifics of our highly anticipated wrapper-redemption program. We've spent the last two weeks showing you all t he goodies you can get from our packs, but we never really told you how you can get them. So,…

Panini Unwrapped Special Edition: Newest Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk

It's not every day you find out that a true-to-life NHL legend will soon be in your midst. So when Panini America NHL acquisitions specialist Alex Carbajal told me last Friday morning that three-time Stanley Cup champion Joe Nieuwendyk was coming into the office later that afternoon to sign some of his autographed cards, I did what anyone in my position would do: I picked my…

Win an Autographed Photo of Winnipeg Jets New Superstar Dustin “Big Buff” Byfuglien

UPDATE: NHL Star Dustin Byfuglien Dons Winnipeg Jets Sweater for the First Time [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HznuPLaNSE] For the last week, Panini America has been giving collectors a behind-the-scenes look at one of the NHL’s marquee events. What we didn’t know was just how popular showing images of Dustin Byfuglien in what COULD be his new uni would be. Just minutes after posting…
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