Panini America Inks New York Rangers Top Draft Pick and Finnish Hockey Star Kaapo Kakko to Exclusive Multi-Year Autograph Trading Card Agreement

Panini America, the world’s largest licensed sports and entertainment collectibles company and the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NFL, NFLPA, NBA, NBA Players, College athletics and NASCAR, announced today that it has signed Finnish hockey star Kaapo Kakko to an exclusive autograph trading card agreement. As a result of the unique partnership, Panini America will produce the only autograph…

Prime-Time Video: Panini America Unwraps 2011-12 Prime Hockey (And You Can Win)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7QMd31FfNY&w=600&h=338] The time has come: Panini America's 2011-12 Prime Hockey is live. And to celebrate one of the most anticipated hockey products to hit the market in quite some time, Panini America Director of Product Development Karvin Cheung sat down with Tracy Hackler for this special prime-time edition of Panini Unwrapped. Were two boxes of the product enough to…

Silver Lining: Exploring the Engravatures Insert in 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

Amid the bewildering barrage of otherworldly hits I've seen packed into 2010-11 Dominion Hockey over the course of the last week, there is one insert in particular that has repeatedly commanded my attention more than the others. The cards don't have on-card autographs or a rainbow array of peerless patches like many of the gems that will share pack space with them. What they…

The Legendary Brendan Shanahan’s Take on Dominion Hockey: ‘The Best I’ve Ever Seen’

As the tangible, goose-bump-inducing hype surrounding the September 14 release of 2010-11 Dominion Hockey continues to build, leave it to living NHL legend Brendan Shanahan to put the cards in their proper perspective: "The cards are the best I've ever seen," Shanahan wrote Friday morning in an email to Alex Carbajal, Panini America NHL Acquisitions Manager. (more…)

Last Look: Your Final Pre-Packout Drool Gallery for 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

Since I'm a positive guy by nature, I'll begin with the good news: The hand-packout process for the highly anticipated juggernaut that is 2010-11 Dominion Hockey begins a week from tomorrow. (As an aside, we'll be there with video camera in hand documenting the process.) The bad news? The gallery that follows showcasing some of the sweetest, most-recent autograph arrivals for the product…

Panini Peek: 2011-12 Score Hockey

The best collecting bargain on ice is gearing up for its return to the hockey arena for a whole new season. 2011-12 Score Hockey will ship to the masses in late October packing a massive 500-card base set that includes Season and Playoff Highlights subsets, 45 Hot Rookies and a limited Hot Rookies SPs rookie subset that will feature players who make…

Panini America Begins Gradual Reveal of 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey SPs

Panini America officials on Friday morning began pulling the curtain back on the array of short-printed Rookie Ticket Autographed Rookie Cards that have kept collectors guessing since 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey released on May 18. Since releasing all of those Rookie Card SPs at once would kind of remove all the mystery, we've decided to leak them gradually over the next few weeks, starting…

You’ve Got Mail: A Daily Reminder of Panini America’s Incoming On-Card Brilliance

Rosalinda Rios' revelatory emails arrive every morning with uncanny precision, setting off the Microsoft Outlook notification chime that has become music to my ears. Like that first swig of lo-carb Monster energy drink, her electronic missives provide the perfect start to my every work day. Rios is something of a signature siren around these parts, the woman responsible for receiving and verifying each day's new arrivals. She then sends…
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