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

August 1, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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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Panini America Tips Cap to One Spectacular Dante Fowler Jr. New Era Hat Card (Video)

July 30, 2015

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Just seconds after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced during the 2015 NFL Draft that the Jacksonville Jaguars had selected linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. with the third overall pick, the first thing the former Florida Gator did was make his way down to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre stage, stopping en route to slip on his official New Era Jaguars Draft Hat.

Perhaps unbeknownst to most folks watching the draft that night, Fowler’s hat was equipped with a hidden New Era Cap Cam that documented his special moment from a most unique perspective. Eventually, that very hat — along with all the others worn on stage during the NFL Draft — made its way back to Panini America HQ (hey, being the Official Trading Card Manufacturer of the NFL Draft has its advantages).

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Panini America Hits Ground Running at the 2015 National (Video and Gallery)

July 30, 2015

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Enter the show floor at the 36th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., and it won’t be hard to spot Panini America’s presence off in the distance.

Find the four pillars bearing photos featuring the likes of Andrew Luck, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant and you’ll know you’ve arrived at Panini’s playground for the next five days. From the coveted shiny silver redemption packs to the VIP table to a wide range of must-see Panini Authentic memorabilia, it’s no wonder collectors flocked to be part of the fun during Wednesday’s sneak peek night.

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