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His Eminence: Panini America, Kobe Bryant Team Up for Historic Eminence Collection

December 8, 2017

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is arguably one of the most collected athletes on the planet. His majestic image and accomplishments have adorned seemingly countless spectacular trading cards during the last two decades. But there have never been Kobe trading cards quite like this. Later this month and in advance of Kobe’s dual jersey retirement at the Staples Center on December 18, Panini America officials will honor Bryant’s otherworldly career with Kobe Eminence, a true history-making trading card endeavor. A limited quantity will be available at the Panini America online store.  

Kobe Eminence is quite literally unlike anything ever created in the world of trading cards — and it’s been in the works for months with extensive personal input from the Black Mamba himself. Each nine-card Kobe Eminence box includes eight Bryant autographed cards and one card featuring an ounce of gold or platinum. Each box also includes a hardcover, Kobe-signed coffee table book featuring images of every card in the set. And just wait until you see some of the cards in the set . . .

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Panini America Provides Detailed First Look at 2017 Plates & Patches Football (Gallery)

December 7, 2017

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For five long seasons from 2011 to 2015, football collectors went without Panini America’s content-rich Plates & Patches Football brand. But the product made a triumphant return to the category in 2016 with a compelling mix of, well, plates and patches (and autographs). The rousing comeback effort was so well received by the collecting masses that it immediately earned a spot in the company’s 2017 brand portfolio — and 2017 Plates & Patches Football is set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in early February.

Once again this season, the unique product will live up to its name by delivering, on average, one Printing Plate 1/1, one Rookie Patch Autograph, one retired or veteran autograph, one memorabilia card and one parallel numbered to 50 or less in every hobby box (five cards per box, 12 boxes per case).

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Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2018 Donruss NASCAR Racing (Gallery)

December 7, 2017

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In early February, just in time to start the 2018 season, Panini America will launch its third season as the official trading card manufacturer of NASCAR with the release of the flagship Donruss brand that debuted to considerable fanfare last season. 2018 Donruss NASCAR Racing stays true to those rich Donruss roots by delivering the quintessential season-opening release full of color, star power and calling-card staples.

Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America on February 7, each hobby box of 2018 Donruss NASCAR Racing (10 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 20 boxes per case) will deliver, on average, three autograph or memorabilia cards, 12 inserts and nine parallels.

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Teaser: Panini America Unwraps Five Boxes of the New 2017 Preferred Football

December 6, 2017

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Hardcore football collectors really need no introduction to Panini America’s fabled Preferred Football franchise. The product’s unique calling cards — primarily way-cool memorabilia booklet cards and Silhouettes hard-signed memorabilia cards — provide the foundation for a riveting all-thriller/no-filler experience that returns today with the release of 2017 Preferred Football. We’ve done our best over the last several days to properly prepare you for the product’s arrival with must-see previews of this year’s Silhouettes and the customary Quality Control Gallery.

Today we’re taking you directly to the box level with a Teaser Gallery that goes card by card through five boxes of the product. Enjoy the Preferred experience and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage. Stick around after the gallery for the complete product checklist.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Breaks Five Boxes of 2017-18 Court Kings Basketball

December 6, 2017

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Panini America’s 2017-18 Court Kings Basketball releases today, which can mean only one thing to diehard hoops collectors: It’s time to get down the art of the matter. Annually one of the sport’s most beloved releases due to its artistic aesthetic, dynamic tiered Rookie Card structure and on-card autographs from the top rookies, the bold Court Kings product is built to make an impression. And once again this season, it will.

If last week’s Quality Control Gallery didn’t convince you of that, perhaps the following Teaser Gallery, which takes you card by card through five boxes of the product, most certainly will. Enjoy the preview.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Opens Three Boxes of 2017 Elite Extra Edition Baseball

December 5, 2017

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The prospecting paradise known as Panini America’s Elite Extra Edition Baseball arrives for an exciting new season tomorrow equipped with that rare high-upside value component that has driven the brand for many years. Lots of autographs from baseball’s brightest prospects, cool memorabilia cards and striking parallels.

On average, each hobby box of 2017 Elite Extra Edition Baseball (five cards per pack, five packs per box) will deliver eight autographs and two memorabilia cards. You got a broad introduction to the product with last week’s Quality Control Gallery. Today, we’re taking you pack by pack through three early boxes. Enjoy the sneak peek and stay tuned for additional coverage.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Cracks Open Two Boxes of 2017-18 Prizm Basketball

December 5, 2017

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It took a little longer than we had anticipated, but we finally got our hands on a few hobby boxes of the scorching-hot 2017-18 Prizm Basketball here in the Panini America Marketing Department. Truth be told, the product is so in demand that we had resigned ourselves to the notion that we wouldn’t see any boxes. The product went live just a few days ago and has spent seemingly every minute since buzzing.

In the must-see Teaser Gallery that follows, you can see that we had a Ball breaking two hobby boxes of the product. Enjoy the pack-by-pack breakdown and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

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