Contest Fit for a King: Jonathan Quick Stars in a Panini Unwrapped Scavenger Hunt

Last month during a Los Angeles Kings stop in Dallas, Panini America NHL Brand Manager Chris Barr had the distinct opportunity to spend some quality time with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during downtime of an autograph signing. In addition to discussing the finer points of redemption cards, Quick and Barr teamed up for a must-see edition of Panini Unwrapped starring…

A Panini America Pre-Autograph Preview: 2011-12 Prime Hockey Prime Rookies

It's always a little like Christmas morning around Panini America HQ when the first batch of Rookie Cards for a particular product arrive fresh from the printing facility. But that sensation was more intense than usual when the sweet, sizable-swatched memorabilia cards from the upcoming 2011-12 Prime Hockey arrived. Panini America's Acquisitions team was in something of a rush to get…

The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011-12 Rookie Anthology Hockey (74 Pics)

Man, what a week. In one of the craziest four-day stretches in Panini America history, we've seen the buzz and excitement surrounding our 2012 Father's Day promotion intensify by the day. We've been treated to in-office appearances by Arizona pitcher Brad Ziegler and New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot. We've seen Panini America VP of Marketing Jason Howarth featured on ESPN's "Mint…

Prime Examples: The Hand-Picked Patches Headed to 2011-12 Prime Hockey (Gallery)

Contrary to what some New Jersey Devils fans may believe, the image above is in no way intended to serve as an editorial comment regarding how the Los Angeles Kings have sliced and diced the Devils during the first three games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Instead, that splendidly spliced specimen of an Adam Larsson-worn jersey is meant to illustrate the…

Panini America Routing Table Confidential: Peeking 2011-12 Prime & Dominion Hockey

Every product that Panini America creates -- even those as rich, decadent, high-end and hubbub-inducing as the upcoming 2011-12 Prime Hockey and 2011-12 Dominion Hockey -- first begin to take shape on the Routing Table that sits rather inconspicuously in the back of Panini America HQ in the Product Development area. It's the central location for the color copies that will…

Video & Gallery: The Hockey Highlights from Panini America’s Most Recent Mail Day

If a picture truly is worth a thousand words (and, hey, who are we to argue that it's not?), get ready for 37,000 brilliant ones that will succinctly sum up three good reasons to anticipate Panini America's later-season 2011-12 NHL trading cards. Those three reasons: Game-worn hockey jerseys from Chicago Blackhawks legend Denis Savard, Los Angeles Kings legend Bernie Nicholls and 2011…

Coming Soon to a Panini America Hockey Product: Sweaters Fit for Kings

I couldn't help but notice Panini America's Alex Carbajal living like a king (make that "King") early last week, nattily festooned in the most majestic, special-edition Los Angeles Kings sweater I'd ever seen. It was the purple-reigning "vintage throwback" gem the Kings' Drew Doughty wore on Oct. 9, 2010, in the game at Vancouver that celebrated the Canucks' 40th anniversary. It's one of three sweaters from that game Panini America acquired directly from the Kings -- in…

Pack Time with L.A. Kings Goalie Jonathan Bernier

As the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier is no stranger to being a coveted commodity among collectors. Appearing on a Panini America card, however, is absolutely a new thrill for the 22-year-old Quebec native. On Thursday afternoon, during a stop through Dallas to play the Stars, Bernier got the long-awaited first…