Texas Collector Michael Keller Strikes First Gold, Claims Mark Sanchez Golden Ticket

Longtime collector Michael Keller became the first person in the country to claim one of the 52 Golden Ticket 14-karat gold trading cards seeded in 2010 Playoff Contenders Football when he visited Panini America headquarters Thursday morning. Keller, who lives in Lewisville, Texas, pulled the Mark Sanchez Golden Ticket redemption card during a group break of Playoff Contenders at SMP Sportscards in Grapevine, Texas,…

Panini Peek: 2011 Panini Prestige Football

While it may seem like odd timing, what with football collectors everywhere basking in the considerable buzz of Panini America's last two products of the 2010 season (Playoff Contenders and National Treasures), it's never too early to being preparing for the start of another glorious NFL season. After seeing this exclusive first look at 2011 Panini Prestige Football, we're sure you'll agree.…

Special Guest Judge Robby Tebow Helps Pick Winner of Brother’s Rookie Ticket

We should have known the responses would come flooding in. After all, when the topic turns to Tim Tebow, seemingly everyone -- and we mean everyone -- has a take. But few people have a better take on one of America's most scrutinized athletes than Robby Tebow, Tim's older brother and the Executive Director of The Tim Tebow Foundation. But when the number of…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010 Playoff Contenders Football (with the Golden Ticket Reveal!)

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc2PuL--jf0&w=480&h=390] Join Panini America's Ben Ecklar, Tracy Hackler and Carlos Torrez as they bust one of the first boxes of 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. In addition to addressing the thorny issue of whether or not there are Rookie Card variations in the product, this revealing video provides the exclusive first look at the history-making Golden Ticket solid-gold trading cards. (more…)

2010 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph Variations Revealed!

Early last week, The Knight's Lance provided a captivating world premiere gallery showcasing the 33 young stars from the 2010 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere whose cornerstone Rookie Ticket Autographed RCs are signed on-card and are live in the product. While filming the Panini America quality control process for the product in the days that followed, this intrepid -- or is it inept? -- blogger unwittingly…

Louisiana Collector Wins Grand Prize in 2010 Panini NFL Player of the Day Contest

[caption id="attachment_3672" align="aligncenter" width="544" caption="Chuck Raborn, left, owner of Chuck's Field of Dreams in Albany, La., poses with 2010 Panini NFL Player of the Day winner Nathan Foster. "][/caption] Nathan Foster, a middle-school history teacher and coach -- and avid NFL trading card collector -- from Albany, La., turned one lucky pack of 2010 Panini NFL player trading cards into one fantastic grand…

Quality Controlling . . . 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball (video)

The Panini America basketball team -- Mike Payne, David Porter and Aik Tongtharadol -- spent most of Monday morning taking the good, hard, first looks at 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball, a re-imagined take on a company classic that adds a contemporary twist to the brand's trademark Rookie Ticket autographs. That thread-bearing twist comes in the form of striking manufactured…

Panini Peek: 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball (Preview and Card Gallery)

Concerned that your basketball card collection is missing a little bling? Don't fret. In late May, Panini America will introduce the premiere edition of Panini Gold Standard Basketball, a gilded gift to high-end hoops collectors packing a distinctively golden aura and a precious few cards including a piece of the solid precious metal. (more…)

Panini America Announces Leadership Role in the 2011 Industry Summit

With a company-wide mantra touting 2011 as “The Year of the Hobby Shop,” Panini America officials will participate in the 2011 Industry Summit and introduce a comprehensive commitment to independent sports and entertainment collectible retailers, company executives revealed today. “We made the biggest splash at the inaugural Industry Summit last year by giving attendees a glimpse into our long-term dedication…
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