It’s hard to believe that almost an entire week has passed since Panini America Hockey Brand Manager Chris Barr captivated the collecting masses with another vaunted takeover of the Panini America Twitter account for last week’s must-see packout of 2013-14 Prime Hockey. If you’re like most of us inside Panini America HQ, you haven’t stopped drooling in the six days since — and for good reason.
Simply, Prime Hockey is one of the most patchtastic hockey products ever created every season, a perpetual bar-raiser full of shock and awe. For the grand-finale 2013-14 edition, that seems to be especially so. But before we show you more than 80 of the additional reasons why, a quick recap of the highlights from last week’s Twitter takeover.
Look, I know that 2013-14 Preferred Basketball released last week and that soon enough, the collective focus of basketball collectors will be fixed firmly on 2013-14 National Treasures Basketball, 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball and 2013-14 Flawless Basketball. But you’ll have to look long and hard throughout those four products to find a set as jaw-dropping attractive as the Rookie Jumbo Jerseys Gold insert in 2013-14 Spectra Basketball.
The 25-card chase provides a stunning amalgamation of Optichrome technology, rarity (the cards are numbered to 10), jumbo-prime pieces of player worn memorabilia, a young-superstar-littered checklist and fitting design. Add it all up and you’ve got one of the most impressive inserts of the entire 2013-14 collecting season. (My only complaint is a selfish one: North Texas standout Tony Mitchell didn’t make the checklist.)
Panini America officials are proud to announce that the company will once again conduct its Live Redemption Trade-Up program on location during next week’s 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.
The unique initiative will be conducted live at the Panini America booth and will afford those collectors in attendance holding multiple outstanding redemption cards FOUR MONTHS OR OLDER AND ALREADY PENDING IN THE PANINI AMERICA REDEMPTION SYSTEM the opportunity to trade them in for a card or cards of higher value.
You can learn a lot about an NFL rookie by giving him nothing more than a few colored Sharpies, 2 1/2 by 3 1/2-inch cardboard canvas, about five minutes and one simple two-word request: Draw something. What you’re likely to discover — as we have at Panini America over the last several years during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere — is that the resulting artwork is sometimes primitive, sometimes surprisingly good, never boring and always unique; as one-of-a-kind as the players who created it.
In years past, we’ve asked the rookies to draw whatever they wanted, which often meant paying artistic homage to their hobbies, their hopes, their hometowns or their heroes like only they can. But during the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere in late May, we gave them more pointed instructions to sketch either their new team logos or something that illustrates their path to the NFL.
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.
Panini America, the leading global publisher of sports and entertainment collectibles has announced its cover athletes for the Official 2014 Panini NFL Sticker & Album Collection. The Official 2014 Panini NFL Sticker & Album Collection features four of the NFL’s top veteran quarterbacks, Super Bowl-winning running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks and rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns. Lynch and Manziel join former Super Bowl MVPs Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints; Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts rounds out the cover.
Manziel’s appearance marks the first time in the five-year history of the Official NFL Sticker & Album Collection that a rookie has graced the cover.
Panini America officials created a feeding frenzy of sorts among hardcore baseball collectors earlier this season with a Mystery Rated Rookie Wrapper Trade-In program that earned 2014 Donruss Baseball fans three bonus Rated Rookies (Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu and Yordano Ventura) for a box worth of wrappers. Next week at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, the company is reprising the program — with a limited collectible National twist.
The first 50 collectors who bring and open a hobby box of 2014 Donruss Baseball to the Panini America booth during each day of the National will receive a three-card National Rated Rookie Wrapper Trade-In pack featuring the aforementioned three cards with a special “National” stamp.