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Panini America, 2012 Prizm Football Tackle Super Bowl XLVII Media Day (Video)

January 30, 2013

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NEW ORLEANS — Yesterday, inside a star-studded Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler¬†tackled the¬†end-zone-to-end-zone madness that was Gatorade Super Bowl XLVII Media Day with two very special guests: Knight’s Lance junior reporter Billy Mertes and one box of 2012 Prizm Football.

Mertes, the 12-year-old seventh-grader from Faribault, Minn., won a contest on The Knight’s Lance to become Panini America’s official junior reporter yesterday — and the kid handled himself with all the veteran guile and go-getter attitude of Peter King or Adam Schefter. And as you’ll see in the video recap that follows, Mertes wasn’t the least bit afraid to ask the tough questions.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that the kid had packs of 2012 Prizm Football to give the players after his hard-hitting interviews. (Wait until you see Tommy Streeter’s reaction to seeing his Red Prizm Die-Cut for the first time.) To be sure, the cards and the conversations were more than enough to keep the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens gushing and gabbing.

You can check it all out in the video that follows. After that, stick around for a quick gallery, too.

Now, for the gallery . . .

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Rob Gilbert permalink
    January 30, 2013 3:48 pm

    Was wondering who won the Scavenger Hunt for the Pro Bowl game? I still haven’t seen the results.

  2. January 30, 2013 3:55 pm

    Billy rules!

    It’s so great of you guys to do this, it’s just awesome!

  3. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 30, 2013 4:19 pm

    What you guys do for kids is just amazing. Giving them such great oppurtunities. Panini just plain awesome

  4. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 30, 2013 5:05 pm

    Great job by Billy, nice interviews and reactions to the cards. Thanks Tracy, hope you’re having fun!

  5. January 30, 2013 5:19 pm

    Awesome job Billy!

  6. January 30, 2013 5:20 pm

    My son got a chance to interview Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies before a game last year. Even though Kyle is the 5th starter, my son will never forget it. No doubt Billy will feel the same way!

    Great job Panini!!

  7. January 30, 2013 5:34 pm

    Its gotta be truly a blessing to be able to be down there giving interviews and getting ready for the Super Bowl! I just wanna say congrats Tracy on having a job that most collectors and fans would go nuts over! You deserve it for all the hard work that u put in at Panini keep up the good work and keep living the dream!!!

  8. Student of the Game permalink
    January 31, 2013 9:11 am

    They should do a spinoff of the reality tv show Dirty Jobs and call it Redonkulously Best Dream Jobs…I think Tracy/Panini would come in at #1 :-) Thanks for sharing and enjoy!

  9. Dave permalink
    January 31, 2013 9:12 am

    That’s very cool, that kid looked happy and it looks like the winning Superbowl team is gonna have to split a case, lol, rumor has it that Colin Kaepernick is doing a BGS submission after the break!!!

  10. January 31, 2013 10:45 am

    Im ready for GAME DAY!Nola looks like a lot of fun.Eat sum Gumbo!

  11. January 31, 2013 10:47 am

    Must be Nice!

  12. January 31, 2013 7:26 pm

    I bet Billy will never forget this experience! For future reference if I kneel down I could totally pass for 12… just saying!

  13. February 2, 2013 7:58 am

    Great Job BILLY! Hey at the 3:56 sec range he should have interviewed “Miss BAMA QB Girlfriend” K. Webb who was right behind him. — Hey Panini -Sign HER for a few CARDS!!!! Come on – think outside the box a little bit. Exclusive: Girlfriends of average QB’s.. The mini set could be epic.

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