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Panini America Lands Chicago Cubs Legend Ryne Sandberg for 2015 National VIP Party

August 1, 2015

VIP Sandberg

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The guest list is complete. And as a result, Panini America’s highly anticipated 2015 National VIP Party is shaping up to be perhaps the most epic edition in the event’s four-year history. Earlier today, just hours after dropping the morning bombshell that boxing icon Mike Tyson would be attending tonight’s gala, company officials revealed the identity of the final VIP guest: Chicago Cubs legend and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

Sandberg rounds out an event already brimming with star power thanks to the likes of Tyson, John Smoltz, Ricky Williams, Pete Rose, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. You can check out exclusive 8-by-10 photographs of tonight’s special guests in the gallery below. These photos will be autographed by the respective athletes on them and awarded to party-goers later tonight.

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A Knockout Punch: Panini America Bringing Mike Tyson to 2015 National VIP Party

August 1, 2015

As if the six special guests announced so far for Panini America’s 2015 National VIP Party in Chicago didn’t pack enough of a punch, the company delivered a knockout blow Saturday morning with news that legendary boxer Mike Tyson will join the likes of Jabari Parker, Ricky Williams, Pete Rose, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Smoltz and Bobby Portis in attendance at Saturday night’s big event.

Tyson’s larger-than-life presence is sure to have a heavy impact for party-goers who already will be seeing stars later this evening at Panini America’s fourth-annual National VIP Party event. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance and the Panini America Twitter feed later today as Panini America unveils the final special guest for a 2015 National VIP Party that’s shaping up to be the company’s best yet.

How Swede It Is: The Feel-Good Story of One Man’s Journey to the 2015 National

August 1, 2015


ROSEMONT, Ill. Rasmus Holmberg might live eight hours from the only card shop in Sweden, but he developed a global connection to other collectors through the world of online case breakers.

For much of the last two years, Holmberg has been a fixture in the chat room of Cardsmiths Breaks. His friendly spirit and assistance in uploading break videos endeared him to owner Sam Smith and other regulars on the site that debuted nearly three years ago. Holmberg doesn’t let a four-hour time difference prevent him from participating. It’s his way of discussing the hobby in ways he can’t locally, mainly because hockey is the lone sport collected in his country and and his interest has grown to other sports, including baseball.

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Panini America’s Weekly Redemption Card Update: Kris Bryant, Steph Curry, More

August 1, 2015

Redemption Main July 24 Two

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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Jabari Parker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, More Top 2015 National VIP Party List So Far

July 31, 2015

ROSEMONT, Ill. — With each passing day, Panini America’s celebrated Saturday 2015 National VIP Party continues to generate more buzz. On Thursday, company official began announcing a start-studded guest list that includes Ricky Williams, Pete Rose, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bobby Portis and John Smoltz. Late Friday evening, company officials dropped another bombshell by revealing that Chicago native Jabari Parker would be in attendance.

With so much star power already assembled for the company’s fourth annual National extravaganza, Panini America officials still have two more special guests to unveil on Saturday — and the two remaining mystery VIPs might just be the biggest names yet.

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Scenes from a Show: Panini America Breaks the National on Day Two (Video & Gallery)

July 31, 2015

Panini America 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention Day Two Main

ROSEMONT, Ill.Talan Smith’s second break this summer turned out better than his first.

The 8-year-old from St. Louis suffered a broken arm not too long ago, but he felt a whole lot better on Thursday after participating in his first-ever group break — Panini America’s Free Kids Case Break — at the 36th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention. Smith and other kids aged 13 and under each received a Panini America bag, T-shirt and a lanyard which indicated their team in the break, run by Bryan Gavin of Ultimate Box Breaks.

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Panini America’s Live Redemption Trade-Up Program Thriving at the 2015 National

July 31, 2015

Panini America 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention Day Two (6)

ROSEMONT, Ill. — There might not be anyone working harder at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention than Panini America Customer Service Manager David Sharp. Once again this year, Panini America and Sharp rolled out the popular — and unmatched in the industry — Live Redemption Trade-Up Program to help collectors find satisfaction from the oft-frustrating way of hobby life known as redemptions.

“We hate redemptions as much as anyone,” Panini America Hobby Marketing Manager Tracy Hackler said. “And that’s one of the reasons we’re so excited about the future of the Panini Rewards program — and about the success of the Live Redemption Trade-Up Program.”

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