While the weather across seemingly most of North America continues to grow more frigid, Panini America continues doing its part to heat things up — not just with new releases blazing a trail in their own right (such as 2014 Immaculate Football and 2014 Contenders Football), but also with a furious amount of activity to prepare similarly scorching releases such as 2015 Donruss Baseball, 2014 Black Gold Football, 2014 National Treasures Football, 2014-15 Immaculate Basketball and 2014-15 Select Basketball.
And judging by the recent influx of spectacular on-card autograph arrivals that have arrived at Panini America HQ, things are about to heat up considerably. In the gallery below, we showcase some of the newest ink slated for inclusion in many of the aforementioned products. We’ll have more thorough examinations of each of those releases in the coming days right here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, take a second to enjoy this . . .
Panini America’s 2014 Spectra Football released in hobby shops across North America yesterday packing that intoxicating mix of Optichrome Prizm technology, colorfully in-demand parallels, and rich autograph and memorabilia-card rosters that made last season’s debut edition of the product so . . . inviting. Collectors who got their first crack at the product Wednesday have discovered that winning recipe has remained largely intact for 2014.
But no matter what aspect of Spectra Football resonates most resoundingly with you, there’s no denying the bona fide “Wow!” factor of cards graced with the irresistible combination of Prizm and prime memorabilia. In the must-see gallery that follows, we appreciate just some of the Red Prizm (numbered to 10) and Black Prizm (numbered to five) gems punctuating 2014 Spectra Football’s Teammates Combo Jerseys Patches, Combo Rookie Jerseys Patches, Quad Jerseys Patches, Rookie Jumbo Jersey Patches inserts.
Never underestimate the transformative power of trading cards. After all, just one look at the new 1981 subset in Panini America’s upcoming 2015 Donruss Baseball release and I’m jettisoned instantly more than 30 years back in time. To be sure, that 1981 Donruss Baseball design is as romantically revered as it is aesthetically simple.
A bold, color border . . . that highlighter-yellow team font that screams “Early Eighties!” . . . a player-name typeface that makes Times New Roman seem exotic . . . that epic, old-school Donruss “d” . . . and great photography. It’s a classic combination that feels just as warm and cozy now as it did back in the day. And it’s the subject a 50-card subset in next Wednesday’s highly anticipated release.
Late last week here on The Knight’s Lance, we brought you preliminary details of a unique wrapper trade-in program being conducted with Panini America’s 2014-15 Donruss Basketball product that released in hobby shops across North America last Wednesday. In that original post, we previewed two of the six cards that are part of the 2015 NBA All-Star-themed program. Today, we’re showing you the rest.
Collectors can participate in the promotion by sending in hobby wrappers from 2014-15 Donruss Basketball to Panini America. For every 24 wrappers submitted and while supplies last, collectors will receive one three-card pack of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball cards featuring NBA All-Star 2015 headliners Andrew Wiggins (BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge MVP), Stephen Curry (Foot Locker Three-Point Contest winner) and Zach LaVine (Sprite Slam Dunk Contest winner).
As monumental as it may have seemed at the time, Panini America’s announcement last week that the fabled Diamond Kings brand would be making a triumphant return to baseball after a decade away may have obscured even bigger news. Indeed, not only is Diamond Kings returning, but baseball’s most powerful diamond king is, too. Babe Ruth is back.
For the first time since 2005, the Great Bambino will have trading cards in a Panini America product. Base cards. Minis. A cut autograph. Epic memorabilia cards. In late April, the Sultan of Swat will become the Sultan of Swatch.
Last week here on The Knight’s Lance we brought you a pre-packout peek at Panini America’s 2014 Spectra Football, the hit-filled, Optichrome-enhanced thrill ride that arrives in hobby shops across North America on Wednesday. Today, we’re going to bring you a more extended preview of the product by showcasing more of the gems that surfaced during the Quality Control process.
Each 17-card box of 2014 Spectra Football delivers one 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Week card, two base cards, four Prizm parallels, four autographs and six memorabilia cards. As you’ll see in the imagery that follows, the second annual edition of Spectra Football provides an explosion of colorful Prizms, low-numbered parallels and a staunch checklist of autograph and memorabilia cards.
As hard as it seems to believe, it’s been three long weeks since our last installment of Panini America’s popular “Where Is It? Weekend” Scavenger Hunt. Of course, that’s too long. So we’re going to rectify the situation by presenting another one today.
For this exciting installment of “Where Is It? Weekend,” we’ve hidden four (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 five boxes of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball and five sweet cards from 2014 Immaculate Football. That’s 10 total prizes!