Panini America Shares Must-See First Look at 2013 National Convention Set (Gallery)
Panini America’s buzz-inducing buildup to the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention begins in earnest . . . now. When sports collecting’s annual showcase kicks off later this month at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., Panini America once again will endeavor to steal the show with its trademark wrapper-redemption program.
The foundation of that program (aside from the jaw-dropping assortment of memorabilia cards, autographs and other rarities that we’ll explore in great detail in the coming weeks) are far-reaching multisport base and insert sets that deliver equal doses of extreme star power and legendary local flavor. That means that in addition to a checklist bolstered by the likes of Bryce Harper, Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers and Alex Ovechkin, this year’s edition also includes a healthy assortment of White Sox, Cubs, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks, too.
In the gallery that follows, we detail Panini America’s 2013 National Convention base set and a few of its inserts, including the always-popular Team Colors and Diamond Kings. As our countdown to the National continues in the coming days, we’ll have plenty more to preview here on The Knight’s Lance, including first looks at the set’s Rookie Cards, autographs, memorabilia and, yes, even a whole new roster of Original Player Sketch cards.