The NFL Rookies are Coming! Stunning New Arrivals Hit Panini America on Friday

As if Week 2 of the 2011 NFL season wasn't enough to get you excited about this weekend, we here at Panini America are about to give you 16 more reasons: Some devastatingly good-looking autographed Rookie Cards slated to ignite upcoming football products such as 2011 Absolute Memorabilia, 2011 Crown Royale and 2011 Certified. The following gallery -- featuring new on-card arrivals…

Which 2011 NFL Star Are You Collecting? Tell Us & You Could Win His Autograph.

We here at The Knight's Lance are so darn giddy about the start of the 2011 NFL season that we want to share that excitement with our loyal readers and Panini America collectors. So we've picked some choice prizes from our stash of goodies -- including a great assortment of memorabilia autographed by top 2011 NFL rookies and Troy Polamalu's first on-card autograph. All you…

The Panini America Interview: New Orleans Saints Standout Rookie Mark Ingram

Simply, there's no better time of year (with the possible exception of Christmas) than the start of the NFL season -- which makes tonight's legendary lid-lifter between the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and the Super Bowl XLIV-winning New Orleans Saints somewhat epic. There will be no shortage of hobby headliners suiting up tonight inside legendary Lambeau Field. But…

Panini Peek: 2011 Gridiron Gear Football

When Panini America NFL Product Development team members set out to construct and improve Gridiron Gear Football for a new season, they considered a host of possibilities. Foremost among them, however, was making the still-revolutionary-after-all-these-years Rookie Gridiron Gems -- arguably collecting's most unique Rookie Cards -- more attainable than ever. As a result, the popular RCs, numbered this season to 349 or less, will fall eight per case…

Panini Peek: 2011 Gold Standard Football

The prospects for America's most passionate sports card prospectors just keep getting better. Panini America started the industry's great collecting gold rush late last season with the inclusion of real 14-karat gold Golden Tickets in 2010 Playoff Contenders Football. Those precious-metal pieces of history fueled an absolute feeding frenzy that paved the way for similar innovation in 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey and helped launch the stand-alone…

Details are Sketchy: Panini America Unveils One More Surprise for the 2011 National

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The hits keep coming for Panini America wrapper redeemers at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention. And in this case, the hits are hand-drawn works of art from some of the top rookies in the NFL. And while we could talk all day about the small number of original 2011 NFL Rookie Sketch Cards randomly inserted inside the company's wrapper-redemption program, we…

Panini America Quality Control Gallery and Checklist: 2011 Rookies & Stars Football

  Amid the barrage of high-end hoops and hockey being produced and promoted at a frenzied pace around Panini America headquarters these days, it's easy for a product like 2011 Rookies & Stars Football to fly quietly under the radar. So when Panini America Football Brand Manager Carlos Torrez called me late yesterday afternoon to see if I wanted to take a peek at the…

Panini Peek: 2011 Crown Royale Football

As one of the top three vote-getters in our Knight’s Lance Readers Choice Weekend poll, this story is being brought to you by . . . well . . . you. Stay tuned throughout the weekend for the additional content that you voted for, including your top two choices: More first looks at 2010-11 National Treasures Basketball and a gallery of some of our…

A Comprehensive Look at Panini America’s 2011 National Wrapper-Redemption Set

As one of the top four vote-getters in our Knight's Lance Readers Choice Weekend poll, this story is being brought to you by . . . well . . . you. Stay tuned throughout the weekend for the additional content that you voted for. You asked for a comprehensive look at the cardboard gold that is Panini America's 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention…
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