A Historic Edition of Panini Unwrapped: 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh3WVX-nxho&w=560&h=349] Join Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha as they bust the first box of the celebrated 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey, the landmark first hockey installment of the venerable trading card franchise. After you've watched the video (shot by the shaky hands of first-time videographer Chris Reed, Panini America's obviously nervous new marketing acquisition), please share your candid comments on the product for…

Panini America Reveals More Exclusive Pics from 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball

Just one week after revealing the scintillating first images from a 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball product still in various stages of creative development, the Panini America Routing Table was rife with another batch of first looks at the super-premium heavyweight again this morning. For your viewing pleasure today: The marvelous game-worn memorabilia inserts NBA Logoman Combos and Hall of Fame Materials. (more…)

And the Latest Winner in Panini America’s ‘Guess the Autograph’ Contest Is . . .

Just like that, another captivating “Guess the Autograph” contest has come to an end. The May edition of this Knight’s Lance staple featured 20 mystery autographs, a three-day run time and, for just the second time, multiple prizes. Indeed, since the contest has grown to be so popular, we’ve decided to award one grand prize and a small handful of runner-up prizes. But before…

The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011 Prestige Football (47 Must-See Images)

You've got to admire the commitment of the Panini America football team. No matter when duty calls, Ben Ecklar and Carlos Torrez are up to the task. Take, for example, this past Saturday. A day typically reserved for leisure took a decided vocational turn when the first few quality control cases of 2011 Panini Prestige Football were in need of some serious…

A Closer Look: The ‘Number Ones’ Subset in Panini’s Michael Jackson Trading Card Set

  As the anticipation continues to swell for the long-awaited launch of the official Panini America Michael Jackson trading card set,we figured another world premiere sneak peek might keep the momentum building. Last weekend we previewed some of the scene-setting base cards gracing the June 8 release. Today, we unveil for the first time the Number Ones subset, a 13-card tribute to The King of…

Breaking News: Manny Machado Returns 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autos!

In a late-breaking development that was as completely unexpected as it should be universally embraced by the passionate prospecting community, highly touted Baltimore Orioles prospect Manny Machado finally returned his 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autographs to the company. But no one, it should be noted, is happier with this special delivery than Panini America Brand Manager Mike Payne, who developed 2010…

The Triumphant Return of Panini America’s Captivating ‘Guess the Autograph’ Contest

In the more than six months since we launched The Knight’s Lance, we’ve produced several posts that have been popular with the blog’s loyal readers. From behind-the-scenes looks at the trading card process that you just won’t get anywhere else to exclusive first looks at Panini America's best products, we seem to have struck a chord with today’s collectors. But some of the most…

You’ve Got Mail: A Daily Reminder of Panini America’s Incoming On-Card Brilliance

Rosalinda Rios' revelatory emails arrive every morning with uncanny precision, setting off the Microsoft Outlook notification chime that has become music to my ears. Like that first swig of lo-carb Monster energy drink, her electronic missives provide the perfect start to my every work day. Rios is something of a signature siren around these parts, the woman responsible for receiving and verifying each day's new arrivals. She then sends…

Panini Peek: 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

My hands are a little shaky at the moment so you'll have to excuse any typos in this post. I just spent the last 10 minutes marveling at the preliminary product information and images for 2010-11 Dominion Hockey . . . and I can't stop shaking. Frankly, I don't even know where to begin previewing a product of this magnitude. (more…)
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