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Coming Soon: Panini America Peeks Albert Pujols’ First Los Angeles Baseball Cards

December 8, 2011

One of the biggest free-agent baseball signings in recent history — and perhaps of all time — took place earlier this morning when former St. Louis superstar Albert Pujols signed a massive 10-year, $254 million contract with Los Angeles. The signing sent shock waves throughout the sports world and will be just as huge in the sports card world as well.

As a result, Panini America responded quickly to the move, nearly stopping the presses to update the planned and already-in-production Pujols trading cards for its first two MLBPA-licensed products — 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition and 2011 Playoff Contenders — to reflect Pujols’ new workplace.

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, which ships later this month, will include updated Pujols base cards as well as parallels numbered to 200, 100, 25 and 1, respectively. 2011 Playoff Contenders will follow closely on the heels of Donruss Elite Extra Edition with base cards, a 1/1 Season Tickets Championship Tickets card and Artist’s Proof (numbered to 49) and First Day Printer’s Proof (numbered to 10) parallels.

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for more details on that release.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2011 2:25 pm

    I can’t believe he left the World Series Winning team for a crappy team that won’t even make the playoffs, just to get a couple extra bucks.

    • December 8, 2011 2:53 pm

      It was a little more than a few extra bucks.

      • December 8, 2011 3:50 pm

        When you are making this much, I don’t think 22.2 million on the World Series Champs should differ too much from 25 million on an average team. Just saying.

      • December 8, 2011 7:34 pm

        Would you hand back 2.5 million?

      • December 9, 2011 3:39 pm

        To play on a winning team, yes, everyday I would take that deal. Now if it were between like the Marlins and Cards, I wouldn’t hand back that much to play for the Cards. I heard the only reason he didn’t sign with the Marlins is that they wouldn’t include a no-trade clause, silly if you ask me.

  2. December 8, 2011 2:50 pm

    How about a card of Pujols sitting on his hige pile of cash.;)

  3. Matt Gilman permalink
    December 8, 2011 3:03 pm

    Its a sad day to see one of my favorite baseball players (even though I am a yankees fan) sign somewhere instead of his hometown just for the money. I am sure that Tony Larusa retirement might have affected this and teh fact that STL didn’t offer him enough in the offseason last year and waited to long to make their big offer.

    Anyways, great stuff Panini! Awesome that you guys will be the first to have him with the word Los Angeles next to it. Love the prospect of all of the parallels. Is he signing for you in the future?

    • December 8, 2011 3:15 pm

      We sure hope so.

      • Matt Gilman permalink
        December 8, 2011 4:06 pm

        Awesome!! That would be a great addition to any autograph lineup

  4. December 8, 2011 3:35 pm

    Horrible looking cards. Yea, I want a card of my favorite star in a red hanes tshirt. Either get an MLB license or just stop making baseball cards.

  5. December 8, 2011 3:58 pm

    I appreciate the baseball cards Panini is offering up. Tracy is right – they aren’t for everyone. I though can’t wait to get my hands on them!

    P.S. – A MLB license would be nice. I can’t wait for Topps’ monopoly to expire.

  6. Tom permalink
    December 8, 2011 4:07 pm

    “First Los Angeles Baseball Cards”
    You took out “St Louis” and put in “Los Angeles”…..good thing both teams wear red so you guys didn’t have to photoshop a blue shirt….or God forbid……. pinstripes! Honestly the article is a joke. I don’t have a problem overall with Panini, but this is kind of dumb.

    • December 8, 2011 4:41 pm

      In the interest of full disclosure, we actually changed the color red to match the Los Angeles red.

  7. Nick Gauder permalink
    December 8, 2011 5:29 pm

    NIce job Panini! I really hope you guys can get him to sign for you guys! Hey Tracy, i just got me my FIRST two boxes of Gold Standard Football and many more to come! I havent opened them yet because im trying to wait until i help the kids get their homework done and eat supper but i will definetly let you know how i do. Wish me luck! C’mon Aaron Rodgers diamond auto!!!

  8. December 9, 2011 1:54 pm

    Is a checklist available for Extra Edition?

  9. December 9, 2011 1:55 pm

    Or for Contenders Baseball? Thanks for your help

  10. deloreanfan81 permalink
    December 11, 2011 10:10 pm

    kinda wonder if ppl will clammer to pull that or not even care anymore a’ la’ Lebron????

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