And the Nominees Are . . . Voting Begins for the Week 14 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Want to know who gets more excited than Panini America and NFL collectors about NFL Rookie performances each week during the season? Pepsi with its NFL Rookie of the Week initiative. So it comes as no surprise after months of behind-the-scenes work that Panini America and Pepsi would come together to help promote Pepsi Rookie of the Week voting and Panini America NFL Rookie trading cards. The payoff for collectors…

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton Voted Week 9 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Quarterback Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on November 6-7, the NFL announced today. Dalton threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Bengals’ 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. Dalton was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com.  The other finalists were running…

Panini America Drool Gallery: 2011 Certified Football’s Freshman Fabric Parallels

Let's begin with this: 2011 Certified Football begins shipping a week from Monday. So in honor of that momentous occasion (and as a fitting way to speed you into the weekend), I ventured to the massive acquisitions vault in the far back corner of Panini America HQ earlier today to unearth the following gems for a little sneak peek splendor. Bolstered by on-card signatures and player-worn…

Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton Voted Week 4 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Quarterback CAM NEWTON of the Carolina Panthers is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on October 2-3, the NFL announced today. Newton threw for 374 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and rushed for 35 yards and two scores in the Panthers’ 34-29 loss to the Chicago Bears. Newton currently…

Panini America World Premiere: The 2011 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Tickets

Following a brief dose of social-media suspense-building yesterday and a visual history lesson earlier today, the time has come for Panini America to unveil the design for its ballyhooed 2011 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Rookie Cards. The 2011 edition of this perenniel pigskin product-of-the-year favorite will hit shelves in early January, but we all know it's never too early to pull the curtain…

Panini Peek Preview Gallery: 2011 Donruss Rated Rookies Football Boxed Set

Panini America made a splash with budget-minded football collectors last season with the celebrated launch of the 2010 Donruss Rated Rookies Football Box Set. Last year's debut boasted a highly collectible recipe steeped in splendid, value-delivered simplicity. The good news: It's returning in 2011 boasting the same bang-in-a-box brilliance but with 100 new NFL rookies and one rookie autograph in every box. (more…)

Drool Gallery: A Pre-Autograph Peek at the 2011 Plates & Patches Football RCs (Part 1)

There are manifold benefits emanating from Panini America's effort to acquire more on-card autographs for its roster of 2011 NFL products. First and foremost, obviously, is that collectors want more on-card autographs. But one of the real hidden beauties of the process is that it requires the actual cards being signed be completed way earlier than normal -- which means we get our first look at the…

Oakland Raiders Guard Stefen Wisniewski Voted Week 3 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Voters on NFL.com have made their choice.  Offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski of the Oakland Raiders is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played September 25-26, the NFL announced today. Wisniewski helped the Oakland offensive line clear the way for 234 yards on the ground while allowing only one sack to a potent pass rush in the Raiders’ 34-24 win over the New…
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