“Linflation” Rate: Charting the Skyrocketing Values of Jeremy Lin’s Best Basketball Cards

Are these heady times for New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin? Lindeed. In the span of a week, the Harvard-educated Lin has gone from an oft-discarded NBA afterthought to an unprecedented international -- ahem, Linternational -- phenomenon. His every move these days -- on the court and off -- is a must-see social media movement. He's made a Knicks team…

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…

Special Appearance: Cincinnati Pitcher & Avid Collector Bill Bray Stops By Panini HQ

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBjoZ8Pbyy4&w=585&h=327] Part of the excitement of being on the Panini America marketing team is you really never know what you're walking into on any given day.  Friday morning started off with a bang, as our email inbox chimed with a note from Product Development Director Ben Ecklar asking if someone from the marketing team would be available to conduct a…

Panini America On Location: Farewell from the 2011 Pop Warner Super Bowl

[wpvideo zfTjL46D]The final day of Pop Warner Super Bowl championship games took place yesterday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.  To say the championship games were exciting would be an understatement.  From an overtime thriller to an impressive aerial display in the final day's game - it was a day these young athletes…

Panini America On Location: Day One at the 2011 Pop Warner Super Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Set-up is complete and it's time for some football. Officials at Panini America were on hand Saturday as Pop Warner officially kicked off the 55th Annual Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. As the “Exclusive Trading Card Partner of Pop Warner Little Scholars,” Panini America will be handing out trading…

2011 Panini America Black Friday Checklist: Draft Day Materials & Patch Autographs

Since Panini America's Black Friday has ended, we have been updating the checklists here on The Knight's Lance to show collectors exactly what they got. So far we have posted the checklists for the Pro Bowl Materials and Pro Bowl Materials Autographs (you can access that checklist here: Final Checklist_Pro Bowl Mem), and for the Super Bowl Materials and Super Bowl Materials Autographs (you…

Panini Peek Preview Gallery: 2011-12 Panini Contenders Hockey (11 Must-See Images)

Panini America Product Development Director Karvin Cheung just left the marketing office. But before he did, I asked him for a quick assessment of 2011-12 Panini Contenders Hockey, the collecting flagship that will return for its second NHL season on February 15. Cheung's first take, without missing a beat or a sip of his coffee: "It's all about the content. This…

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…
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