Panini America Offers a Special Father’s Day Glimpse at 2014-15 Preferred Basketball

Just when you thought you'd seen your last pre-release peek at Panini America's upcoming 2014-15 Preferred Basketball, we thought we'd pay tribute to all those book-loving (and booklet-loving) fathers out there with one final Father's Day peek. We brought you Part One of our Preferred Booklet review last Sunday. Today, we're bringing you the cliff-hanger finale. In the gallery that…

Championship Worthy: Panini America Eyes the Booklets in 2014-15 Preferred Basketball

Packout for Panini America's upcoming 2014-15 Preferred Basketball began in earnest Friday afternoon, officially triggering the countdown to the product's highly anticipated June 24 release. Since its introduction in 2011, the Preferred brand has become synonymous with "industry standard" in the realm of epic booklet card design -- but for the 2014-15 edition, Panini America's Creative and Product Development teams are…

Autographs, Cracked Ice Parallels Bring Pop to 2015 Panini America Father’s Day Set

Early this morning, we turned to Panini America's Tweeps (that is, our loyal followers on Twitter) to help us determine what we would preview today on The Knight's Lance. After all, with so many options (at the moment, primarily the upcoming 2014-15 Preferred Basketball and 2015 Father's Day sets) and seemingly not enough hours in the day, we wanted to know…

As NBA Finals Arrive, Panini America Offers Arresting Review of Spectra Basketball

Call it a hobby-wide case of "Spectracide." With its drop-dead gorgeous good looks, a wealth of desirable memorabilia and autograph cards, and the eternal excellence of Optichrome technology, Panini America's scorching 2014-15 Spectra Basketball is "killing it" in hobby shops across North America. For good reason, the product remains atop collecting's Most Wanted list eight days after release. The second installment…

A Must-See First Look at the Panini America 2015 Father’s Day Promotion (Gallery)

If the country’s finest sellers of bad ties, “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mugs and designer boxers have experienced a significant slump in the last three years (especially in the country’s hottest collecting markets), well, we apologize. Indeed, since bursting onto the scene in the summer of 2012, Panini America’s annual Father’s Day hobby shop promotion has fundamentally altered the way kids…

Masterful Footwork: Panini America Sneaks Peek at 2014-15 Immaculate Sneak Peek

It's safe to say that Panini America's NBA Product Development Team put its best foot forward last season with the introduction of the spectacular Sneak Peek insert in 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball. A revolutionary addition to the popular Immaculate brand, Sneak Peek appealed to hardcore collectors and sneakerheads alike by sharing massive, prime pieces of game-worn NBA shoes from the biggest…

Base Variations Continue Fanning Flames of 2014-15 Gold Standard Basketball

One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s Gold Standard Basketball brand during its first four years in existence has been the inclusion of veteran base-set variations that have created feeding frenzies for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. The phenomenon began with that inaugural 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball release and featured Pete Maravich,…

Base-Set Variations Bring Chase, Intrigue to 2014-15 Gold Standard Basketball (Gallery)

One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s Gold Standard Basketball brand during its first four years in existence has been the inclusion of veteran base-set variations that have created feeding frenzies for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. The phenomenon began with that inaugural 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball release and featured Pete Maravich,…

Panini America Examines Second QC Case of 2014-15 Gold Standard Basketball (Gallery)

Panini America's annual distributor conference came to a successful, productive close yesterday afternoon after more than two days of meetings, presentations, camaraderie and spirited back-and-forth dialogue between Panini America officials and North America's top sports card distributors. Despite a bulging itinerary that left little room for downtime, Panini America's Basketball Product Development team took advantage of the captive audience by…
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