Collectors, Rejoice: The Kobes are Coming!

The defending World Champion Los Angeles Lakers came through town earlier this week for a Western Conference clash with the Dallas Mavericks. What turned out to be one small step backward for the defending champions was one huge leap forward for Kobe Bryant collectors everywhere. At least those Kobe collectors who've been patiently waiting for his 2010-11 Panini America autographed trading…

Coming Soon: Panini America to Produce Danny Woodhead’s First NFL Rookie Card

Danny Woodhead’s seemingly out-of-nowhere transformation from practice-squad everyman to do-it-all New England Patriots running back has carried with it many fringe benefits, chief among them cult-hero status in Boston, sudden NFL stardom and, undoubtedly, the undying adoration of swooning female fans everywhere. One perk Woodhead hasn’t enjoyed during his meteoric ascension: Appearing on an NFL Rookie Card. That will change…

Exclusive Video: Quality Controlling 2010 Panini Plates & Patches Football

With the long-awaited launch date of 2010 Panini Plates & Patches Football just six days away, final preparations are being made to the inaugural edition of a product that's still being printed, cut, collated, boxed, wrapped and readied to ship as of this post. The quality-control checks, it should be noted, were completed earlier this week over a span of two days. We showed you most…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010-11 Panini NHL Adrenalyn Trading Card Game

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9GzMwPLmQ&w=480&h=390] Join Panini America's Carl Braun and Tracy Hackler as they get their game on with a box of the 2010-11 Panini NHL Adrenalyn trading card game. After a few packs are busted, Braun -- the man who developed Adrenalyn's game-play mechanics -- provides an impromptu lesson on how to play.

National Treasure: Blake Griffin and His Incredibly Hot Trading Cards (Gallery)

I spent 45 mesmerizing minutes last night watching the NBA.com highlight reel of Blake Griffin's 10 greatest slam dunks. The video, it should be noted, was less than four minutes in length. That means I watched it about 11 times. Seriously. Indeed, like everyone else in America right now, I'm transfixed by the otherworldly feats performed on a nightly basis by…

On The Production Line: UV Coating, Serial Numbering, “Decoy” Cutting

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3zqexIGSiQ&fs=1&hl=en_US] In recent weeks, we've done our best here at Panini America to bring collectors closer to the making of their favorite sports cards than anyone's ever been before. The video above -- detailing the UV coating, serial numbering and "decoy" cutting processes -- represents the latest in our continuing On the Production Line series.  We hope you enjoy this video as much as you've…

The Drool Gallery: 2010 Panini Plates & Patches Football (Part 1 of 2)

Judging by the buzz reverberating about the collecting community these days, I'm not the only one harboring high hopes for 2010 Panini Plates & Patches Football, the brand new high-end hit parade due out everywhere next week. To be sure, there are reasons aplenty to believe this product will be a monster. The poignant, head-turning new product will strive to deliver significant value in…
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