In recent weeks, we've done our best here at Panini America to bring collectors closer to the making of their favorite sports cards than anyone's ever been before. The video above -- detailing the UV coating, serial numbering and "decoy" cutting processes -- represents the latest in our continuing On the Production Line series.
In recent weeks, we’ve done our best here at Panini America to bring collectors closer to the making of their favorite sports cards than anyone’s ever been before. The video above — detailing the UV coating, serial numbering and “decoy” cutting processes — represents the latest in our continuing On the Production Line series.
We hope you enjoy this video as much as you’ve enjoyed the others in the series, including one on the cutting, collating, wrapping and packaging processes and one on feeding the high-dollar hits.
Stay tuned for more cutting-edge, behind-the-scenes footage like this in the coming weeks.
16 Replies to “On The Production Line: UV Coating, Serial Numbering, “Decoy” Cutting”
that was cool to see them numbering them i really enjoy seeing how it is all done, hopefully i will be moving to the dallas area some time next year and maybe i can get a tour or somthing .
This is FANTASTIC Tracy. An absolute gem. As a mechanical engineer, I am very curious about the tolerances these machines have because as you know, if a card is just slightly off-center or miscut, it almost voids the value of the card. I also find it interesting that there isnt a dust cover somehow…
also you need to do some on location reporting!
I really enjoyed this…….I am one of those quick studies that does not take long to absorb it all…….I used to do color seps old school for a few friends that owned printing companies and it brings back memories seeing the dryers and belts……I am also a big fan of decoys…may sound strange but I use them to make my own original hand painted art cards…….I was wondering that green template on top that they use as a mask to spray the uv coating on is that made of emulsion like they use for high density prints or is it just a die cut piece of plastic…..Really enjoyed this Tracy thanks
Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen. The fact that you guys like it so much is quite rewarding.
that’s interesting. I have toyed with the idea of making some of my own “art cards” or custom cards using the decoys.
I’ve also considered trying to make somewhat of a “relic” by embedding some of my medals (i’m in the military) into some of the decoys.
Wow! Thank you so much for providing these insights. It really enhances the whole collecting experience. You guys are a natural for a segment on “How It’s Made.” Would you guys ever do that if they asked?
Thanks, man. We’d absolutely be interested.
That’s pretty cool …….I’ve liked how you guys have been showing the behind the scenes kind of stuff that goes on at the factory. Where I work we got one of those decoy cutting machines. Big Blades that for sure. Keep up the good work guys.
Some narration would be nice to explain specifically what we are seeing during the process. Good stuff Tracy
Good feedback, Rob. Thanks. I’ll work on adding narration going forward.
I second this. Not only is narration needed, but narration and gimmicks are needed.
Videos should open with, “Hi, I’m Tracy Hackler and as you can see, I’m eating a delicious florida orange; packed with essential vitamins and nutrients. Check out what happens when you put the orange in the printing press? Call me Tom Jackson or Lyle Alzado because we’ve got some ORRRRANGE CRUSH!”
You better be careful, [the competition] might pick up some pointers & someone might actually want to buy their cards . . .
. . . NOT!!!
If there is one thing you are bringing to the table Its insight, and the fact you guys are a local company is great as well. Im going off subject here, but I wish Panini would get an M.L.B Baseball License, or make a huge push to obtain one.
Thanks for the kind words, man. Where are you located?
Right here in Dallas. We just relocated last March.
We love it here.