Toronto Blue Jays superstar Josh Donaldson, a noted high-end collector and serious threat to win AL MVP honors this season, dropped by Panini America HQ last week for a quick autograph session while his team was in town to play the Texas Rangers. When he was done signing, he was gracious enough to sit down for a special episode of Panini Unwrapped featuring one of his favorite products: National Treasures Football.
In the must-see video that follows, Donaldson’s laid-back demeanor, keen sense of humor and quick wit are on full display, as is his broad knowledge of the National Treasures brand. Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance in the coming days for a must-see video roundtable featuring Donaldson and members of the Panini America Product Development team.
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.
Panini Authentic upped its game-worn game considerably earlier this week with the addition of several history-soaked pieces of memorabilia worn by Los Angeles Lakers icon — and Panini America-exclusive athlete– Kobe Bryant during significant performances last season. Headlining Panini Authentic’s newest offerings are the jersey Bryant wore while scoring 22 points early last December against the Boston Celtics, and the jersey and shoes he donned while recording his 21st career triple-double in a late-December game against the Denver Nuggets. All of those items are autographed by Bryant and feature specific game notations.
Company officials also added three additional autographed Bryant pieces to the site this week: A throwback Mitchell & Ness shooting shirt commemorating the Black Mamba’s 1997 NBA Slam Dunk title (limited to 97), a throwback Mitchell & Ness Lakers jersey honoring Bryant’s 1998 NBA MVP Award (limited to 50) and a dramatic, black-and-white 24-by-30 photograph limited to 24 dubbed, appropriately, “Centerpiece.”
As you read this, know that Panini America officials are steadfastly working on the final pre-release stages of the previously announced, highly anticipated 2015 Donruss Soccer, the company’s first-ever set that pays tribute to the world’s most prominent club and national teams. Set to release — finally — on September 23, 2015 Donruss Soccer will serve to set the stage for what’s shaping up to be a banner fourth quarter as it relates to soccer trading cards.
We’ll have plenty of coverage from the upcoming 2015 Donruss Soccer packout in the coming days right here on The Knight’s Lance. But today, we’re pulling the curtain back on the Prizm-powered product that’s slated to follow Donruss in late October: 2015 Select Soccer.