The Happiest Award on Earth

Panini America took home a most prestigious piece of hardware recently that had nothing to do with Kobe Bryant, John Wall, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow or Alexander Ovechkin. No, the superstars of this particular product were way more animated. Literally. During the Disney Consumer Products North America  Sales Meeting Entertainment Showcase held earlier this month at Disneyland, Panini America was honored with the 2010 Product Quality…

The Drool Gallery: 2010 Limited Football

I got a glimpse earlier this week of the first live cards from 2010 Limited Football. I was speechless. After all, the last time I saw something that beautiful gracing a rectangular piece of paper I was admiring Maxim's latest Stacy Keibler cover . . . or was it the Beyoncé cover? Look, I know I get paid to say nice things about…

Panini Behind the Scenes: A Package Deal

Look, it's no secret that trading card packaging often gets a bad rap -- 0r is it "wrap?" -- in the wide, wonderful world of card collecting. It's a tragically underappreciated part of the total package (pun intended) that gets precious little attention from collectors -- despite being the first thing they see of their favorite products in most cases. But know…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010 Limited Football

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCtiKlTzMIY&fs=1&hl=en_US] Panini America's Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha get an extremely early opportunity (like one full week early) to bust two boxes of 2010 Limited Football, a high-end thrill ride packing more hits than Justin Bieber. Enjoy.

Bang for the Bucks: 2010-11 Score Hockey Delivers Record-Setting ROI

The ultra-passionate hockey collecting community has been buzzing about the release of 2010-11 Score Hockey for months. When the product finally released to open arms in early November, it was universally cheered for its everybody's-welcome price point (99 cents per pack), its old-school design and development nuances and the inclusion of scarce, history-making Recollection Collection BuyBack Autographs of key 1990-91 Score singles.…

‘Whose Autographs Arrived Today?’ Another Can’t-Miss Panini America Contest.

Think you know autographs? We're about to find out. But first, a little background. The almost-daily "autos in house" emails from our very own Rosalinda Rios represent arguably the most anticipated and enlightening pieces of interoffice communication that many of us receive on a regular basis. As the title of their subject line suggests, Rios' late-morning e-missives provide a complete rundown…

Panini Peek: 2010 Donruss Football Rated Rookie Boxed Set (the ‘D’ Returns!)

With all due respect to the Philadelphia Eagles' spectacular Michael Vick, the greatest comeback story in all of football this season just might be the return of the old-school Donruss "D." You know, the stylized letter that collectors have coveted since the early 1980s when it was the instantly recognizable symbol for baseball card greatness. The one that still makes them weak in…
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