Quality Control Gallery: Panini America’s 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball

Panini America Basketball Brand Manager David Porter sauntered over to the dark side of the office -- sometimes referred to as the "marketing area" -- earlier today with two heaping handfuls of hoops nirvana disguised as singles from 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball. To be sure, the batch of cards -- freshly unearthed this week from the product's first quality control case -- was nothing short of mesmerizing. (more…)

Winners Announced in Panini America’s March ‘Guess the Autograph’ Contest

Just like that, another captivating "Guess the Autograph" contest has come to an end. The March edition of this Knight's Lance staple featured 15 mystery autographs, a shorter running time and, for the first time ever, multiple prizes. Indeed, since the contest has grown to be so popular, we've decided to award one grand prize and a small handful of runner-up prizes.…

Panini Peek: 2011 Michael Jackson

We all know that good things come to those who wait. Sometimes, collecting history does, too. More than a year after details were first released regarding Panini America's plans for an official Michael Jackson trading card set, the product will finally will make its celebrated debut in early June. 2011 Michael Jackson is a rich, colorful tribute befitting the King of…

The 2010 Playoff Contenders Football SP Reveal: Rookie Ink, Tebow Variations

As if last week's barrage of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football quantity revelations wasn't enough, we return to kick off a new week with the pertinent numbers on two other hotly chased elements of the product: The all-on-card Rookie Ink autographs and the Tim Tebow Rookie Ticket and Rookie Ink inscription variations. First, the short and sweet: Every player in the Rookie Ink insert signed 50…

Updated Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket Tracker: Big Pulls at Home and Abroad

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 two weeks ago. Every card pulled is nothing short of an industry-wide event, complete with the staggering auction prices to prove it. The Golden Ticket for Aaron Rodgers sold…

Golden Touches: Collectors in Florida and New York Strike Gold on Bradford, Elway

Five packs of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. That's all 29-year-old Florida collector Michael Tucker needed. So he dropped by Wonder Water Sports Cards in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday evening after work to pick them up -- really for no other reason than to test the video-recording capabilities of his new camera phone in advance of a group break next week. The camera, as it turns out, works…

Exclusive: 2010 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Quantities Revealed!

One of the most asked questions these days among passionate football folks has nothing at all to do with the NFL’s expiring CBA, Cam Newton’s 40 time or whether or not the Green Bay Packers have what it takes to repeat. No, the most prolific query making the rounds is something much more collecting focused. “When will Panini America release short-print quantities for…
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