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Big Hit: Pacers Rookie Aaron Holiday Shines During 2018 NBA Player of the Day Finale

November 9, 2018

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If there is one word to use to describe Aiden Jones’ day as the grand prize winner of the 2018 Panini NBA Player of the Day hobby shop promotion, it would be “hit.” Jones was a hit with his friends and family he invited to a party at his home on November 4. Jones truly hit it off with Indiana Pacers rookie Aaron Holiday, the party’s special guest courtesy of Panini America. Holiday was a big hit with 150 collectors and kids club members at Indy Card Exchange who got to meet the rookie, get a photo taken with him and take home an exclusive Panini Instant NBA Player of the Day autographed card.

But for anyone who likes to collect trading cards, there’s only one type of big hit that really matters: The hit you pull from a box of Panini America NBA trading cards. And when it comes to those type of hits, Jones was an All-Star. In addition to receiving a $250 shopping spree at Indy Card Exchange and the opportunity to spend the day with Holiday, the 10-year-old collector also received a goody bag of Panini America swag and products. In his first box of 2017-18 Immaculate Basketball, the lucky youngster pulled hometown Pacer  T.J. Leaf on a card numbered to three. Then, in the second box of Immaculate, he struck gold with an autographed Charles Barkley numbered to 50.

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Hard-Signed: NBA Rookies Add Ink to Metal for Unique Panini Instant Cards (Gallery)

November 8, 2018

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For the second consecutive year, Panini America is using its Panini Instant on-demand trading card platform to deliver some of the season’s most heavy-duty tributes to the new NBA rookie class. Yesterday, Panini Instant launched the first wave of unique hard-signed metal cards honoring key NBA rookies such as Luka Doncic, DeAndre Ayton, Trae Young, Mo Bamba and many more.

The special cards were signed during the 2018 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot and are available in a base Red version numbered to 25, a Green version numbered to 10 and a Black 1/1 version. New this year are rare Dual Autograph cards featuring on-metal autographs from two top picks. Some of the 1/1 versions have already sold out but limited quantities of the Red and Green versions remain in stock for many players — but only while supplies last. There are 49 cards in the set and three to five new cards will be listed each day (Monday through Friday).

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Jumping in the Sheets with Panini America’s Upcoming 2018 Obsidian Football (Gallery)

November 7, 2018

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We first pulled the curtain back on a new creation dubbed “Obsidian Football” back in September, initially quoting the product’s sales solicitation material that characterized the innovative new release as “an eruption of sharp, edgy and contemporary designs” utilizing something Panini America Product Developers and Production folks called “Electric Etch.” But it’s hard to ascertain how all of that translates visually until you have some actual visuals. Well, now we do.

Over the last several days, the first uncut sheets of 2018 Obsidian Football (set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in early December) have made their way back to Panini America HQ for some preliminary QC checks. We could do our best to try to explain what “Electric Etch” looks like and what exactly it means when “sharp, edgy and contemporary designs” erupt. Instead, though, we’ll just let these first uncut sheets speak for us. Enjoy the early look and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Opens Boxes of the New 2018-19 Donruss Basketball

November 6, 2018

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This time tomorrow, day one on the market for Panini America’s 2018-19 Donruss Basketball will be coming to a close as the product arrives in hobby shops across North America as soon as Wednesday officially rolls around. The hype and buzz surrounding the product, however, will likely live long past release day. The reconfigured hobby jumbo edition of the product is the quintessential early season NBA product featuring the hottest Rookie Cards, the season’s first hard-signed rookie autographs, and enough colorful variety and compelling insert content to appease newcomers and veteran collectors alike.

We brought you a deep dive into the product earlier today with a revealing Quality Control Gallery. Now, we’re going directly to the box level with a Teaser Gallery that takes you pack by pack through two bulky boxes. On average, each hobby box (30 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 10 boxes per case) will deliver two autographs, 10 inserts or parallels and a wide array of popular Rated Rookies.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2018-19 Donruss Basketball (100+ Images)

November 6, 2018

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Panini America’s flagship Donruss Basketball franchise arrives in hobby shops across North America tomorrow boasting a bolstered jumbo format (30 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 10 boxes per case), some funky fun insert designs, the first hard-signed rookie autographs of the new season and a hobby-exclusive insert roster that includes Retro Series, All-Stars, The Rookies, All Clear for Takeoff, Swishful Thinking and All Heart. 2018-19 Donruss Basketball also features the ultra-rare Charles Barkley SP insert that falls roughly once every other case.

On average, each hobby jumbo box delivers two autographs and a bevy of vibrant inserts and parallels. But for many basketball fans and collectors, the highlight of 2018-19 Donruss Basketball is the Next Day Autographs insert featuring hard-signed cards produced and signed during the 2018 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. In case you missed it, we teased this year’s set back in August.

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Panini America Offers a Retail Roadmap for 2018-19 NBA Hoops Basketball (Gallery)

November 5, 2018


Panini America’s season-opening 2018-19 NBA Hoops Basketball released to the hobby almost two weeks ago and has been met with a warm embrace from basketball collectors who were anxiously awaiting the chance to collect for the new season. In the coming days, a retail edition rife with exclusive content will finally arrive on mass-retail store shelves. We brought you a tiny glimpse into some of the retail-exclusive content in 2018-19 NBA Hoops Basketball a few weeks back. Today, we’re taking a deeper dive.

In the revealing gallery that follows, we offer a visual roadmap of sorts detailing the various exclusives for the Retail Box, Blaster Box, Gravity Feed, Fat Pack and Dollar Tree SKUs. Enjoy the imagery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage. But before we get to the visuals, here’s a quick snapshot of the retail-exclusive content:

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Kobe, KD, Conner and More

November 2, 2018


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.

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