Panini Sales VP Mike Anderson Addresses New Distribution Policy, ‘MAPP’ Pricing

LAS VEGAS -- Aside from Panini America's trademark Black Boxes, arguably the single most anticipated aspect of the 2011 Industry Summit came Monday afternoon with the long-awaited public unveiling of the company's new distribution plan and pricing policy. Mike Anderson, Panini America Vice President of Sales, sat down with The Knight's Lance to provide an exclusive first look at some of the pertinent…

Panini America on Location: The 2011 Industry Summit Kicks Off in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The 2011 Industry Summit began in earnest Monday morning boasting more than 300 sports collectibles professionals including more than 150 retailers, the most in the event's history. Panini America will stake its leadership presence from the beginning inside The Orleans Hotel & Casino, starting with a 7:30 a.m. PST roundtable discussion on its NBA business in one conference room and…

Panini Unwrapped Special Edition: L.A. Kings Announcers Bob Miller & Jim Fox

The Los Angeles Kings skated through Dallas last week for a road game against the Dallas Stars, providing Panini America with a golden opportunity to receive the royal treatment. At the urging of Panini America hockey acquisitions guru Alex Carbajal, fabled announcers Bob Miller, a Hockey Hall of Famer, and Jim Fox -- two men with voices fit for Kings, quite literally --…

Panini America to Distribute Special 50th Anniversary Set at 2011 Industry Summit

Panini America officials on Sunday unveiled a special 50th anniversary set that the company will distribute during its NBA, NHL and NFL roundtable discussions at the 2011 Industry Summit in Las Vegas. The 15-card set features specially stamped versions of the cards that Panini America made available earlier this year at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., Super Bowl XLV in Dallas…

Knight’s Lance Exclusive: The Complete 2011 Industry Summit Black Box Checklist

Now that we're just mere hours away from the official launch of the 2011 Industry Summit in Las Vegas, that means were also just mere hours away from the release of Panini America's show-stopping Black Boxes. What follows is a comprehensive checklist of the fabulous autograph and memorabilia cards -- every one a 1/1 -- highlighting this year's edition. (more…)

Breaking News: Panini America Bringing Kobe, Durant, Wall to Industry Summit

Panini America's ballyhooed Black Boxes slated for distribution during next week's 2011 Industry Summit just got a whole lot cooler. To help celebrate the highly anticipated May launch of Panini Authentic, the company announced on Friday that inserted into three of those boxes will be instant-win cards good for autographed pairs of shoes from exclusive spokesmen Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and John Wall. (more…)

Legendary Pens Announcer Mike Lange Defies Description with His Inscriptions

There's likely not a more distinctive voice in the NHL than the one belonging to legendary Pittsburgh Penguins announcer Mike Lange. His unique "Lange-isms" have regaled Pens fans for more than 30 years and are at least partially responsible for him receiving the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.  Luckily for collectors, Lange used a pen…

Panini America Redemption Card Update

The men and women in the Panini America Customer Service department have been working virtually around the clock in recent weeks feverishly fulfilling redemption card requests, and overcoming the short downtime and technical glitches associated with our recent relocation. While we continue to strive for the nirvana that would accompany a zero-redemption marketplace, rest assured that we're doing everything in our power to get…

From Filthy to Fabulous: Following Knowshon Moreno’s Dirty Laundry

"Righteously filthy." That's how I initially described, via Twitter, the game-worn Knowshon Moreno jersey Panini America acquired late during the 2010 NFL season. The dazzlingly dirty memorabilia masterpiece was swiftly introduced to the production cycle for inclusion in 2010 National Treasures Football, but not before I could chronicle some of the process. (more…)
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