Early last Friday morning, Panini America officials began the packout process for 2014-15 Immaculate Basketball, easily one of this season’s most anticipated releases across all sports. Bolstered by the fascinating return of Sneak Peek, a spectacularly stacked autograph roster and some of the sickest memorabilia cards you’ll ever see, this year’s Immaculate is seemingly equipped to be the best iteration in the brand’s short-but-proud history.
In the juicy gallery that follows, we offer an extended look at some of the gems that surfaced Friday and Saturday while Cory Hollingsworth and Keith Hower oversaw the packout process. Luckily for all of us, they were nice enough to snap some pics while they were there.
You can tell by the box. You can tell by this blog. You can tell by the buzz. For the first time in a decade, Babe Ruth is returning to a Panini America product. In a comeback performance for the ages, Diamond Kings Baseball returns to the marketplace this week — and it’s packing the game’s most legendary diamond king in the heart of the order.
Ruth’s resplendent array of Diamond Kings includes cards that are suitable for framing . . . and some that already are framed . . . miniature masterpieces . . . memorabilia cards that majestically transform the Sultan of Swat into the Sultan of Swatch . . . and one epic cut-signature card.
It’s been almost three weeks since our last edition of “Where Is It? Weekend” here on The Knight’s Lance — and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to do it again. 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 (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 2015 Diamond Kings Baseball and five autographed cards from the product.
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.
By most accounts, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant produced the greatest season of his young career in 2014 with a fitting 88 receptions (just five shy of his single-season best) for 1,320 yards (just 62 shy of his single-season best) and a career-high 16 touchdowns. Along the way, the dynamic pass-catcher earned First-Team All-Pro honors, helped the Cowboys advance to the divisional round of the NFC Playoffs and earned his second straight Pro Bowl nod.
Now, thanks to Panini Authentic’s new exclusive agreement with Bryant, hardcore fans and collectors have the chance to get their hands on some of the history-soaked memorabilia Bryant wore while putting up those gaudy 2014 numbers. Early last week, Panini Authentic officials conducted their first extensive signing session with Bryant, a productive sit-down during which the superstar signed, among other things, his helmet from the 2014 season and his jersey and pants from the Cowboys’ Week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
One week from tonight, the 2015 NFL Draft will kick off in Chicago, setting in motion a dramatic series of events that will largely dictate the football collecting landscape for the next year. Make no mistake about it: The draft picks are coming — and Panini America’s 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football is coming, too. The company’s first collegiate product since securing exclusive trading card rights to more than 400 colleges and universities over the winter, 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football is hot on the presses as we speak.
Earlier today, we got our first look at the product thanks to a special delivery from the Panini America production facility: The first uncut sheets from three different forms, 100-up sheets of collegiate greatness featuring set staples such as Game Day Tickets, School Colors, Old School Colors, Passing Grades, Rush Week and more.
Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West has grown accustomed to delivering impressive performances on Sunday afternoons. But the one he produced last Sunday, on a picture-perfect sunny day in northern Ohio, might just go down as his best yet. West stole the show during a fantastic finale to the 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion, spending a few memorable hours with 2014 Panini NFL POD grand-prize winner Tom Pavich and a packed house at B&B Sports Cards.
The affable West arrived early at the Pavich house to start the day, greeting the Dawg Pound faithful in attendance at Pavich’s private party with an electric smile and a ready handshake. He engaged party guests with compelling stories from his 2014 rookie season and played a game of catch with only one rule: Everyone had to touch the football at least once.