Beginning tomorrow, Panini America baseball officials will embark on a two-week, cross-country journey that will take them to three cities in Florida and one in Arizona during the inaugural Panini Spring Training Road Trip. Throughout the trip, Panini America will meet with more than 30 of the brightest young players in baseball (as well as a few superstar veterans) for a series of events that includes autograph signings, Panini Box Breaks and social media activation featuring Twitter takeovers of the @PaniniAmerica account and Twitter Q&As with fans about preparing for the upcoming season and, of course, showcasing their Panini baseball cards.
The trip kicks off Tuesday in Stuart, Fla., before moving to Ft. Myers on Wednesday and Tampa on Thursday. Players confirmed to appear on the Florida leg of the trip include World Series champion Mike Napoli of the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha, Kolten Wong, Byron Buxton, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Martinez and 13 others.
Cue the trumpets and break out the regal robes: 2013-14 Crown Royale Hockey is coming. And if Wednesday’s release truly is the last Crown Royale hockey product Panini America makes, it promises to be one that will be remembered for a long time. Boasting a selection of Silhouettes, Rookie Silhouettes, Social Signatures, Fans of the Game, Voices of the Game and so much more, 2013-14 Crown Royale Hockey promises to deliver several key cards worthy of a king’s ransom.
Earlier this morning we grabbed three boxes at random from the just-delivered marketing allotment of 2013-14 Crown Royale Hockey to give collectors an idea of what they might expect from the product when it arrives in stores on Wednesday.
When Panini America’s 2013-14 Crown Royale Hockey releases to anxious hockey collectors across North America on Wednesday, the product’s sickest Silhouettes, its scarcest autographs and a celebrity-laden list of signers are likely to steal most of the new-release buzz. But there’s another aspect of Crown Royale’s kingly inclusions sure to generate its own share of headlines: The return of the product’s decadent die-cut memorabilia cards.
One look at the museum-quality cards dotting the Silver Chalice, Regal Achievements and Heirs to the Throne inserts and you know you’re looking at something special — in terms of innovation, in terms of design, in terms of the history-making game- and player-worn memorabilia and in terms of “Wow!” factor. But instead of simply taking our word for it, we thought we’d offer a comprehensive Sunday sneak peek at some of the cards and let you judge for yourself.
Late last year inside the Panini VIP Party in Toronto, NHL legend Mike Modano, if only temporarily, went from being one of the greatest players in hockey history to being one of the greatest Brand Managers in trading card history. Working with Panini America’s Scott Prusha, Modano personally selected the nine favorite moments from his illustrious career that he’d most like to see honored in a special trading-card tribute.
Tonight, almost four months later, that trading-card tribute becomes a reality along with yet another Modano milestone. The Dallas Stars will retire Modano’s No. 9 jersey during tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild and every fan entering the America Airlines Center will receive the nine-card Panini America Modano set.
Another weekend here on The Knight’s Lance brings with it another chance for loyal Panini America collectors to win some sweet cards. For this exciting second installment of “Where Is It? Weekend,” we’ve hidden four smaller, perhaps-somewhat-manipulated versions of the Panini America knight that appears at the top of this post — and we’re giving you all weekend to find them and submit your answers.
To be sure, it’s been a busy few weeks for Panini America and we’ve delivered a wealthy share of must-see galleries that have kept you up to date with everything we’ve been doing. Many of those galleries will serve as your visual playground for this edition of “Where Is It? Weekend” as we continue the Panini America tradition of giving back to fans and collectors. Up for grabs this time: A two-box prize pack that includes one box of 2013 Spectra Football and one box of 2013-14 Titanium Basketball for five lucky winners.
Late Thursday afternoon, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower sat down with two boxes of the new 2013-14 Titanium Basketball for the express purpose of filming this must-see episode of Panini Unwrapped. In the video that follows, Hower offers some unique insights into the product as well as a little breaking news on 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball. Hackler, meanwhile, pulls a redemption card that, once redeemed, will ultimately end up in the hands of a collector.
Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance this weekend for a chance to win your very own box of 2013-14 Titanium Basketball.
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.