Panini Unwrapped: 2011 Prestige Football

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXkN6xSCEg&w=580&h=360] That faint yet festive celebration you hear right now -- listen carefully, it's there -- is most likely collectors in your neighborhood counting down to the official kickoff of the 2011 NFL collecting season. For the record, it starts in less than 24 hours with the celebrated arrival of 2011 Panini Prestige Football. To ensure that you're properly prepared…

Panini America Rookie Premiere Interview: NFL PLAYERS President Keith Gordon

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEmI8ym9rKE&w=565&h=454] Late Saturday afternoon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, NFL PLAYERS President Keith Gordon sat down with Panini America's Tracy Hackler to discuss, among other things, the importance of the Rookie Premiere, the most important function of NFL PLAYERS and the dreaded NFL lockout. Oh, Gordon also identified his three most prized collectibles -- and you'll never guess what one of them is.

Examining My Favorite Autograph from the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere . . .

Over the course of four days at the just-completed 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles, the Panini America events team acquired seemingly countless autographs from the 36 future NFL superstars who participated in the marquee event. Those autographs will highlight the company's stacked roster of football brands all season long. But one signature in particular stands out -- and unlike…

Win Cam Newton’s Autographed Hat from the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere!

LOS ANGELES -- As you'll see in the video below wrapping up Panini America's action-packed Saturday at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere, Scott Prusha is "jonesing" to give something special away to those collectors who followed the day's events exclusively on The Knight's Lance. Turns out the prize Prusha has in mind is one of our best prizes to date: A Carolina Panthers hat worn…

Final Photo Farewell from Saturday’s 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere (Gallery)

LOS ANGELES -- The Panini America team arrived at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at about 6:30 this morning, bright, early and eager to prepare for the spectacle that is the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere. We'll be updating The Knight's Lance all day long with fresh content from one of the most important days on the football card calendar. Check…

Panini America on Location: More Photos, Fun at 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

LOS ANGELES -- Stevan Ridley, the New England Patriots rookie running back by way of LSU, is a self-proclaimed "country boy" with an affinity for hunting and fishing. Titus Young, the Detroit Lions wide receiver from Boise State (and South Central Los Angeles), painstakingly scrutinizes his own signature and is not the least bit afraid to switch it up his signing style…

Panini America on Location: Day One at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

LOS ANGELES -- A seemingly never-ending line of future NFL superstars filed through the Panini America player lounge on Wednesday, signing autographs, posing for pictures and contributing to an overhwlemingly fruitful first day at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere. Headlining the guest list on Wednesday were the likes of Marcell Dareus, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Andy Dalton, Von Miller, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, creating a collection…

Panini America Gears Up for Busy Weekend at the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

The annual NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere is nothing less than one of the most pivotal events on the trading card calendar every year -- and the 2011 edition is upon us. A dedicated Panini America team departed for Los Angeles this morning for four full days dedicated to capturing the essential content -- photographs, autographs, memorabilia, interviews, videos and lasting memories -- that…
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