It’s been two long weeks since our last riveting edition of Panini America’s vaunted “Where Is It? Weekend,” and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to do it again and give Panini America collectors and avid readers of The Knight’s Lance another chance to win some sweet cards. But this time, we’ve made the hunt a little easier on the eyes and the prizes a little sweeter.
For this exciting installment of “Where Is It? Weekend,” we’ve hidden 10 smaller, perhaps-somewhat-manipulated versions of the Panini America knight helmet logo that appears at the top of this post — and we’re giving you until Sunday night to find them. Trust us when we tell you, this hunt will be a little easier than those we’ve done recently — and the payoff for participating includes a box of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey, six of the sweetest NT Hockey cards pulled during our recent Panini Unwrapped episode and five boxes of 2014 Certified Football. That’s 12 total prizes!
In an effort to keep collectors updated on the status of those Panini America redemption cards that are currently being processed, we’ll post a list every week, like the one included in the attachments below, detailing the most recent cards being fulfilled this week.
The following list is intended to inform collectors about which redemption cards from which products are being processed this week. We’ll update this list every Friday afternoon, so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.
Yesterday afternoon from the cozy confines of the front lobby at Panini America HQ, Chris Barr and Tracy Hackler sat down with a few boxes of the live-today juggernaut known as 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey for this special episode of Panini Unwrapped. In addition to exploring some of the manifold brilliance housed inside the glossy black boxes of the product, Barr and Hackler also offer some inside information on a few late-arriving autographs that narrowly missed packout but are available for immediate redemption (Sidney Crosby, anyone?).
The two also discuss the incomparable Don Cherry and his penchant for sending personal messages to players on their autograph boxes. Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance this weekend to discover how you can a box of 2013-14 National Treasures of your very own.
While the Immaculate Basketball brand will always be known as a haven for some of the most majestic NBA memorabilia cards created every year, that lofty reputation tends to obscure the fact that there are also some pretty epic on-card autograph inclusions in the product, too. This year, those include some striking gold-ink cards within the Scorer’s Club, Elite Scorer’s Club, The Greatest and Hall of Fame Heroes inserts.
As we continue our countdown to next Friday’s release of 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball, today we fix our focus on the gilded greatness of those aforementioned inserts and the legends who signed them. Below, you’ll find a quick gallery of some of the gold-ink highlights, including monster hits featuring the likes of Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and many more.
Late last week, while he was leading the San Francisco 49ers through the final stages of training camp in preparation for next Sunday’s 2014 NFL season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys, superstar quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the most of rare downtime by signing some of his Panini America trading cards. In the process, he unwittingly made many collectors’ days.
On the to-do list during last week’s signing: Redemption-card catch-ups for 2013 Crown Royale Football, 2013 National Treasures Football and 2013 Playbook Football. What’s more, Kaepernick also autographed his inclusions for the upcoming 2014 Flawless Football release.
If 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey truly is the final Panini America NHL trading card product you’ll ever see, I have but one thing to say: What a way to go. Following a steady, anticipation-building week of live Tweets from the Panini America production facility, we finally got a look at some of the first finished boxes of the product earlier this afternoon. We grabbed two at random for the express purpose of providing the following Teaser Gallery.
Based on the results of these two early boxes, 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey is not as good as the packout pics have shown. It’s better. Despite boxes that promise eight NHL trading cards, each of the two boxes we opened delivered 11. Of those 22 total cards, we uncovered two base cards, eight autographs, two autograph booklets, five memorabilia cards, four Printing Plate 1/1s and one Buried Treasure card.
It’s official: Packout has begun for Panini America’s 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball, only one of the most anticipated releases of the entire sports card year. Immaculate as a brand really needs no introduction, the result of an absolutely fascinating debut one year ago headlined by mammoth memorabilia cards featuring some of the most unique pieces of game- and player-worn history ever assembled and an impeccable design.
Those character-defining traits return in full force for 2013-14, along with rare on-card autographs from the likes of Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Manu Ginobili, Oscar Robertson and many more. We’ll tip off our captivating packout preview series with a look at just some of 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball’s larger-than-life memorabilia cards.