December promises to be a pivotal month for Panini America’s 2013 NFL season, what with 2013 Select Football and 2013 Contenders Football set to arrive on December 18 and December 26, respectively. But even as company officials steadfastly prepare for the products that are hitting this month, they’re also focused on preparing for the products that follow in January and February (such as 2013 Black Football and 2013 Crown Royale Football).
We showcased a pre-autograph gallery of 2013 Black Football late last month right here on The Knight’s Lance. It’s worth noting that in the weeks since that preview, many players have already returned their autographed cards back to Panini America HQ. Today, as the NFL prepares to kickoff Week 14, we shift our pre-ink gaze upon 2013 Crown Royale Football.
Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Tight end Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles is the Week 13 2013 Pepsi NEXT NFL Rookie of the Week for games played November 28-December 2 the NFL announced today. Ertz tallied five receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 24-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Allen was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com. The other finalists for Week 13 were defensive end Ezekiel Ansah of the Detroit Lions, running back Montee Ball of the Denver Broncos, running back Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers and safety Johnathan Cyprien of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It’s no secret that Philadelphia 76ers red-hot rookie Michael Carter-Williams has spent the first month of his career on a historical tear, helping drive sales of Panini America’s officially licensed NBA trading cards with one impressive feat after another, including his history-making triple-double duel Tuesday night with fellow rookie Victor Oladipo.
But these days, even Carter-Williams’ impressive actions off the court are the subject of mainstream headlines, like the story from earlier this week about the steps Carter-Williams is taking — with the strong support of his family — to ensure financial stability. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey wrote a captivating profile on the making of Carter-Williams, a worth-the-read piece that sheds considerable insight into how he blossomed into one of the most promising young talents in the league.
Thanks to either last week’s absolutely filthy preview gallery right here on The Knight’s Lance or happy Tweets from anxious collectors, you’ve probably heard by now that the great Tom Brady recently signed every last one of his outstanding Panini America autographs. The serendipitous signatures arrived at Panini America HQ just before Thanksgiving. Less than a week later, they started appearing in collectors’ hands.
As a result, Tom Terrific is a major player on this week’s Panini America Redemption Card Update. He’s joined on the list by fellow headline-generating superstar — and former teammate — Tim Tebow and others.
A wicked winter storm wreaked its wrath on the Dallas/Forth Worth metroplex last night and well into this morning, creating an extra day off of school for virtually every student within 200 miles — and a work-from-home day for most of us at Panini America. But a sub-freezing climate outside is absolutely no match for the heat we’re about to generate right here on The Knight’s Lance with another epic “Find It! Friday” contest.
We’ve delivered a wealthy share of must-see preview galleries this week and they will serve as your visual playground for this edition of “Find It! Friday” as we continue the Panini America tradition of giving back to our loyal collectors. Up for grabs this time: Boxes of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures Basketball and 2013 Absolute Football for five lucky winners.
Thanks to a dedicated effort from just about everyone inside Panini America HQ (Product Development, Acquisitions, Production) and the cooperative spirit of baseball legends and newcomers alike outside these walls, the book on Panini America’s 2013 America’s Pastime Baseball is in the final stages of being written. And from what we’ve seen so far, it has the makings of a bona fide best-seller.
Seemingly every new autograph that arrives (including some of the coolest dual-signed, vertically oriented booklets you’ve ever seen) is greeted by heartfelt “oohs” and “aahs,” the result of impeccable penmanship from an absolutely stacked checklist of baseball royalty. To be sure, the in-progress product has come a long way in the two short weeks since we brought you the first pre-ink peek. As a result, we felt compelled to give you a stunning visual update.
Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has signed Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel to an exclusive autograph and memorabilia agreement through its Panini Authentic division.
Manuel is the second NFL player – the company signed Andrew Luck in 2012 – to join Panini Authentic’s exclusive roster of athletes that also includes NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin. Manuel’s autographed memorabilia – including signed helmets, jerseys and photographs – will be available exclusively on the Panini Authentic Website in advance of the holidays.