Coming Soon to a Panini America Hockey Product: Sweaters Fit for Kings

I couldn't help but notice Panini America's Alex Carbajal living like a king (make that "King") early last week, nattily festooned in the most majestic, special-edition Los Angeles Kings sweater I'd ever seen. It was the purple-reigning "vintage throwback" gem the Kings' Drew Doughty wore on Oct. 9, 2010, in the game at Vancouver that celebrated the Canucks' 40th anniversary. It's one of three sweaters from that game Panini America acquired directly from the Kings -- in…

Panini Peek: 2010 National Treasures Football Pen Pals Autographs

Say this about the 2010 National Treasures Football Pen Pals Autographs: They are on-card and they are spectacular. (And if you're patient, you'll be able to see for yourself soon enough.) To be sure, the cards -- signed in May at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere by some of the most collectible rookies in the league -- will be…

On the Routing Table: Contenders Football, Crown Royale Hockey, Century Collection

I went snooping near the back of the building late Wednesday afternoon to see what I could find that could tide us over during the Thanksgiving holiday. Well, I found a most bountiful harbinger harvest at the trusty routing table, a veritable cornucopia of product-previewing goodness. On this particular afternoon, I was treated to pre-production paperwork for premier Panini America…

Quality Controlling 2010-11 Donruss Hockey

Hey, remember earlier this week when I brought you that early look at 2010-11 Donruss Hockey? Turns out those were retail quality control cases yielding those sneak peeks. On Wednesday, Panini America Hockey Brand Manager Al Muir and Assistant Brand Manager Clint Hall had the pleasure of quality controlling two hobby cases of the highly anticipated product that releases next…

Panini America NFL Thanksgiving Contest

From all of us at Panini America, Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a time to give thanks, spend time with our families, eat some good food and watch some football! I want to give special thanks to all our troops that are away from home today defending our country! (more…)

Welcome to Panini America . . . Please Feel Free to Have a Look Around

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a16FyXbyVJQ&fs=1&hl=en_US] With most of the office heading out early for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday afternoon provided a perfect opportunity for a little behind-the-scenes film making. This time around, get a firsthand look at the card- and memorabilia-filled reception area inside Panini America headquarters.

‘Whose Autographs Arrived Today?’ Contest Answers Revealed, Winner Announced

OK, so last week we unveiled a "Whose Autographs Arrived Today?" contest and asked visitors to identify 12 unidentified autographs from that day's list of arrivals. Well, judging by the overwhelming response (thank you very much), this appears to be a contest worth revisiting sooner rather than later. While we included quite a few "gimmes" on our list of 12,…

Promotions Add Pop to Panini’s Official NFL, NHL Sticker & Album Collections

It's one thing to have the launch of Panini America's official NFL Sticker & Album Collection announced in the middle of Times Square for everyone to see. It's something else altogether grass-rootsy and different -- yet perhaps every bit as effective -- to have almost 600,000 albums and more than 1.5 million sheets of stickers (covering both the NFL and NHL collections) distributed absolutely free inside market-leading newspapers…

An Early Look: 2010-11 Threads Basketball

The vaunted Panini America basketball brand development team made expeditious work Monday of the quality control process for 2010-11 Threads Basketball, but were nice enough to share some of the contents with me so that I could share them with you. Good peeps, those PDT guys. When Threads hits in early December it will stand out immediately from its 2009-10 predecessor…
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