Week 16 Sunday of the 2014 NFL season will kickoff later today and across the league, superstar rookies will play pivotal roles in big games — just as they have all season. Long before the 2014 NFL Draft even took place last May, football experts, fans and collectors held high hopes for the potential of such a stacked rookie class. All this group of young playmakers has done seemingly every week since is blow those expectations out of the water while blowing everyone watching away.
Collectively, the 2014 NFL rookie class has been every bit as impressive in the trading card arena, with the likes of Odell Beckham, Jr., Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, Teddy Bridgewater and more raising their respective Rookie Card values higher with every hair-raising performance. So as we sit here on the cusp of another Sunday showcase, we also anxiously await the hobby release of Panini America’s 2014 Contenders Football and its landmark Rookie Tickets autographed RCs.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
It’s the hap-happiest season of all.
iCollectPanini.com, the official online store of Panini America, is getting into the holiday spirit in a huge “Ho, Ho, Ho!” kind of way with its “13 Days of Christmas Specials” initiative that will provide 13 unique, one-day offers between now and December 20.
Each special offer will be available for 24 hours only (or while supplies last). Today, on the final day of the promotion, collectors can save 25 percent on a 2014 Football Bundle that includes 2014 Prestige Football, 2014 Prizm Football and 2014 Rookies & Stars Football.
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.
Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Wide Receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. of the New York Giants is the Week 15 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, the NFL announced today. Beckham caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in the Giants’ 24-13 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Beckham was selected from five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com. The other Week 15 finalists included Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro, Kansas City Chiefs running back De’Anthony Thomas and Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.
While our Canadian neighbors are no doubt counting down the days until next Friday’s Boxing Day, it’s a safe bet that our collecting comrades north of the border are more eagerly anticipating Panini America’s 2014 Boxing Day promotion than they are Canada’s biggest shopping day of the year.
Panini America’s second annual Boxing Day promotion is shaping up quite nicely and participating Panini Roundtable stores in Canada should be receiving their Boxing Day packs in time to begin the promotion in earnest early next week. Today, our unadulterated 2014 Boxing Day preview continues unabated with a revealing look at some of the set’s majestic “checkerboard” memorabilia inclusions.
After a few seasons away from the court, Panini America’s iconic Donruss brand is returning to the NBA in February with a robust 2014-15 edition steeped in hobby nostalgia and equipped with sublime throwback elements that should resonate with the basketball-collecting masses.
Every hobby box of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) will deliver three autograph or memorabilia cards, 24 Metalized cards, 48 inserts and three parallels. The highlights of this triumphant return are many, and they’re detailed after the jump.