For most collectors who attend the National Sports Collectors Convention every summer, the industry's marquee consumer event is essentially a five-day celebration of collecting passion. But during each of the last three years, Panini America has breathed new life into that celebration with its exclusive -- and quite breathtaking -- National VIP Party.
For most collectors who attend the National Sports Collectors Convention every summer, the industry’s marquee consumer event is essentially a five-day celebration of collecting passion. But during each of the last three years, Panini America has breathed new life into that celebration with its exclusive — and quite breathtaking — National VIP Party.
Anyone lucky enough to have attended the Panini America National VIP Party in 2012, 2013 or 2014 will tell you that there’s no other party quite like it. From the guest list to the goodies to the food to the fun, Panini America’s National VIP Party has not only become the talk of the National Sports Collectors Convention — it’s talked about for days, weeks, months and even years afterward, too.
On August 1 in Chicago, the Panini America National VIP Party returns, intent on another epic night. And considering that previous guests have included Joe Namath, John Riggins, Kyrie Irving, Johnny Manziel, Yasiel Puig, Jose Canseco, Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon and so many more, you can bet that Panini America officials have another jaw-dropping list of stars to headline this year’s gala.
Once again this year, the only way to gain admission to the invite-only event is to purchase $7,500 worth of selected Panini America product at the National from one of six approved National VIP Party vendors (Atlanta Sports Cards, Blowout Cards, Chicagoland Sports Cards, Dave & Adam’s Cardworld, Marty’s Sports Card Exchange and Steel City Collectibles).
In addition to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with sports royalty in a laid-back atmosphere, VIP Party attendees also will receive National Silver Packs at the Panini America booth upon qualifying. They’ll also receive special Gold VIP packs at the party Saturday night and autographed 8 by 10s from every VIP guest in attendance.
Qualifying Panini America VIP Party and wrapper-redemption products for this year’s show include:
2015 Cooperstown Baseball
2015 Donruss Baseball
2015 Elite Baseball
2015 Stars & Stripes USA Baseball
2014-15 Donruss Basketball
2014-15 NBA Hoops Basketball
2014-15 Paramount Basketball
2014-15 Prestige Basketball
2014-15 Prizm Basketball
2014-15 Totally Certified Basketball
2015 Clear Vision Football
2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football
2015 Prestige Football
2015 Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks Football
2015 Country Music
We’ll have plenty more on the Panini America 2015 National VIP Party and the company’s presence at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in the coming days and weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. But just to give you a taste of what the National VIP Party is all about, check out the links below . . .