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Exclusive Access: Panini America Takes You to the Production Facility (Video & Gallery)

September 19, 2013

Panini America September 19 Production Facility (18)

Every time I’m fortunate enough to take the cross-town road trip to the Panini America production facility (literally every single time), I can’t help but think I’m peering into a whirring, bustling version of collecting’s crystal ball, spying rarely seen first looks at tomorrow’s hottest sports cards. That scintillating sensation greeted me again yesterday.

My primary mission yesterday was to document the making of some filthy Down & Dirty booklet cards of Alfred Morris coming to 2013 Playbook Football. I got tons of footage on that, but I also caught glimpses of so much more. Like 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball, 2013 Absolute Football, 2013 Hometown Heroes Baseball, 2013-14 Dominion Hockey and more.

Most of yesterday’s activity is captured in the gallery that follows. But before you get to the pictures, take a few minutes to enjoy the short Vine videos we posted to the Panini America Twitter account yesterday.

Now, to the images . . .

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew McKay permalink
    September 19, 2013 4:18 pm

    Very cool inside look at the making of the cards. Love the preview of cards before they are done.

  2. September 19, 2013 4:48 pm

    Awesome behind the scenes stuff!

  3. September 19, 2013 5:05 pm

    Glimpses of my dream job :-)

  4. September 19, 2013 5:17 pm

    Absolutely SICK! Thanks for sharing!

  5. September 19, 2013 6:13 pm

    Holy crap! This is amazing!
    (I have only looked at the first pic so far)

  6. September 19, 2013 6:20 pm

    As expected, it got even better!

    Something I’ve always wondered: How come sometimes uncut sheets alternate upside down and right-side up?

    • September 19, 2013 9:36 pm

      Primarily just depends on the way the cards are oriented on the form. But typically they’re all fed the same way.

  7. September 19, 2013 7:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing and seeing those playbook, really, really makes me look forward to getting my Russell Wilson Playbook rookie card in some day from last year’s product!

  8. September 20, 2013 5:46 am

    Stellar gallery, looks like some great things to come in the next few months. Thanks Tracy!

  9. Joe permalink
    September 20, 2013 8:43 am

    Can’t wait for those Playbooks! I HAVE to get one of those Lacys! Cool to see them in production :)

  10. Gerry Thompson permalink
    September 20, 2013 11:30 am

    Nice to see Panini open about its business, like like that other lot, thanks.

  11. tlvincent permalink
    September 20, 2013 12:00 pm

    Playbook looking good, Great to see so many Veterans featured from the pictures! Got my Tannehill RC playbook Auto in mail last week, worth the wait, awesome card

  12. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    September 21, 2013 5:25 am

    Exactly why Panini rocks..all of the behind the scenes.

  13. Marshall McNair permalink
    September 24, 2013 2:33 pm

    The behind the scenes is wow, other company wont do that only the one-of-a-kind Panini! Ya’ll’s cards never disappoint!!

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