Knight Time: Official Blog of Panini America Still Going Strong Two Years Later

October 22, 2012

Turns out time does fly when you’re having fun — which must be why it seems like only yesterday that we started The Knight’s Lance. In reality, we debuted the official blog of Panini America two years ago today — Oct. 22, 2010 — with a simple press release announcing the launch.

More than 28,000 comments, 1,300 posts, 1,000 subscribers and countless prize giveaways later, The Knight’s Lance has become, among other things, the definitive voice for all things Panini America . . . a backstage pass to the inner workings of the trading card leader . . . a thriving collecting community . . . a must-visit daily destination . . . a frequent contributor of source material for mainstream sports Websites . . . a sounding board of innovative ideas, hot hobby opinions and good times.

“The Knight’s Lance gives us a unique platform to share what happens at Panini America,” company Vice President of Marketing Jason Howarth said in that original release. “We look forward to creating an engaging forum with collectors and retailers through the blog.”

Those collectors, by the way, deserve most of the credit. Your the ones who’ve made The Knight’s Lance so meaningful, so enjoyable, so worthwhile. Without you, there would be no us — and we never take that fact for granted.

Your the reason we update the blog with compelling content multiple times per day (whether we’re at home in our Irving, Texas, headquarters, or on the road at major shows and sporting events). You’re the reason we produce must-see world-premiere videos of our products being opened, of our products being made and of our interviews with some of the greatest athletes in the world of sports.

When you can’t make it to the biggest cards shows or the Industry Summit or the Super Bowl or the All-Star Game or the rookie photo shoots, we’re your eyes and ears on the ground, doing our best to at least make you feel like you’re there. When Panini America news breaks, it breaks right here first.

Simply, The Knight’s Lance has grown to be many things to many collectors in two short years. Here’s hoping the next two years — and the many years after that — are every bit enjoyable as these first two years have been. To everyone inside the building — but especially to everyone outside this building — who has contributed to the success of The Knight’s Lance, we say “thank you.”

Truth be told, we’re just getting started.

The Knight’s Lance By The Numbers
Posts — 1,348
Images Uploaded — 19,636
Subscribers — 1,043
Comments — 28,082
Tags Used — 1,468
Different Countries Represented Among All Visitors — 167

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Panini America Previews the Official UEFA Euro 2012 Sticker & Album Collection

Our Five Favorite Player Interviews
The Can’t-Miss Panini America Interview: Dallas Cowboys Legend Michael Irvin
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Panini America Interviews NBA Superstar Blake Griffin
Interviewing Andy Dalton Over a Box of 2012 Prestige Football
Prime Time on Prime Cuts: Panini America’s Exclusive Interview with Deion Sanders

Five Posts That Sill Make Us Laugh
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Panini Unwrapped World Premiere Video: 2011 Justin Bieber 2.0 (Surprise Ending)
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Our Five Favorite Production Videos
Video: Panini America Takes Ryan Kesler’s Game-Used Stick from the Ice to the Insert
Houndstooth Hat Trick: Turning a Classic Bear Bryant Collectible into 100 of Them
How’d Panini America Do That? Production Line Video Details Laser-Cutting Process
Panini America World Premiere Video: Collating the High-Dollar Hits
The Trading Card Production Line: A Panini America World Premiere Video