Updated 2010 Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket Tracker: Four More Discovered

It’s no secret by now that the pioneering Golden Ticket redemption treasures buried randomly inside packs of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football have created a frenzied collecting buzz across America since they first hit the market more than a  month ago. Every card pulled is nothing short of an industry-wide event, complete with the staggering auction prices to prove it. The Golden Tickets for Dez Bryant, Aaron Rodgers and…

Making the Cut: Sourcing Ernie Davis Autos for 2010 National Treasures Football

Of the myriad headline-making cards to come from 2010 National Treasures Football, perhaps none is more majestic than the 1/1 Souvenir Cuts Ernie Davis masterpiece that was pulled last week from Triple Crown Trading Company in Naperville, Ill. It's one of just five Davis certified cut autograph trading cards in existence -- but it stands alone as the only one to include Davis' full, hand-scrawled "Ernest"…

Golden Moment: 2010 Playoff Contenders Emmitt Smith Golden Ticket Finds a Home

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKBp6uOP3OI&w=560&h=349] James Smith knew that the new card of his dreams -- the one and only 2010 Playoff Contenders Emmitt Smith Golden Ticket -- was ultimately worth more than $1,550. So he relied on seller's sense of passion and football card justice to do the right thing. Smith's pitch was a convincing one. As one of the country's preeminent Emmitt Smith collectors, James…

Justin Bieber, Cars 2 Highlight New Sticker & Album Collections from Panini America

  One's a bona fide summer blockbuster and one of the most anticipated animated movie sequels of all time. The other is nothing less than the most followed, friended, viewed and downloaded entertainer in the free world. And just when you thought the hype surrounding "Cars 2" and Justin Bieber couldn't possibly get any bigger, Panini America announces plans to…

The Penmanship of Pau Gasol: A Signing Session with the L.A. Lakers’ Big Man

Twenty-four hours before his impressive performance Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks, Pau Gasol, the Los Angeles Lakers' soft-spoken 7-footer, was tucked away in a wine cellar deep in the bowels of a posh Dallas hotel for a clandestine signing session with Panini America. It should be noted that Gasol -- who scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Lakers'…

The Panini America Interview: Dallas Stars Goalie Kari Lehtonen on Collecting, Signing

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtA-t80Q2zs&w=480&h=390]  Would you trade a cherished Wayne Gretzky hockey card for one of Felix Potvin? Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen would . . . and has. And he'd do it again in a heartbeat. Lehtonen revealed that and so much more on Thursday evening during a signing at his home with Panini America hockey acquisitions guru Alex Carbajal. (more…)

Panini America’s New HQ Taking Shape

They say time flies when you're having fun, which must be the reason why it seems simply unfathomable that two full weeks have passed since Panini America's big corporate relocation. Admittedly, 10 working days should be more than enough time to gather my bearings in the new building, but I still tend to get lost amid the labyrinthine layout of…

Panini Peek: 2011 Americana (with Gallery)

The next red-carpet-ready installment of Panini America's popular Americana trading card line is currently in production, with plans to release to rave reviews in early June. 2011 Panini Americana, a bona fide star-studded summer blockbuster, will deliver one autograph or memorabilia card in every $25 pack while each four-pack box will yield one Screen Gems insert, one Matinee Legends insert, one Prime Time…

Black Box Confidential: The Hand-Picked Gems Headed to the 2011 Industry Summit

Panini America's vaunted Black Box. It began back in 2002 as a way to provide added value to attendees of the industry's annual Hawaii Trade Conference. Before long, it became -- and remains -- one of the event's biggest attractions. Simply mention the term "Black Box" to veteran collectors and you're likely to get a raised eyebrow and a knowing nod, telling reactions inspired by the inherent buzz and…
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