When the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention begins tomorrow in Baltimore, Panini America will give new meaning to the term "business cards." And depending on your perspective, it's a development that will either set collecting back a few decades or provide a fun, scarce addition for any Panini America fan.
When the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention begins tomorrow in Baltimore, Panini America will give new meaning to the term “business cards.” And depending on your perspective, it’s a development that will either set collecting back a few decades or provide a fun, scarce addition for any Panini America fan.
The history-making (or is that history-mocking?) Rookie Cards of Panini America Marketing Manager Scott Prusha, Hobby Sales Manager Rodney Alsup and, yes, even yours truly, will be included via special instant-win redemption cards in the company’s wrapper-redemption program.
In addition to being extremely limited (just 20 of each were produced for the show), the cards include over-sized prime pieces of work-worn (seriously) Rated Rookie T-shirt and ample signing space. And the only way to get the card — and get it signed — is by redeeming an instant-win card in person at the Panini America booth during the National.
At the very least, the conversation pieces should make for a fun few days in Baltimore. And they also gave us the perfect opportunity to create the following video showing you exactly how a memorabilia card is made.
We hope you enjoy the video and the gallery. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore — or online in the event that you can’t make it.
First, the video . . .
Now, the gallery . . .
59 Replies to “Panini America Employee Cards Add Rarity, Fun to National Wrapper Redemption Set”
Oh my goodness….That is some sweet mojo there!! Would this be your Rookie card Tracey??
Glad you like them. 🙂 Indeed, I’m honored to say that this would be my Rookie Card.
You have NO idea how much I’ve actually wanted to do something like this for a business card. I am insanely jealous.
Pretty crazy stuff! Especially with what i’m guessing is a laser cutting them up. Itd be pretty sweet to have your own card too.
What? No card of Ben? Dislike 🙁
I would love to have this for my business card as well.
What are the chances of having Panini make business cards for us?
For a fee of course!
What a truly epic announcement, wow! Thanks Tracy!
Oh so many comments to make, but I will show restraint on this one. Very cool. Just let me know when you are doing the bloggers series. Who is on the fourth Colossal, just above Rodney, in the video?
I think I speak for all of us here when I say “we appreciate your restraint, Ian.” As for the blogger series . . . don’t think we haven’t been giving that some serious thought. As for the fourth Colossal, well, it’s not part of the wrapper redemption but it does honor one of our special guests this week. We’ll have more on that in the coming days.
LOL! it is the one and only Notorious B.O.B.!!! Love it!!
Brilliant idea – innovative and fun. Fascinating to see the process.
Appreciate the kind words, Matt.
Those are so awesome! My son and I make our own “jersey” cards of ourselves at home but don’t even come near these!
I don’t know if you remember my post a few weeks ago about this during a preview of somethng…BUT I SO CALLED THIS! And Scott Prusha had commented about me having the office bugged lol. I didn’t actually know I was right though.
thanks for the information 🙂
It’s about darn time, a Hackler card is about 7-8 years past due!
You are far too kind, Kevin. I thought my wife, my mom and one of my two kids were the only ones who wanted one. 🙂
Tracy, you are like the brother i never had…
Brothers in collecting!
These are the 2 things I love about Panini, having some fun and letting thier customers behind the scenes. It’s just great PR.
To many times people/companies in this industry take themselves/it far to serious. After all this is a hobby and is supposded to be fun. Great job guys.
Really appreciate that. Glad you’re taking these cards in the spirit we intended.
You guys are nuts. See you tomorrow.
As much as I’d love to be asked to sign cards, this is a little too Toppsy.
sick Hackler patch! lol
as for that video though, pure awesomeness
I must also ask….these work worn shirts…they were washed right?? 🙂
I can tell you that mine was.
Great to know. I won’t be there to land one of those bad boys but thought I would ask for others.
Very interesting to watch the video, and good to see that everything isn’t that serious att the headquarters 😉
Now Tebow can start a Hackler collection. Awesome behind the scenes look.
That’s funny, Shawn. Glad you liked the “making of.”
That’s cool, thanks for the behind the scenes look at how they are made 🙂 You guys Rock!!
People will definitely be throwing Benjamins at these!
Well Tracy it looks like after all the hardwork and time that youve put in,its finally paid off! Congrates bro on your first card, its gotta feel good!!!
I wish I could get a Hackler rookie auto patch card. I guess I’m happy with my personalized TTM auto I have of him 🙂
I’ll trade you mt Tracy H for your Scott Prussa!! lol that is so cool!! I hope youe guys got a copy of the set as well!!
Love it mate so who will go for more on eBay
Scott or Tracy
My money is on Tracy
Also would love to see some of these promos hit Australia we have a few stores around that could use a few promos to compete with the Internet sellers.
Fathers day coming up in Australia just a thought
Again great video would love to see a video on the day in the life of the CSM a bet it’s a busy one I think I speak for everyone when I say he is doing a great job
Good idea, Jason. When is Australian Father’s Day, exactly?
Sunday 2nd September mate
Something for paparazzi cards in Adelaide would be good Brett has to be responsible for bringing a heap of people back to the hobby
Ps get on the Adelaide Crows mate and get off North Melbourne
I’ve gotta stay loyal to the Roos now.
Definitely a fun idea as folks on sites have done things before. Just looking forward to what they cards sell will sell for on the bay. As when anyone is gambling it all about getting the pc item which I doubt anyone truly wants one of these for the longhaul versus a player or team for their pc.
A quick question Why not have the the picture of the work shirt matching the piece on the card? Just think that would be better if the pic matched the jersey.
Those swatches are from the exact shirts we’re wearing in the photos, and that we all wore at the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere.
I’m going to be the first to get the three employee set graded and put into the PSA registry. Really, just to say I did it. Although Tracy, if your mom really wants one, I’ll give her a good deal. I’m planning on doing the $6500 VIP event, so surely I will end up with at least one of these, right?
Yes, sir. And if you do the $6,500 VIP event, I think you’re bound to pull one or two yourself! And I will let my mom know.
Mr. Hackler, how does an old collector like myself get his hands on an autographed PW card of YOU? That would be a cornerstone in my collection! I would have to slab it if I had one…….
You know, Steve, we do go back a long ways . . .
These cards are awesome, major credit guys. I soooo want a Hackler rc, and i promise i wont throw darts at it!!! Really cool looking patches, and a nice clean design.
Funny. Glad you like them, Ken. It feels good to be wanted.
How can I get a Rated Rookie shirt like that?
Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance tomorrow. We’ll have complete details there!
About time guys. My guess… Hackler will be big money on ebay!
If nothing else, it will make for some interesting viewing. I promise not to shill bid my own card. I can’t speak for my wife, though. 🙂
The ultimate set chase for her! The printing plates would be a nice addition to your walls at home! Ultimate proof you made it to a card.
Oh crikey… THE WORLD IS NOT READY for such a momentous addition to the world of cardboard. If I ever got one of those I would grade it and list it on ebay at a vastly inflated price just for kicks to see if anyone nibbled.
As for the rated rookie… i’m just not buying it surely it would be more of a HOF subset!
This will be funny when people pull these cards and they dont know who yall are lol. If i got one I would be sending it into get graded (BGS) and make it the center piece of my collection lol
I know I’m a little late to this blog, but if anyone has any of the Panini America Employee auto cards, let me know. I’d be interested in a deal.