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!
When the Washington Wizards host the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., fans in attendance will receive a special pack of Wizards trading cards from Panini America. Players included in the special set, which is detailed in the gallery below, include John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Paul Pierce, Nene, Otto Porter, Bradley Beal and Andre Miller (recently traded to the Sacramento Kings).
A Limited Edition John Wall NBA All-Star card was also created for the promotional night. In order to receive the Wall card while supplies last, fans need to purchase Panini America product at the Wizards team shop. Wall is a Panini Authentic exclusive athlete. Click here to see see his signed memorabilia, found exclusively on PaniniAuthentic.com.
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.
Panini America officials on Friday morning announced that the company will conduct a unique wrapper trade-in program with the new 2014-15 Donruss Basketball product that released on Wednesday. The program is centered around three of the most spectacular performers from NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City earlier this month — Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry and Zach Lavine.
For every 24 hobby wrappers of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball submitted through the program, collectors will receive a three-card pack that includes special 2014-15 Donruss Basketball cards honoring Wiggins (MVP of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge), Curry (winner of the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest) and LaVine (winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest) featuring action photography from those three events.
Early next month, Panini America will put the finishing touches on 2014-15 Threads Basketball and begin shipping the company’s second Target-exclusive NBA trading card product of the season, marking the popular brand’s first appearance on the market since the 2012-13 season.
Much like 2014-15 Prestige Basketball, the first of three planned 2014-15 Target-exclusive NBA products that dropped in October, 2014-15 Threads Basketball will arrive in stores sporting three unique SKUs (Premium boxes carry a $120 SRP, Blaster boxes carry a $30 SRP and Gravity packs carry a $4 SRP). We’ll explore all three configurations in more detail after the jump — and provide a few sneak-peek images, too.
For 11 straight days beginning in late March, Panini America baseball officials will embark on a two-state, cross-country journey that will take them from Florida to Arizona for the Second Annual Panini Spring Training Road Trip. Just as they did last season, Panini America officials will use the trip to meet with the brightest young stars in baseball for autograph sessions, photo shoots and spirited social media activation.
During last season’s inaugural Panini Spring Training Road Trip, company officials connected with more than 30 players. For 2015, the objective is to double that number.