15-Year-Old California Collector Nate Ware Enjoys a Dream Day with the San Francisco 49ers

One pack of Panini America NFL trading cards resulted in 15-year-old card collector Nate Ware of Danville, Calif., spending June 28 as an honorary San Francisco 49er as the national sweepstakes winner in the Panini NFL Player of the Day hobby shop promotion. Ware, a student at San Ramon Valley High School, was among more than 150,000 NFL card collectors…

15-Year-Old California Collector to Hang with 49ers RB Matt Breida as 2019 NFL POD Winner

Nate Ware of Danville, Calif., is like thousands of other young sports card collectors across America. He saves up his allowance to make regular visits to his favorite hobby shop with the hope of finding his favorite players or a rare collectible inside a Panini America pack. But, unlike most other collectors, Nate’s card collecting hobby opened the door for…

Flawless Finish: Patrick Mahomes II Stars in Panini America NFL Player of the Day Finale

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- When it comes to spectacular performances in the clutch, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II knows a thing or two about how to deliver. Anyone who's watched him play knows that. But watch him away from the field and you come away equally impressed. Certainly those in attendance last Friday during the 2017 Panini NFL…

Popular Panini NFL Player of the Day Hobby Shop Promo Returns for 18th Straight Year

You’ll have to forgive hobby shop owners across North America if they’re a little more giddy than normal this week. It is, after all, that time of year. Panini America’s popular NFL Player of the Day promotional kits began arriving this week, officially launching the 18th annual edition of the hobby’s longest-running — and arguably most successful — in-store promotion. The program won the Best Ongoing Promotion…

Seahawks Star K.J. Wright Makes an Impact During NFL POD Grand Prize Event (Video)

Ever since he was selected as the 2016 Panini NFL Player of the Day Grand Prize winner in April, 11-year-old collector Tommy Dickerson and his parents -- Darren and Janelle -- started planning the special day with Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright. The Tacoma, Wash., native made his guest list, figured out what items he wanted to have Wright sign and…

Panini NFL POD Winner Preparing to Spend the Day with Seahawks LB K.J. Wright

When 11-year-old trading card collector Tommy Dickerson bought a pack of officially licensed Panini America NFL trading cards at Northwest Sports Cards in University Place, Wash., the Tacoma native was hoping to get a card of one of his favorite players, perhaps a memorabilia card or, possibly, even an autographed card. Little did he know that one pack would lead to…

11-Year-Old Collector Gets Huge Surprise as NFL Player of the Day Grand Prize Winner

Tommy Dickerson, an 11-year-old collector from Tacoma, Wash., was excited last weekend to spend yet another Saturday night playing Pack Wars at Northwest Sports Cards, his favorite hobby shop located in the Tacoma suburb of University Place. What Dickerson didn't know, however, was that this particular Saturday night would turn out to be, in his words, “the best night of…

Where Are They Now: 2006 Panini NFL POD Grand Prize Winner AJ Andruszkiewicz

Editor's Note: Panini America NFL Player of the Day correspondent Doug Drotman caught up with former grand prize winner AJ Andruszkiewicz recently to see how his life has changed since winning the 2006 event. Here is Doug's account. The 2015 winner will be announced in the coming weeks. AJ Andruszkiewicz walks into his favorite hobby shop, Dan’s Sports Cards in…

Panini NFL Player of the Day Winner Spends a Day with Pierre Thomas

Avid collector Nathan Foster, a history teacher and coach at Springfield Middle School in Louisiana, turned one lucky pack of Panini America NFL trading cards into one fantastic grand prize: The chance for him, his friends and family to spend a day at home and at his local card shop with New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas. That day was last Saturday,…