The Drool Gallery: 2010 Toronto Expo Wrapper Redmption Autographs

One of the highlights of next weekend's 2010 Toronto Fall Expo will undoubtedly be the Panini America wrapper redemption program -- and not just because of all the sweet Expo-exclusive hockey goodies the company has planned for those tantalizing two-card packs. In addition to some true collection-making hockey gems, Panini America is also spiking its silver-foiled show packs with autograph cards from tops…

Mail Day: Dez’s Dizzying, Dirty Debut

Battered. Beaten. Fatigued. Smelly. Scarred. No, not the Dallas Cowboys, but rather a pungent, non-laundered gem of a jersey worn earlier this season by electrifying rookie Dez Bryant, one of the team's few bright spots in a lost 2010 season. This particular piece of memorabilia arrived at Panini America headquarters on Monday afternoon exhibiting ample wear and an air of…

A Signing Sidney Sighting

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et_2w6TFLW4&fs=1&hl=en_US] I bolted from our weekly marketing meeting this morning on a mission to the men's room. Leave it to one of the greatest defensive players in NBA history to stop me in my tracks. On this particular Monday, University of Arkansas and Milwaukee Bucks legend Sidney Moncrief was down near the acquisitions end of our building lending his penmanship to…

The Knight’s Lance Week in Review

Collectors who missed the history-making first week of The Knight's Lance, the official Panini America blog, missed an awful lot. Luckily for you, we offer a comprehensive review of the sights, sounds and serendipitous sneak peeks right now. (more…)

Big Plans for the 2010 Toronto Fall Expo

Panini America will be doing its best Felix Potvin impersonation next month . . . by pulling out all the stops in Toronto. Indeed, during the 2010 Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo (beginning Nov. 12 at the Toronto International Centre), the company aims to dazzle a decided hockey contingent with another of its trademark, show-stopping wrapper redemption programs. (more…)

Pack Time with L.A. Kings Goalie Jonathan Bernier

As the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier is no stranger to being a coveted commodity among collectors. Appearing on a Panini America card, however, is absolutely a new thrill for the 22-year-old Quebec native. On Thursday afternoon, during a stop through Dallas to play the Stars, Bernier got the long-awaited first…

Panini Presents: 2010-11 Score Hockey

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVQGFNlksOc&fs=1&hl=en_US] Panini America's sweater-clad card geeks -- Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha -- get an early crack at the new 2010-11 Score Hockey. Stay tuned to the end for what just might be a most hair-razing conclusion.

The Redeeming Qualities of 2010-11 Limited Basketball

Legendary San Antonio Spurs point machine George Gervin was gifted with unmatched scoring skill and an equally impressive nickname, "The Iceman." In recent days, the Iceman cometh to Panini America headquarters (or at least his 2010-11 Limited autographed cards did). And he brought some of his friends with him. (more…)

Panini Presents: The Art of NFL Sticker Collecting

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbf-c5xP13Y&fs=1&hl=en_US] Panini America's Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha shed light on the thrilling aspects of collecting the officially licensed NFL Sticker and Album Collection. Watch the video for a hands-on how-to of NFL Sticker Collecting.

Panini Behind the Scenes: Cards . . . Before They Become Cards

Look, I don't know how else to really bring this up so I'll just come right out and ask: Have you ever wondered what trading cards look like before they're trading cards? You know, before they're all UV-glossy and rectangled and emblazoned with printing technology or autographs or memorabilia or all three? Well, at just the right angle under just the right light, they look a…
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