Hobby historians likely will forever remember Panini America’s 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends release as one of the most eclectic trading card products ever made, what with its checklist full of politicians, presidents, astronauts, Medal of Honor recipients, fighter pilots, Olympians and more. But that set also includes an extensive tribute to the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, too — including all the headliners who helped the USA vanquish Japan on Sunday to claim the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup title.
Almost three years after the release of Heroes & Legends, the biggest stars of U.S. women’s soccer have become heroes and legends — and their autograph and memorabilia cards within that product have sent fans and collectors on a frenzied seek-and-secure mission in the last few days. As a result, key cards from 2012 Americana Heroes & Legends featuring the likes of Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo, Lauren Holiday and more have become overnight sensations on the secondary market.
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team delivered a resounding 5-2 victory over Japan in yesterday’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, bringing a fittingly triumphant close to America’s Fourth of July holiday weekend and cementing hat-trick heroine Carli Lloyd as a national hero. The win, the USWNT’s Cup-record third title, was watched by more than 25 million U.S. viewers.
It’s a safe bet that many of those viewers wasted little time in beginning their search for the licensed collectibles that will help them remember this performance — and this team — forever. And that search inevitably included the official 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Sticker Collection, available now at iCollectPanini.com.
Just in case you didn’t witness quite enough fireworks over the long Fourth of July weekend, The Knight’s Lance has just a few more to share that should give your Monday a much-needed spark. And although these particular spectacles won’t light up the night sky with thunderous booms and flashy, smoke-tailed shimmers, they will absolutely leave you looking on in drop-jawed amazement. And no matter how hot you think these particular fireworks might be, they will not burn your hands.
As you’ll see in the gallery that follows, Panini America has been on the receiving end of quite a few explosive deliveries in recent weeks — a spectacular array of hard-signed autographs foretelling of the greatness to come in upcoming products such as 2014-15 Gala Basketball, 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball, 2014-15 Flawless Basketball, 2015 Cooperstown Baseball and 2015 Immaculate Baseball.
Panini America officials today officially unveiled the details surrounding a special six-card set that will be distributed to registered show VIPs later this month in Chicago at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention. The multisport set will be distributed through a coupon inserted into each of the show’s VIP packages that must be presented at the Panini America booth.
Featured in the set are MLBPA Rookie Cards of Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson and NFL Rookie Cards of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. The limited-edition set also features NBA Rookies Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns. You can check out the complete six-card set in the gallery that follows.
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.
It’s been almost a month since we conducted our last edition of “Where Is It? Weekend” here on The Knight’s Lance. So we figured we’d get your Fourth of July weekend off to an explosive start with another edition. So if you’re equipped with a searching spirit and just a little free time, you could win one of 10 sweet prizes from Panini America.
For this installment of “Where Is It? Weekend,” we’ve hidden THREE smaller, 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 seven boxes of 2015 Elite Baseball and three boxes of 2014-15 Preferred Basketball. That’s 10 total prizes!
Next Sunday, Aggies legend and Panini Authentic-exclusive athlete Johnny Manziel will return to Aggieland for his first public autograph signing since being drafted by the Cleveland Browns. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M All-American will appear on behalf of Panini Authentic at Aggieland Outfitters (303 University Drive East Location) next Sunday, July 12, at 6 p.m.
“We have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to bring Johnny to a public setting,” said Brian Bayne, Panini Authentic Memorabilia Director. “There’s no better place to hold his first public autograph signing than back home in Aggieland, and Aggieland Outfitters is a perfect fit for Johnny and for Panini Authentic.”