The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends (Part 1)

September 02, 2012

Perched quietly and patiently in the back there, perhaps disguised by the considerable buzz of recent Panini America sports releases such as 2012 Prime Hockey, 2012 Rookies & Stars Football and 2012-13 NBA Hoops Basketball, sits the upcoming 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, an eclectic, history-soaked tribute to Olympians, astronauts, presidents, Medal of Honor recipients and so much more.

Late Friday afternoon, Ben Ecklar, Panini America’s Director of Product Development, hand-delivered a revealing sleeve of hits from the recently completed quality-control process for 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends, a stunning compilation of tributes to the likes of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, past gold-medal-winners, American war heroes and the legendary Tuskegee Airmen.

We’ll have much more on this historic release in the coming days, including a gallery of Tuskegee Airmen cards and autographs and a look at the unique four cut-autograph cards featuring actual General stars from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Army uniform.

But for now, enjoy the first part our extensive QC gallery: