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Feeling the Blues: Panini America Previews More 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Prizm

April 16, 2014

Panini America 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm Blues (1)

When a normally innocuous florescent office light bounces just right off a brilliant-blue uncut sheet of cards graced with Panini America’s Prizm technology, well, it can be quite the arresting development. It certainly was yesterday, when I discovered yet another new arrival teasing the impending greatness of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Prizm set.

The product begins packing out later this week and in advance of that, we’ve shown you plenty of uncut-sheet previews of the World Cup set in the last week or so. But today we deliver your first glimpses of the striking Guardians, Net Finders and World Cup Stars inserts in their stunning Blue Prizm parallel form.

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Preferential Peek: Panini America Previews 2013-14 Preferred Basketball Silhouettes

April 15, 2014

Panini America 2013-14 Preferred Basketball Silhouettes Pre-Ink (38)

A lot has changed for Panini America’s now-legendary Silhouettes subset since it burst onto the collecting scene with a stunning, starring turn as the Rookie Die Cut Material Autographs insert in 2010 Crown Royale Football. The instant-classic design was majestic in its presentation and raised the bar in terms of just how beautiful autographed memorabilia cards could be.

In the years since, the name “Silhouettes” has become synonymous with the most attractive trading cards in the sports collecting universe. Panini America features Silhouettes across all four major sports and they’re as striking on Rookie Cards as they are on cards of current superstars and retired legends. And it is with that premise that we present this spectacular first look at some of 2013-14 Preferred Basketball’s landmark Silhouettes. Read more…

Rare Japanese Versions of Masahiro Tanaka 2014 Donruss Rated Rookie Cards Surface

April 14, 2014

Panini America 2014 Donruss Baseball Tanaka Japanese (1)

Collectors keeping a close eye on Panini America’s 2014 Donruss Baseball Rated Rookie Trade-In promotion have no doubt discovered that the cards have finally started arriving into the hands of waiting collectors. And collectors likely have also noticed a previously unannounced surprise hiding in some of those three-card silver packs: An extremely rare Japanese version of Masahiro Tanaka’s card that sent the Twitterverse buzzing when the first one surfaced last Friday.

In the few days since, just three copies of Tanaka’s Japanese-version card have surfaced, including one that featured a staggering Buy It Now price of $799.95. Currently, there are three versions of the card live on eBay ranging in list price from $349.65 or Best Offer to $299.99 or Best Offer.

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Pennsylvania Collector Wins Grand Prize in 2013 Panini NFL Player of the Day Promo

April 14, 2014

2014 POD Aaron Kellington

Aaron Kellington, a passionate trading card collector from the Pittsburgh suburb of Washington, Pa., turned one lucky pack of officially licensed Panini America NFL trading cards into the opportunity of a lifetime in the 2013 Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion — the chance to spend the day with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown later this month.

On Sunday, April 27, Brown will attend a private party at the Kellington home where he will share stories from his young career, toss around a football with neighborhood kids, sign autographs and pose for photos with party guests. Following the party, Brown, Kellington and crew will ride by limousine to Sports Cards Etc., Kellington’s local hobby shop in McKees Rocks, Pa. Once there, the entire community will join in as winners when the Steelers’ star spends an hour signing free autographs and posing for photos. While Brown signs autographs for the rest of the community, Kellington will enjoy a $250 Panini America shopping spree at the shop.

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Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2013-14 Signatures Basketball (Gallery)

April 13, 2014

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It would be no understatement to call last year’s debut edition of Signatures Basketball one of the sleeper products of the entire 2012-13 NBA product season. Last year’s late-season surprise didn’t have the hype of Panini America’s other new-addition headliners such as Flawless or Immaculate. But what 2012-13 Signatures Basketball lacked in pre-release buzz, it more than made up for with some great designs, the collector-favorite Film Autographs insert and some of the rarest chase cards of the year.

For the highly anticipated 2013-14 Signatures Basketball, Panini America officials have embraced all of those driving forces from last year’s debut; but they’ve also added a few new twists and completely overhauled the packaging configuration. The result is a familiar-feeling Signatures that packs the potential to deliver in a big way.

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Kyrie, Peyton, Brees and More

April 12, 2014

April 11 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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Panini America’s Latest Kobe Signing Offers Previews of 2013-14 Intrigue, Crusade

April 11, 2014

Panini America Kobe Bryant March 2014 Signing (15)

Late last month, Panini Authentic’s Brian Bayne sat down with Panini America’s own Kobe Bryant for a comprehensive signing session that included several new pieces of memorabilia for Panini Authentic and some upcoming cardboard cornerstones slated for inclusion in 2013-14 Intrigue Basketball and 2013-14 Crusade Basketball. Bryant also penned his powerful penmanship on a few outstanding redemption cards during the autograph session, too.

In the gallery that follows, we bring you up close and personal with some bona fide Bryant beasts sure to be making box-breaking headlines when Intrigue and Crusade release in late April and early May, respectively. Enjoy the preview and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued pre-release coverage of Intrigue, Crusade and all Panini America NBA releases.

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