Redskins Receiver Anthony Armstrong Catches his First Official Rookie Card

Texas native Anthony Armstrong ran a rather circuitous route to the NFL before making a huge splash during his breakout rookie season with the Washington Redskins in 2010. The speedy Armstrong spent much of his formative football years indoors -- with both the Indoor Football League and the Arena Football League -- and then graduated to the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins and Redskins,…

Mining & Pining: An Early Exploration of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

If I could be recast in card form as any basketball product in the entire collecting universe, I think I'd want to be the breath of fresh air that is 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard (and I'm not just saying that because I work here). The uniquely themed high-end offering, due out May 25, is unapologetically lustrous from beginning to end -- packed with enough…

Good as Gold: The Anatomy of a Package

It's a shame, really, that Panini America Production Manager Jeremy Johnson spends much of his time on tone-setting, first-impression aspects of our products that most collectors can't wait to destroy. Johnson, a Michigan native, is the Prince of Packaging around these parts; the guy people visit when talk turns to boxes. Certainly Johnson's Midas touch will be all over 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball when the brand new product releases…

Panini America PC Spotlight: Rhys Evans Soaking Up Celtic Rays Down Under

There's something indescribably cool about having a native Australian refer to you as "mate." It was a thrill I first got to experience via Twitter thanks to passionate basketball collector Rhys Evans, a resident of Tasmania and a huge fan of Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics. Evans has been collecting in the land down under -- which in and of…

Black Box Winners Announced!

In an effort to bring the feel-good hobby vibe of the 2011 Industry Summit to collectors at home, we conducted a contest earlier this week to award Black Boxes to five lucky Panini America video box busters. The rules were simple: Go to your local hobby shop and purchase a hobby box of Panini America trading cards, video the break at the…

On the Routing Table: Zenith Hockey, Gold Standard Basketball, Prestige Football

It's been way too long since last we visited the fabled Panini America Routing Table, what with its seemingly never-ending stack of early looks at products in various stages of early development. Admittedly, its location in the new building near Product Development and Design -- far, far away from the marketing department -- makes frequent sojourns to its four-legged loot more difficult, but…

Panini Peek: 2011 Donruss Elite Football

You could say 2011 marks a new chapter in the hallowed history of Donruss Elite Football. More accurately, though, it marks a completely new book. For the first time in company history, Panini America will produce multiplayer autographed memorabilia booklet cards and will unveil the concept -- no doubt to considerable fanfare -- in the June release of 2011 Donruss Elite Football on the popular…
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