NBA All-Star Blake Griffin Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Deal with Panini America

Panini America, the world‚Äôs largest sports and entertainment collectables company and the NBA‚Äôs exclusive trading card and sticker partner, has inked Los Angeles Clippers slam-dunk sensation Blake Griffin to an exclusive multi-year agreement. Griffin joins a growing roster of exclusive athletes that are part of the Panini family, including five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin…

Massive Gallery & Must-See Video: Quality Controlling 2010-11 Classics Basketball

The power trio of Mike Payne, David Porter and Aik¬†Tongtharadol -- Panini America's juggernaut NBA product development team -- hit the¬†road early Thursday morning for¬†a sweet sojourn to the printing facility to quality control 2010-11 Classics Basketball. In true voyeuristic fashion, I followed closely behind with¬†cameras in hand to document part of the process. (more…)

Thunder Storm: Kevin Durant Autographs Signed, Sealed and Soon to be Delivered

It's been a busy couple of weeks for¬†Oklahoma City Thunder¬†√ľberstar Kevin Durant. During that span, Panini America's¬†newest exclusive trading card ambassador has averaged¬†more than 26 ppg game while leading the Thunder to¬†five victories¬†in¬†six games. And when he wasn't helping Oklahoma¬†City bolster its playoff position, he was busy leaving his mark behind the scenes --¬†pen in hand -- on an absolutely…

Mining & Pining: An Early Exploration of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

If I could be recast in card form as any basketball product in the entire collecting universe, I think I'd want to be the breath of fresh air that is 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard¬†(and I'm not just saying that because I work here).¬†The uniquely themed high-end offering, due out May 25, is unapologetically¬†lustrous from beginning to end --¬†packed with enough…

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…)

The Panini America Interview: Oklahoma City Thunder Superstar Kevin Durant

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXmDtdKdAg8&w=480&h=390] Panini America announced earlier today that it had reached an exclusive multi-year trading card, autograph and memorabilia agreement with Oklahoma¬†City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. In this exclusive interview with¬†Durant conducted on location inside Durant's home during his historic first signing session with Panini America, the two-time All-Star discusses his new association with the company,¬†collecting trading cards as a kid…

Panini Unwrapped: 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyja6l6DDHI&w=480&h=390] Join Panini America's David Porter, Scott Prusha and Aik¬†Tongtharadol as they enjoy the fruits of the first box of 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball, due in hobby shops everywhere next week. This special episode of Panini Unwrapped also is heavy on exclusive revelations, including information on short prints, the future of gold in basketball and the newest exclusive member…

Panini America Inks NBA Superstar Kevin Durant to Exclusive Multi-Year Agreement

¬† Panini America, the NBA‚Äôs exclusive trading card and sticker partner, announced on Thursday that it has signed Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant as an official company spokesman and trading card ambassador. Durant‚Äôs exclusive multi-year agreement with the company includes autographs and memorabilia, and adds to Panini America‚Äôs star-studded roster of NBA talent that also includes five-time NBA champion…

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…)

Christmas Eve Drool Gallery: 2010-11 Timeless Treasures Basketball

2010-11 Timeless Treasures Basketball, one of the most anticipated, content-rich hoops products of the season, will begin heating up the cold collecting winter when it releases five days into 2011 packing one really big surprise (more on that later). But since we know that some of the only things Panini America collectors love more than the products themselves are the…
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