Leave it to iconic New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter to make history — again. For the first time ever, one of the most beloved players in the storied history of pinstripes will have autographs in Panini America products beginning with the release of 2014 Classics Baseball on November 19. The autographs, buy-backs of original Donruss-branded cards dating back to 1999, were completed in a signing conducted with and authenticated by Steiner Sports.
The first cards — an extremely limited number of hard-signed original buy-backs from 2001 Classics Baseball and 2002 Classics Baseball — will be randomly inserted into 2014 Classics Baseball. Other buy-backs — including original cards from Studio, Certified, Diamond Kings, Limited, Absolute and more — will follow in 2015.
I’ll be the first to admit it: We’re a little late with this particular episode of Panini Unwrapped. OK, we’re a lot late with this particular episode of Panini Unwrapped. But when you’re talking about a product as timeless and as legendary as Panini America’s 2014 75th Anniversary Hall of Fame Baseball, well, it’s never too late. So I grabbed Panini America Baseball Brand Manager Wes Elliott and several boxes of the product earlier this week for a quick video break.
Here’s hoping you get the chance to know 2014 75th Anniversary Hall of Fame Baseball a little better in this better-late-than-never episode of Panini Unwrapped. After the video, be sure to stick around to find out how you can win one of five boxes of the product yourself. Enjoy.
There’s a special bond between country music stars and their biggest fans that perhaps runs a little deeper than most. Country music devotees crave their favorite artists. They cheer the harmonies, hard-charging lyrics and twangy deliveries every time they blare from the radio or a pair of ear buds. Appearances on awards shows or the late-night talk-show circuit are must-watch material. Country music devotees ensure sold-out concerts, download new music the day it hits iTunes and know every word of every song by heart.
About the only thing they don’t do is collect their favorite stars’ trading cards, if only because there have traditionally been precious few cards to collect. But that changes in a huge, historic way in early December when Panini America delivers 2014 Country Music, a star-studded, standalone trading set that honors the biggest names in country music — and the unbridled passion and loyalty of the fans that love them.
There’s a palpable anticipation meandering through the sports collecting universe right about now. Indeed, while football collectors across North America are still steadfastly immersed in the madness that is 2014 Playbook Football, many others are anxiously anticipating the Panini America product that releases next: 2014 Flawless Football. After months of buildup and scene-stealing preview galleries, Flawless release week has arrived.
The product arrives Friday in its trademark metal briefcases and promises to deliver the most super-premium collecting experiences the football industry has ever seen. We’ve done our best to bring you as close as possible to 2014 Flawless Football through a series of must-see teasers right here on The Knight’s Lance. Today, we’re bringing you one final pre-release preview of the many bona fide treasures inserted into the product.
We love NFL rookies at Panini America. We love interacting with them at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere every summer. We love the fact that with their potential and their performances, they drive sales of every NFL product we make every year. But you want to know who loves NFL rookies as much as we do? Pepsi and football collectors.
Indeed, the folks at Pepsi get just as excited we all do about NFL Rookie performances each week during the season. And that’s exactly why once again this season, for the fourth straight year, Panini America and Pepsi have joined forces to help promote Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week voting and Panini America NFL Rookie Cards.
After just a few days on the market, it’s safe to say that Panini America’s reconfigured 2014 Playbook Football has been a big hit for thrill-seeking collectors feasting on some of the most unique single cards that will be uncovered all season. The one-booklet-per-two-card-pack format has provided an adrenalin rush for those opening the product — and for those watching it being opened.
From the filthy-fabulous return of Down & Dirty Booklets to the simply sublime Game of Inches Booklets, there’s a definitive head-turning quality to 2014 Playbook Football that simply can’t be denied. Below, we provide a must-see episode of Panini Unwrapped starring four boxes of the product and a gallery of some of the most unique hits that have surfaced — either in online breaks, on eBay or during packout. Be sure to watch the Unwrapped episode all the way through for details on a contest that will win five lucky collectors their very own box of 2014 Playbook Football.
It’s not every day that you get to spend some quality time with the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Clearly, last Thursday was no ordinary day. I jumped at the chance to accompany Panini America Football Acquisitions Manager Joe White on a quick trip to Emmitt Smith’s business office so that the Dallas Cowboys legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer could lend his indelible penmanship to some cornerstone cards coming to 2014 Flawless Football.
The first thing you notice about Smith, even now, is the trademark rock studding his left ear. The next thing you notice is that he still looks like he could play for the Cowboys — as soon as tonight. These days, though, the man with 18,355 rushing yards and 175 total touchdowns is devoting his considerable talents to the commercial real estate arena. During Thursday’s conversation-heavy two-hour signing session, Smith discussed the impressive 2014 edition of the Dallas Cowboys and the major role consistent excellence played in his decorated career.