It’s been almost a month since our last episode 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. This time we’re celebrating Halloween with a little trick-or-treat hide-and-seek — with 10 winners taking home Panini America treats and absolutely zero tricks.
For this exciting installment of “Where Is It? Weekend,” we’ve hidden three 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 Monday night to find them. This time, the prize pool includes five boxes of 2014 Limited Football and five boxes of 2014 Playbook Football. That’s 10 total prizes.
Voters on NFL.com have made their choice (again). Wide receiver Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills is the Week 8 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week , making it the second week in a row and third time this year, the NFL announced today. Watkins had three catches for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown, in the Bills’ 43-23 win over the New York Jets.
The time for teasers is over. Seemingly everything that can be previewed has been. In less than 24 hours, Panini America’s 2014 Flawless Football, one of the most super-premium — and super-anticipated — products in football card history will arrive in hobby shops across North America in silver-metal briefcases packing 10 cards, tangible excitement and some simply hair-raising, goose-bump-inducing pulls.
Panini America’s Football Product Development team put the finishing touches on the packout process for the product late last week; but before they did, I managed to grab six random briefcases as they were awaiting their place in line at the shrink-wrapper. The following gallery takes you card by card through a bit of the Flawless experience. Enjoy the thrill ride and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage.
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.