Panini America officials created a feeding frenzy of sorts among hardcore baseball collectors earlier this season with a Mystery Rated Rookie Wrapper Trade-In program that earned 2014 Donruss Baseball fans three bonus Rated Rookies (Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu and Yordano Ventura) for a box worth of wrappers. Next week at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, the company is reprising the program — with a limited collectible National twist.
The first 50 collectors who bring and open a hobby box of 2014 Donruss Baseball to the Panini America booth during each day of the National will receive a three-card National Rated Rookie Wrapper Trade-In pack featuring the aforementioned three cards with a special “National” stamp.
SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s massive 2014 Comic-Con International opened its doors to the general public today after a scintillating sneak peek Wednesday night, and show-goers who stopped by the Panini America booth were treated to a little bit of anime history: The first Promo Card teasing the upcoming release of the 2014 Dragon Ball Z Card Game, the first release of the popular game in almost 10 years.
Panini America is distributing one new 2014 Dragon Ball Z Promo Card during each day of the show (while supplies last); the fifth card in the Promo Set will be available at the FUNimation booth. Fans can also purchase a new Dragon Ball Z playmat at the Panini America booth.
Panini America, the leading global publisher of licensed sports and entertainment collectibles, announced today that it is bringing the popular Dragon Ball Z card game back to the market for the first time since 2004.
The 2014 edition features more than 200 new cards, reprints of past fan favorites and is completely compatible with the original series. The new game was developed by Panini America Brand Manager Aik Tongtharadol, a former Dragon Ball Z world champion who also worked on the original Dragon Ball Z Trading Card Game, most recently in 2004. Company officials will preview and demo the game to the public for the first time this week during the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego; company officials also will distribute one free 2014 Dragon Ball Z Promo card each day of the show (Thursday through Sunday) while supplies last.
There are no autographs in 2014 Donruss Elite Football’s Elite Series insert. No patchtastic pieces of memorabilia, either. In fact, you won’t find much in the way of super-premium add-ons in Elite Series. What you will find — overwhelmingly so — is . . . an impeccable design . . . captivating photography . . . and a reverent use of foil; throwback nuances one and all that help Elite Series shine as a stunning 20-card showcase valuing aesthetics and composition above all else.
The result is an attention-commanding attraction in 2014 Elite Football that demands a closer look. Elite Series is artfully served by the extra real estate provided on a full 2 /12 by 3 1/2-inch canvas uncluttered by autographs, memorabilia or both. That’s a point not lost on Panini America Art Director Bradley Kollath, the man tasked with designing the Elite Series insert.
When it comes to Panini America’s presence at next week’s 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, you’ve heard things, you’ve read things, you’ve seen things and you’ve suspected things over the last several weeks. But for the record, this post will serve as your definitive guide to everything Panini America has planned for one of its biggest weeks of the year.
From wrapper-redemption details to the exclusive Panini VIP Party to special Tools of the Trade Basketball and Donruss Rated Rookie Baseball promotions and seemingly everything in between, keep reading to find out every last detail you need to know to be ready when the I-X Center opens its doors to collectors from around the country next Wednesday at 4 p.m. Be sure to check back with The Knight’s Lance and follow along on Twitter using the hash tag #PaniniNSCC for updates and additional information.
Rookie rivalries. Sibling rivalries. Conference rivalries. NBA Finals rivalries. Dynasties. Decades. Nasty jumbo patches of game-worn memorabilia. Unique 360-degree photography. Clearly, there’s a lot you can showcase in booklet-card format that might not translate quite the same on a standard 2 1/12 by 3 1/2-inch trading card format.
That’s certainly been the case with Panini America’s Preferred Basketball. The product’s recipe of offering one booklet card in every four-card box generated some of the coolest, display-worthy trading card works of art in the sports card industry in recent years. That trend promises to continue when 2013-14 Preferred Basketball officially releases tomorrow.
By this time tomorrow, collectors across North America will have started cracking the first boxes of 2014 Elite Football, discovering a wealthy share of the iconic chases that have come to define the brand over the last 15 years or so. Long-adored inserts such as Throwback Threads, Passing the Torch Autographs, Aspirations, Status and Turn of the Century parallels remain viable pursuits all these years later.
But 2014 Elite Football also is bolstered by the inclusion of more-recent additions like the laser-cut Profiles and Plexiglas Clarity inserts and the spindle-mounted Down & Distance memorabilia cards. Each box of 2014 Elite Football delivers two autographs, two memorabilia cards and three numbered Rookie Cards on average.