Classic Repost: Sound Proof that Panini America’s National Treasures Remains the Hardest-Rocking Product Ever

Post originally published April 12, 2011. Heavy-metal maestro Marcus Henderson has opened countless packs of trading cards in his 38 years on this planet. As of early March, though, he‚Äôd never once cracked the seal on a sexily-scented wooden box of Panini National Treasures. Naturally, I thought of Henderson almost immediately when The Knight‚Äôs Lance reader Amarin Cogburn first shared his gift of…

Panini America On Location: Packout Begins for 2011 Absolute Memorabilia Football

"Rocket." It's the¬†term we use¬†inside Panini America headquarters for a product that¬†is¬†poised for an explosive ascent on the secondary market and in customer appreciation. Friday morning at the Panini America printing facility,¬†I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with¬†such a rocket. Indeed, 2011 Absolute Memorabilia Football is¬†poised for takeoff. (more…)

The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011 Timeless Treasures Football

Our dynamic football duo of Carlos Torrez and Aik¬†Tongtharadol¬†set up shop yesterday morning at the Panini America¬†printing facility to oversee the packout process for 2011 Timeless Treasures Football. ¬† The higher-end product with a proud heritage in both baseball and basketball will make its NFL debut later this month¬†in trademark tin¬†boxes packing such unique¬†inclusions as Changing Stripes,¬†game- or¬†season-specific memorabilia inserts…

The Quality Control Gallery: 44 Must-See Images from 2011 Panini Threads Football

While I was still trying to come to grips with the fact that it was Monday morning all over again, Panini America NFL Brand Manager Carlos Torrez earlier today was across town at our printing facility¬†carefully scrutinizing the first few 2011 Panini Threads Football cases rolling off the line. Thankfully, Torrez¬†procured¬†a vast assortment of hits from those first two cases…

Drool Gallery: The Panini America Box War Prizes for the 2011 National Convention

While the collecting world awaits tomorrow's Sneak Peek extravaganza at the 32nd National Sports Collectors Convention, the Panini America marketing team -- but especially Scott Prusha -- is hard at work feverishly buttoning up our grand plans for the industry's marquee event. Earlier today, Prusha handed me a handsome, just-embossed batch of 1/1¬†autograph and memorabilia cards,¬†a show-stopping assortment of prizes…

Video: Sam Bradford, Dustin Keller Anchor Panini America’s Football Card Roundtable

Late last month at the W Hotel in Times Square,¬†Panini America participated in the second annual NFL PLAYERS Rookie Debut, a¬†star-studded event featuring some¬†of the top 2011 NFL Rookies and a¬†few¬†headlining veteran supertars. While the Debut¬†proved invaluable on a number of fronts (not the least of which was acquiring a limited number of autographs for the innovative Rookie Debut Patches…

Packaging Preview: 2011 Prestige Football

I plopped down at the FedEx machine earlier this afternoon to send out a few packages. Luckily for me, the FedEx machine is situated directly in front of the desk belonging to Panini America Production Manager Jeremy Johnson. Johnson, always¬†on the lookout for collector-friendly¬†Knight's Lance¬†content, just so happened to have in his possession final samples of the¬†overwrap and box configurations…

Panini America on Location: Sights, Sounds from the 2011 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Debut

NEW YORK -- Panini America officials spent a wild, restless and rookie filled weekend¬†in New York¬† City as a major sponsor of the second annual NFL PLAYERS Rookie Debut in conjunction with the 2011 NFL Draft. The company spent quality time with several of this weekend's highly touted draft picks, including Blaine Gabbert, Von Miller, Julio Jones and Mark Ingram…

Panini America Insert Set Inspection: 2011 Prestige Football’s 40-Card Rookie Review

The¬†2011 NFL Draft kicks off¬†April 28, which means we're now less than two weeks from welcoming a new rookie class -- and unlimited¬†potential -- to the¬†wonderful world of football cards. Of course, the impending player-selection process¬†also triggers the official countdown to the release of the first fully licensed 2011 NFL trading card set: 2011 Prestige Football, which hits streets May…

Two Hendersons, One National Treasures & the Greatest Finish in Video-Break History

Loyal readers of The Knight's Lance will no doubt remember yesterday's post about rock guitarist Marcus Henderson riffing out the National Anthem on an amplifier cleverly constructed from an empty 2009 National Treasures Football box¬†by reader Amarin¬†Cogburn. Well, today --¬†as promised --¬†we bring you the can't-miss¬†conclusion to the story. And it has to be seen to be believed. (more…)
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