The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2013 USA Baseball Champions (Part 1)

How spectacular do we think the upcoming 2013 USA Baseball Champions set is? So much so that we're breaking the Panini America Quality Control Gallery for the product into two parts: Today's Part 1 places the spotlight squarely on the set's captivating base, parallel and insert cards. Tomorrow, we'll bring you a glorious exploration of the set's rich autograph and…

Pitch Man: Panini America’s Exclusive Chat with Nationals Star Stephen Strasburg

Late last month, just one day after Panini America announced that it had inked Washington Nationals superstar Stephen Strasburg to an exclusive autographed trading card deal, Tone Stakes was in Florida conducting the company's first signing with the pitching sensation. Strasburg's first order of business that day was signing his premiere Panini America autographs for 2012 Prizm Baseball. His second…

Panini Peek: 2013 USA Baseball Champions

In late May, Panini America officials intend to ignite the patriotic passions of USA Baseball collectors all over the country with the company's first pack product devoted to its exclusive license: 2013 USA Baseball Champions. Set to release May 29, the hobby version of the product will deliver two autographs, three memorabilia cards, three Mirror parallels, one USA Baseball Legends…

Different By Design: Panini America Peeks 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball (Gallery)

High-end baseball collectors, know this: The 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball product that is slated to arrive in late October should not be confused with the 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball product that released in April. This new installment has been revamped, redesigned and re-engineered. The result, as the product solicitation sheet boldly proclaims, is a "prospect-free set comprised entirely of Hall…

We’ve Got Mail: Check Out Panini America’s August 15 Autograph Arrivals (28 Images)

Another day at Panini America HQ, another ink-graced batch of brilliance. Indeed, checking out the daily influx of autographs for any number of Panini America's in-progress products is something of an every-day "event" for me. The anticipation of just who will appear on those ritualistic notification emails -- typically broken down by sport -- is most often the highlight of…

Unannounced USA Baseball Content Leads to Surprise Pulls in 2011 Limited Baseball

Premature product breakers in Taiwan on Tuesday night discovered something that many American collectors will find out for themselves firsthand today: 2011 Limited Baseball includes unannounced bonus content sure to receive a standing ovation from the passionate prospecting community. Taking expeditious advantage of its new exclusive agreement with USA Baseball, Panini America officials worked behind the scenes with USA Baseball…

USA Baseball COO David Perkins Addresses New Agreement with Panini America

[caption id="attachment_20963" align="aligncenter" width="509" caption="Panini America CEO Mark Warsop and USA Baseball COO David Perkins."][/caption] LAS VEGAS -- During his company's corporate address to more than 200 retailers on Monday at the 2012 Industry Summit, Panini America CEO Mark Warsop dropped something of a bombshell by announcing Panini America's new exclusive licensing agreement with USA Baseball. And not long after…

BREAKING: Panini America Inks Exclusive Licensing Agreement with USA Baseball

LAS VEGAS -- Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has reached an exclusive multi-year trading card agreement with USA Baseball beginning with the 2012 season. The deal makes Panini America the Official Baseball Card of USA Baseball and grants Panini America exclusive trading card category rights to all USA Baseball marks as…
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