The home stretch is upon us. Panini America’s riveting 2014 NFL trading card season will reach its dramatic conclusion with the highly anticipated 2014 National Treasures Football, shipping later this month. The football card market has received a considerable boost over the last two months, bolstered significantly by the releases of 2014 Contenders Football, 2014 Immaculate Football and 2014 Black Gold Football.
2014 National Treasures Football promises to end the stretch on a high, hot note. In the coming days, we’ll show you several of the reasons why with a series of preview galleries showcasing just some of the gems that are being readied for insertion into the product when packout begins early next week.
One of the most interesting — but perhaps less-heralded — aspects of Panini America’s Gold Standard Basketball brand during its first four years in existence has been the inclusion of veteran base-set variations that have created feeding frenzies for the rarest versions among impacted player collectors. The phenomenon began with that inaugural 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball release and featured Pete Maravich, Patrick Ewing and Dennis Rodman.
The brand has followed suit in the years since by releasing variations for retired legends and current stars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, Shawn Kemp, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rasheed Wallace and more. February’s release of 2014-15 Gold Standard Basketball delivered a wave of new variations with cards honoring LeBron James, Pau Gasol, Shawn Marion, Jeremy Lin, Allen Iverson,Baron Davis, Alonzo Mourning, Scottie Pippen, Latrell Sprewell and Chris Webber.
Panini America scavenger hunts are nothing new for loyal readers of The Knight’s Lance. Scavenger hunts starting on a Wednesday? Well, that’s a new twist. But since we’re all looking for a way to speed through hump day and into the latter part of the work week, we figured we’d offer a new wrinkle on our semi-regular hide-and-seek searches that reward both an astute eye and a little patience with some sweet Panini America prizes.
For this premiere installment of “Where Is It? Wednesday,” we’ve hidden three (sometimes smaller, sometimes perhaps-somewhat-manipulated) versions of the Panini America knight helmet logo that appears at the top of this post — and we’re giving you until tomorrow night to find them. This time, the prize pool includes three boxes of 2014 Black Gold Football and seven sweet cards from 2014 Black Gold Football. That’s 10 total prizes!
At some point later this week, if it hasn’t arrived already, Panini America’s 2014-15 Threads Basketball will start hitting exclusively in Target stores packing three unique packaging configurations (Premium Boxes, Blaster Boxes and Gravity-Feed Packs) and a bevy of exclusive content featured in all three SKUs. Yesterday we showcased the unique Wood Rookie Cards exclusive to the Blaster Box configuration. Today, we’re turning our attention to the Gravity Feed exclusives.
Truth be told, some of the toughest NBA Rookie Cards of the season might just be the Micro-Etched cards randomly inserted into Gravity Feed packs of 2014-15 Threads Basketball. We’ll try to find out exactly just how limited these cards are in the coming days. But until then, sit back and enjoy this comprehensive preview.
The momentum behind the triumphant return of Panini America’s popular Dragon Ball Z Trading Card Game to the market last fall after 10 years away just keeps building. On the heels of the now-sold-out return release in October came the still-scorching Heroes & Villains update from earlier this month. Today, company officials launched the official website to support a property that continues to make massive strides.
The new website features sections devoted to the basics of game play, product checklists, rules, a store locator, and direct feeds to the Official Panini America Dragon Ball Z Blog and the company’s social media feeds. The site is live now. Be sure to bookmark it and check back often for updates, new-release information, higher-level organized-play plans and more.
Panini America’s Target-exclusive 2014-15 Threads Basketball should begin arriving in stores across the country this week, packing three unique configurations (each with its own exclusive content), a great design, compelling photography and several brand staples that made Threads a collector-favorite brand the last time it appeared during the 2012-13 season.
We’ve provided preview coverage of 2014-15 Threads Basketball in recent weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance, focusing primarily on the Premium configuration and the unique Voices of the Game insert. Today, we offer an extended examination of the Wood Rookie Cards exclusive to Threads Blaster Boxes.