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Parting Pics: Additional Scenes from Panini America’s Fantastic Voyage to Italy

October 25, 2011

A road-worn, weary and tattered team of Panini America employees is slowly making its way back to the office this morning following a furious — and once-in-a-lifetime — five-day excursion to Italy for a company meeting in honor of Panini’s 50th anniversary.

We descended upon Panini’s homeland with members from the company’s 13 other global subsidiaries, including Russia, Brazil, France, the United Kingdom, Chile, Mexico, Turkey and Switzerland. We toured the home-base production facility in Modena, Italy, last Thursday and then spent three days in Venice soaking up that city’s enchanting splendor (and eating the greatest pizza on the planet).

We took lots of pictures, too. Of the production facility . . . of a most uplifting gala held Saturday night that featured a patriotic theme and impassioned speeches from the leaders of all 14 subsidiaries . . . of just some of the sights afforded by a daylong stroll around Venice.

Share some of our sights with us in the gallery below and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage in the days ahead.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2011 11:00 am

    Holy cow Panini makes The Simpsons comics?!? I have loved those for years! Just visited my parents a couple of weekends ago and found my old stack of Simpsons comics…fantastic stuff. Didn’t even know they still made those :-)

    Welcome back, Panini! Glad to see you had a memorable time.

  2. October 25, 2011 11:49 am

    Some pretty cool pics there!

  3. Matthew Gilman permalink
    October 25, 2011 12:25 pm

    Sweet pics!! This is the only chance I will ever see Italy.

  4. October 25, 2011 1:43 pm

    Are they into cards over there or is it all stickers?

    • October 25, 2011 2:44 pm

      Mostly stickers, but there are some card fans over there for sure. Soccer, of course.

      • October 25, 2011 5:43 pm

        Are they into relics and autos to the same degree as US collectors?

      • October 25, 2011 5:49 pm

        They don’t seem to be. Probably just not nearly as ingrained into their collecting culture as they are here in the states. They absolutely appreciate those things, they’re just not as much a part of the collecting “experience.”

  5. Sports Card Blog permalink
    October 26, 2011 3:26 am

    Those Simpsons comics are awesome. But that Ronald McDonald looking head is quite disturbing lol.

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