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‘Where Is It? Weekend’ Returns with Shot at Classics Baseball, Crown Royale Football

November 23, 2014

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It’s baaaack. After almost a month away, Panini America’s vaunted “Where Is It? Weekend” scavenger hunt returns today as we prepare to give back to collectors and avid readers of the of The Knight’s Lance with another chance to win some sweet cards. This time we’re going to award 10 total prizes. Keep reading to find out how you can be a winner.

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 tomorrow night to find them. This time, the prize pool includes five boxes of 2014 Classics Baseball and five boxes of 2014 Crown Royale Football. That’s 10 total prizes.

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Teaser Gallery: Panini America Opens Three Boxes of 2014 Crown Royale Football Retail

November 22, 2014

Panini America 2014 Crown Royale Football Retail Teaser (1)

On Wednesday, just one day before Thanksgiving leads to the inevitable madness of Black Friday, Panini America’s 2014 Crown Royale Football hits hobby shops across North America. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: The retail version of the venerable, kingly release is already on its way to store shelves and, in fact, may already be live in some parts of the country. So to help properly prepare you for what to expect from the retail version, we’re about to take you pack by pack through three four-pack boxes.

Each retail box of 2014 Crown Royale Football delivers two autograph or memorabilia cards; the product also delivers some retail-exclusive parallel colors that add significant pop to the release. We’ll have additional coverage of 2014 Crown Royale in the coming days right here on The Knight’s Lance. But until then, check out the following Teaser Gallery that brings you up close to the retail experience . . .

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iCollectPanini.com Begins Online Portion of Panini America 2014 Black Friday Promo

November 22, 2014

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Just as we do every year, we’ve had many collectors ask how they can get involved in the Panini America Black Friday phenomenon if there are no participating brick-and-mortar hobby shops in their area. Well, just like we do every year, we’ve got you covered. Starting now and until supplies last, collectors who purchase selected products on iCollectPanini.com will receive the equivalent number of 2014 Black Friday packs with their order.

So you have two ways to participate: Visit one of the participating Panini Roundtable hobby shops (you can access the store list here: 2014 Black Friday Roundtable Stores) or visit iCollectPanini.com. You can get complete details on this year’s online component after the jump.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2014 Crown Royale Football (120 Pics)

November 21, 2014

Panini America 2014 Crown Royale Football QC (1)

One glimpse — at the uniquely die-cut base and insert cards or the still-stupendous-after-all-these-years Silhouettes — is usually all it takes for even the most casual collectors to know they’re looking at Crown Royale, one of the most venerable and distinctive products in the trading card industry. With that in mind, know that Panini America officials have introduced a few new regal twists to next Wednesday’s release of 2014 Crown Royale Football to accompany the aforementioned brand staples.

Perhaps most noteworthy to longtime fans of Crown Royale is the completely renovated Rookie Signatures insert that takes its lead from the Silhouettes concept by backing player die-cuts with various types of foil. The effects, as you’ll see in the gallery below, are quite cool.

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Signs of Black Friday: Panini America Peeks the Autograph Excellence of 2014 Set

November 21, 2014

Panini America 2014 Black Friday Autographs (16)

Here we are, less than one full week from the biggest shopping day of the year and signs of Black Friday are all around us — on television commercials, website banner ads, radio spots, print ads and seemingly everywhere else that might attract a set of eyeballs, a set of ears or a flurry of mouse-button clicks. But nowhere are the signs of Black Friday more exciting than in the gallery below. Actually, make that the signatures of Black Friday.

Indeed, if you thought our gallery from two weeks ago previewing just some of the autographs randomly inserted into the 2014 Panini America Black Friday set was all we had in store this year, well, think again. In the gallery that follows, we showcase a more comprehensive gallery of the autograph gems punctuating Panini America’s magical black-foiled Black Friday packs.

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San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland Earns Week 11 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Nod

November 21, 2014

2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Week 11 Borland Winner

Voters on NFL.com have made their choice. Linebacker Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers is the Week 11 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week, the NFL announced today. Borland recorded 12 tackles, two interceptions and three passes defensed in the 49ers’ 16-10 win over the New York Giants.

Borland was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com. The other Week 11 finalists included Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason, Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue and Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill.

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Ovechkin, Faulk, King Felix, More

November 21, 2014

November 21 Redemption Main

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.

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