2010 Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket Tracker: Who, Where & How Much

  It's no secret by now that the pioneering Golden Ticket redemption treasures buried randomly in packs of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football have created a frenzied collecting buzz across America since the first one hit the market Wednesday night. Every card pulled is nothing short of an industry-wide event, complete with the staggering auction prices to prove it. (more…)

Gold Rush: Dallas Collector Becomes First to Claim Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksmdbGeU048&w=480&h=390] Dallas-area collector Michael Keller struck gold Wednesday night, literally, when he pulled a Golden Ticket solid-gold redemption card from a pack of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. First thing Thursday morning, Keller made the 20-mile trek to Panini America corporate headquarters to become the first collector in the world to take possession of his solid-gold gem featuring New York Jets…

Aaron Rodgers Golden Ticket Surfaces . . . Bidding Already Surpasses $1,400

It's fitting, really, that the first 2010 Playoff Contenders Golden Ticket 1/1 to hit the open market yesterday, just hours after the product released, was that of Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers. After all, Rodgers was nothing short of solid gold all season long. And judging by the incredibly ascending prices being bid on his winning Golden Ticket…

The Panini America Interview: Oklahoma City Thunder Superstar Kevin Durant

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXmDtdKdAg8&w=480&h=390] Panini America announced earlier today that it had reached an exclusive multi-year trading card, autograph and memorabilia agreement with Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. In this exclusive interview with Durant conducted on location inside Durant's home during his historic first signing session with Panini America, the two-time All-Star discusses his new association with the company, collecting trading cards as a kid…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyja6l6DDHI&w=480&h=390] Join Panini America's David Porter, Scott Prusha and Aik Tongtharadol as they enjoy the fruits of the first box of 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball, due in hobby shops everywhere next week. This special episode of Panini Unwrapped also is heavy on exclusive revelations, including information on short prints, the future of gold in basketball and the newest exclusive member…

Panini America Inks NBA Superstar Kevin Durant to Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement

  Panini America, the NBA’s exclusive trading card and sticker partner, announced on Thursday that it has signed Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant as an official company spokesman and trading card ambassador. Durant’s exclusive multi-year agreement with the company includes autographs and memorabilia, and adds to Panini America’s star-studded roster of NBA talent that also includes five-time NBA champion…

Texas Collector Michael Keller Strikes First Gold, Claims Mark Sanchez Golden Ticket

Longtime collector Michael Keller became the first person in the country to claim one of the 52 Golden Ticket 14-karat gold trading cards seeded in 2010 Playoff Contenders Football when he visited Panini America headquarters Thursday morning. Keller, who lives in Lewisville, Texas, pulled the Mark Sanchez Golden Ticket redemption card during a group break of Playoff Contenders at SMP Sportscards in Grapevine, Texas,…

Panini Peek: 2011 Panini Prestige Football

While it may seem like odd timing, what with football collectors everywhere basking in the considerable buzz of Panini America's last two products of the 2010 season (Playoff Contenders and National Treasures), it's never too early to being preparing for the start of another glorious NFL season. After seeing this exclusive first look at 2011 Panini Prestige Football, we're sure you'll agree.…

Special Guest Judge Robby Tebow Helps Pick Winner of Brother’s Rookie Ticket

We should have known the responses would come flooding in. After all, when the topic turns to Tim Tebow, seemingly everyone -- and we mean everyone -- has a take. But few people have a better take on one of America's most scrutinized athletes than Robby Tebow, Tim's older brother and the Executive Director of The Tim Tebow Foundation. But when the number of…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010 Playoff Contenders Football (with the Golden Ticket Reveal!)

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc2PuL--jf0&w=480&h=390] Join Panini America's Ben Ecklar, Tracy Hackler and Carlos Torrez as they bust one of the first boxes of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. In addition to addressing the thorny issue of whether or not there are Rookie Card variations in the product, this revealing video provides the exclusive first look at the history-making Golden Ticket solid-gold trading cards. (more…)
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