LOS ANGELES — On a whirlwind Wednesday evening in downtown Los Angeles, one of the most important events of the collecting season kicked off in earnest as the top rookies from the 2015 NFL Draft began making their way through the Panini America Player Lounge on the first day of the 2015 NFLPA Rookie Premiere. In all, 11 of the 41 players in attendance came through Wednesday, including Todd Gurley, Kevin White, Ameer Abdullah, Tevin Coleman, Tyler Lockett and more.
While they were there, they signed autographs (including black metal and 14 karat gold pieces for 2015 Black Gold Football, hard-signed Pen Pals cards and more) and posed for the pictures that will be used for their unique Next Day cards that will be completed in the coming hours, Oh, and to a man, they seemed to revel in the experience.
One week ago today, Panini America’s inaugural licensed college football product — 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football — released to considerable pomp and circumstance as college football fans and collectors across North America began a passionate rip fest that continues seven days later. To help celebrate the monumental release, iCollectPanini.com is doing its part by offering a special “Panini University” T-shirt free to collectors who purchase a box of 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football through the site.
Available in five different colorways, the Panini University T-shirt is a fashionable reminder of an epic Contenders release and a great way to show your support for a legendary institute of higher collecting. The shirts are available for a limited time and are free while supplies last to collectors who purchase a box of 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football at iCollectPanini.com.
As far as hump days go, this one promises to be . . . well . . . quite Spectracular. For today, you see, is no ordinary Wednesday. It’s release day for Panini America’s 2014-15 Spectra Basketball, which means basketball collectors are in for a vibrantly colored, Optichrome-aided kind of day full of low-numbered parallels and high-end heat. We brought you a tantalizing QC glimpse at 2014-15 Spectra Basketball last week. Today, we’re bringing you inside two quick boxes of the product with the Teaser Gallery that follows.
Each box of 2014-15 Spectra Basketball delivers seven autograph or memorabilia cards and some of the coolest single cards you’ll see all season. The product this year also has been bolstered by the addition of Global Icons, a one-per-case chase insert that showcases some of the game’s greatest international players.
Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, recently released 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football, the company’s first college-only trading card product since reaching exclusive agreements with more than 400 colleges and universities earlier this year. Already, the product is being hailed as a resounding success, bolstered by autographs from more than 100 top 2015 NFL Draft Picks including Jameis Winston (Florida State University), Marcus Mariota (University of Oregon), Amari Cooper (University of Alabama), Kevin White (West Virginia University) and more.
In conjunction with its collegiate licenses, Panini also utilizes its group player rights for rookies and active players through license agreement with NFL Players, Inc. to feature current NFL players in their collegiate uniforms, creating a wider range of product content beyond just players that are entering the NFL.
Since basketball fans and collectors are locked in some sort of cruel waiting game right about now (what with Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals still hours away and the release of Panini America’s 2014-15 Spectra Basketball not arriving until Wednesday), we thought we’d give them something constructive to help pass the time. Today, we offer a revealing pre-ink peek at 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball, easily one of the most anticipated releases of the season.
In the last week or so, Panini America HQ has been on the receiving end of some monumental shipments from the company’s production facility across town — including the hot-off-the-presses cornerstones coming to 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball. But before they could be counted, cataloged, QC’d and readied for expedited shipment to the NBA stars on them for autographs, we grabbed a few must-see pics.
Throughout the 2015 NBA Playoffs so far, no one has made more waves than the Golden State Warriors and their swish-splashing, laser-sighted leading men — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. In last night’s 115-80 trouncing of the Houston Rockets to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the Splash Brothers combined for 57 points, paced by an epic 40-point performance from Curry, the 2014-15 NBA MVP.
With 11 victories in their 13 postseason games to this point, the Warriors have simply reinforced the dominance that saw them win a league-best 67 games during the regular season. And despite timely contributions from up and down the roster, the Warriors are one win away from the NBA Finals thanks chiefly to the combined performance of their dynamic duo.
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.