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Panini America on Location: Day One at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game (50 Great Images)

January 27, 2012

OTTAWA, CanadaPanini America lifted the lid on 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend Thursday, warming up a chilly Ottawa afternoon with sights and sounds that were as varied as they were entertaining.

At the player hotel, Panini America representatives were busy capturing autographs from the players (primarily on pucks, a handful of trading cards and patches) as they checked in. Highlighting Thursday’s guest list in the Panini America player lounge were Tyler Seguin, Jordan Eberle, Steven Stamkos and Jamie Benn and Jason Spezza. More big-name players are slated to file through the room today.

A few blocks away inside the Ottawa Convention Centre, the NHL Fan Fair was opening its doors to an anxious throng of hockey-loving locals, many of whom couldn’t wait to participate in the Panini America wrapper-redemption program.

And in still another hotel, Panini America officials were shooting a special spot with the legendary Jeremy Roenick for an in-arena spot that will air during Saturday’s All-Star Skills Competition.

Indeed, you’ll see a little bit of everything in the massive gallery that follows, thanks in large part to photography from Panini America comrades Chris Reed and Alex Carbajal. And these are just the highlights from Day One. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continuing coverage of the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, including a huge announcement from the Panini America booth on Friday.

And don’t forget to check out iCollectPanini.com to participate in our wrapper-redemption program online even if you can’t make it to Ottawa.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2012 8:04 am

    Wow Tracy, you get more done by mid morning than most people do all day!

    Love the picture of the kids at the top, fantastic gallery and write-up!

    • January 27, 2012 8:17 am

      Appreciate it, Tom. You’re far too kind. Gotta love those kid collecting pics. That’s what it’s all about, brother.

      • January 27, 2012 9:04 am

        That’s what it’s all about man, I wouldn’t be where I am today in the hobby if I didn’t get a pack of cards when I was six to light that fire.

  2. Lee Patton permalink
    January 27, 2012 8:46 am

    Looks like a ton of Fun!!!! Wish I was there!

  3. January 27, 2012 9:16 am

    Awesome batch of photos, Tracy! Good to see the kids having fun and the players sitting down to drop some ink!

  4. Rich permalink
    January 27, 2012 9:54 am

    I stopped in yesterday with a box of limited for myself and one for the wife. Did ok on the boxes, nothing big in the redemption packs, and Tracy was MIA. I’ll have to do some work to convince the boss to go back today and try it all again. Ha.

    Rich

  5. Armand Rock permalink
    January 27, 2012 3:06 pm

    I just got back from there and honestly you guys rock!

    Your redemptions for wrappers beats Upper Deck’s redemptions by a mile!

    I did not end up getting a case of Score as i figured it would take too long and be too heavy to cary around so in the end i settled on 8 boxes of Pinnacle and i was happy with a particuliar RC signature i got out of those boxes…some guy from Edmonton :)

    • January 27, 2012 4:33 pm

      Awesome, Armand. Congrats on the great pull.

      • Armand Rock permalink
        January 27, 2012 5:32 pm

        oh and my pulls from the redemption weren’t too bad either with 2 Crosby patches, a Hopkins patch, and a Lemieux patch :)

        that along with a 1/1 redemption of an nhl player sketch card (Zach Kassian)

        If you are in Ottawa and a hockey collector its definetely worth the trip

  6. Tom Brien permalink
    January 27, 2012 5:13 pm

    Where will those Seguin Stanley Cup Signatures cards appear? Haven’t seen any redemption cards come out of packs and it is not on the checklist.

  7. Steve permalink
    January 28, 2012 4:09 pm

    Awesome stuff, that Couture autoed puck from last years all star game would look great in my PC.

  8. Armand Rock permalink
    January 28, 2012 8:41 pm

    i went back today with my nefews and am i ever glad i did!

    On our way out i decided to go back to get 6 more packs and i got a signed Hopkins out of 5 in one of the packs (and that was after getting a Crosby in the box of Pinnacle i purchased)…definetely glad i came back for another day to please my nefews…;)

    • Armand Rock permalink
      January 28, 2012 8:44 pm

      sorry i forgot to mention it was a signed Crosby card

      • January 28, 2012 10:48 pm

        Wow! What a great few days you had there. Thanks for stopping by. I do have that pic of you with the card and will post it tomorrow.

  9. Armand Rock permalink
    January 29, 2012 9:08 am

    thanks Tracy. sorry i couldnt see you there either times i was there…i was hopping to be able to say hello.

    All in All thanks for Panninni for all their great work with the redemptions!

    • Armand Rock permalink
      January 29, 2012 8:02 pm

      Hello Tracy,
      I was just on youtube and just realized you are the same person who posts on youtube…all of this time and I did not even realize it. Guess we did meet briefly after all then sorry for the confusion!

      • February 1, 2012 7:34 am

        Hey, Armand. Here’s that pic I took of you and that sweet RNH card you pulled.

        Armand Rock and his sweet RNH pull from 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend.

  10. Matt Gilman permalink
    February 1, 2012 7:25 am

    Love the pics of the kids collecting! Great behind the scenes as usual. Awesome auto pucks and of course a great Panini lineup of hockey cards!

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