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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Eisenhower, ‘Manster’ and More

May 22, 2015

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In an effort to keep collectors updated on the status of those Panini America redemption cards that are currently being processed, we’ll post a list every week, like the one included in the attachments below, detailing the most recent cards being fulfilled this week.

The following list is intended to inform collectors about which redemption cards from which products are being processed this week. We’ll update this list every Friday afternoon, so stay tuned next week if you don’t see your card here.

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Panini America, beIN Sports Join Forces for Special Copa America Chile 2015 Promotion

May 22, 2015

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In conjunction with the North American release last month of the official Copa America Chile 2015 Sticker Collection, Panini America and beIN Sports have teamed up for a special social media initiative that will last throughout the tournament and reward loyal soccer fans with the opportunity to win great prizes such as a trip to the final match in Chile, a beIN Sports studio tour in Miami and national team jerseys.

North American collectors busy completing their official Copa America Chile 2015 Sticker Collections no doubt started participating in the promotion shortly after first cracking their albums, tipped off by beIN Sports ads featured on the inside front and back covers. But just in case you haven’t secured your album just yet, we provide complete contest details after the jump.

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Gallery: Panini America Rips Retail Versions of 2015 Stars & Stripes USA Baseball, Prizm

May 22, 2015

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For any number of legitimate reasons, we spend a lot of time here on The Knight’s Lance showcasing the hobby side of our products. That’s not to say we look past their retail counterparts; we absolutely don’t. Our products are quite like our children: We love them all equally and we love them a lot. And today, we aim to prove it.

Earlier this morning, Clarke Ford, Panini America’s Retail Sales Director, presented me with a few retail boxes of 2015 Stars & Stripes USA Baseball and 2015 Prizm Baseball, two of our most recent baseball releases. I ripped them open in short order to present the Teaser Gallery that follows.

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Ricky Williams, National Treasures Football Star in Special Panini Unwrapped Episode

May 21, 2015

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Early last month, one of the greatest players in college football history dropped by Panini America HQ to visit old friends and sign autographs for upcoming Panini America college football and NFL trading card releases. While he was here, the legendary Ricky Williams made time for a special episode of Panini Unwrapped. Fittingly, the product being busted that day was 2014 National Treasures Football.

Today, we honor the icon’s 38th birthday with a must-see video during which Williams discusses a decorated career that took him from Heisman glory at the University of Texas to superstardom in the NFL and, ultimately, back to UT. Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2014-15 Spectra Basketball (69 Sweet Pics)

May 20, 2015

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Panini America’s colorful, Prizm-infused Spectra brand has wasted precious little time in etching out a loyal following among hardhcore hoops collectors. In fact, with just one inaugural release last season, Spectra Basketball became a bona fide favorite — as much for its perfect-for-Prizm designs as for its rich autograph and memorabilia content. When the second installment arrives next week, collectors will revel in the fact that the brand has only improved with age.

2014-15 Spectra Basketball releases one week from today and will deliver seven autograph or memorabilia cards in every box. The product this year also has been bolstered by the addition of Global Icons, a one-per-case chase insert that showcases some of the game’s greatest international players. After the jump, you can discover a little bit of everything else the product has to offer.

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Teaser: Panini America Breaks Two Boxes of 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football

May 18, 2015

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After months of buildup, Panini America is prepared to make hobby history on Wednesday with the long-awaited release of 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football, the company’s first college-only release since signing nearly 400 universities to exclusive agreements earlier this year. As mentioned previously, the historic release is brimming with the compelling qualities that make any Contenders-branded product sing, including a loaded autograph roster, clean, colorful designs, variations, Cracked Ice parallels and so much more.

Earlier this afternoon, we got our first look at finished boxes of 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football and were sure to take plenty of pics to document the experience. In the revealing Teaser Gallery that follows, we bring you a pack-by-pack recap of our two-box break, a 48-pack thrill ride that should only raise expectations for a product that has generated more than its fair share of pre-release momentum.

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Autographs from Hollywood’s Heavy Hitters Driving Panini America’s 2015 Americana

May 18, 2015

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In the five days since Panini America’s 2015 Americana released in hobby shops across North America, one fact has become abundantly clear: Hollywood’s heaviest hitters are just as big a draw in trading cards as they are at the box office — especially in the case of the iconic Sylvester Stallone. Sly’s rare 2015 Americana autographs are leading the way in terms of early secondary-market activity, selling for as much as $340 in the last few days.

Americana’s other Hollywood headliners — including Al Pacino, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart — are delivering their own impressive performances. Cooper and Pacino have seen copies of their 2015 Americana autographs sell for $130 and $127, respectively; Hart’s autographs have sold for as much as $80 to date. And another key card in the set — one featuring autographs from Stallone and fellow star Mickey Rourkesold for $280.

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