Panini America’s Nick Matijevich, the company’s Product Development Director for Football, issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding an inadvertent error that occurred in the recent release of 2016 National Treasures Football:
It has come to our attention that an inadvertent error was made in the authentication copy on three cards that appeared in the NFL Gear Quads Laundry Tag set from 2016 National Treasures Football. Only one of the three cards has made it to the secondary market at this time, but in doing our due diligence to determine how the error occurred, we discovered that two other cards in this parallel have the same uncorrected error in the authentication copy.
Today marks the glorious start of a landmark week in the life of the 2017 NFL season — and that’s as true for fans of the NFL Draft as it is for football collectors. On Thursday, the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft will kickoff the unofficial start of a new season as, one by one, 32 players will embark on their NFL journey when their names are called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. One day earlier, Panini America will kickoff the 2017 collecting season with the release of 2017 Score Football.
As you’ll see in the massive Quality Control Gallery that follows, there’s a lot to be excited about in 2017 Score Football, a grand, colorful celebration of seemingly everything fans and collectors love about the NFL. Throughout the checklist, you’ll find compelling inserts and subsets devoted to last season’s top fantasy performers . . . Color Rush uniforms . . . top defensive backs . . . huddles . . . legends . . . and so much more.
In an effort to keep collectors updated on the status of those Panini America redemption cards that are currently being processed, we’ll post a list every week, like the one included in the attachments below, detailing the most recent cards being fulfilled this week.
The following list is intended to inform collectors about which redemption cards from which products are being processed this week. We’ll update this list every week so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.
The release last week of Panini America’s 2017 Contenders Draft Picks Football and the arrival next week of the 2017 NFL Draft have collided to create a palpable frenzy surrounding the former as autograph cards of the top prospects have realized some rather lofty sales figures in recent days. Cracked Ice autographs of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and LSU running back Leonard Fournette sold for $700 and $500, respectively. A Cracked Ice gem of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey changed hands for $300.
Spend a little time researching realized sell prices on eBay and you’ll find similar staggering totals up and down your draft board. To help add a little insight into some of the autograph print runs in 2017 Contenders Draft Picks Football, we provide a spreadsheet below that details the Short Prints and Super Short Prints dotting the checklist. For the purposes of this post, SPs refer to cards with print runs of 200 or less; SSPs refer to cards with print runs of 100 or less.
One week from today, some of the greatest soccer players on the planet will get the Aficionado treatment as Panini America unveils the debut edition of Aficionado Soccer, a new release that borrows the best attributes from the Aficionado Baseball release that introduced the brand way back in 1996 and the Aficionado Basketball release that reintroduced it just last month.
2016-17 Aficionado Soccer boasts the horizontally oriented, two-image fronts (including the intricately etched foil closeups) that have come to define the Aficionado aesthetic. The product’s 200-card base set is bolstered by the 50-card Global Reach subset. On average, each hobby box will deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card and 10 Artist’s Proof parallels.
It didn’t take long for Golden State Warriors superstar — and Panini America-exclusive athlete — Kevin Durant to round into prime postseason form. Durant dropped 32 points on the Portland Trail Blazers in just 36 minutes during Golden State’s playoff-opening 121-109 triumph on Sunday. While KD and the Warriors will get back it again tomorrow for Game 2, it’s worth noting that Panini Authentic, the exclusive home for Durant autographed memorabilia, is at the top of its postseason game, too.
Panini Authentic officials recently added several new autographed items to the Kevin Durant Collection, including three captivating new photographs, three new Swingman jerseys featuring the “Dub Nation” inscription and three 2017 NBA All-Star Game items (one jersey and two basketballs). All new items are limited to editions of 135 or less and are available now while supplies last. You can check out the new pieces now by visiting Panini Authentic . . . and we’ve also provided a quick sneak peek below.