Never underestimate the transformative power of trading cards. After all, just one look at the new 1981 subset in Panini America’s upcoming 2015 Donruss Baseball release and I’m jettisoned instantly more than 30 years back in time. To be sure, that 1981 Donruss Baseball design is as romantically revered as it is aesthetically simple.
A bold, color border . . . that highlighter-yellow team font that screams “Early Eighties!” . . . a player-name typeface that makes Times New Roman seem exotic . . . that epic, old-school Donruss “d” . . . and great photography. It’s a classic combination that feels just as warm and cozy now as it did back in the day. And it’s the subject a 50-card subset in next Wednesday’s highly anticipated release.
Late last week here on The Knight’s Lance, we brought you preliminary details of a unique wrapper trade-in program being conducted with Panini America’s 2014-15 Donruss Basketball product that released in hobby shops across North America last Wednesday. In that original post, we previewed two of the six cards that are part of the 2015 NBA All-Star-themed program. Today, we’re showing you the rest.
Collectors can participate in the promotion by sending in hobby wrappers from 2014-15 Donruss Basketball to Panini America. For every 24 wrappers submitted and while supplies last, collectors will receive one three-card pack of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball cards featuring NBA All-Star 2015 headliners Andrew Wiggins (BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge MVP), Stephen Curry (Foot Locker Three-Point Contest winner) and Zach LaVine (Sprite Slam Dunk Contest winner).
As monumental as it may have seemed at the time, Panini America’s announcement last week that the fabled Diamond Kings brand would be making a triumphant return to baseball after a decade away may have obscured even bigger news. Indeed, not only is Diamond Kings returning, but baseball’s most powerful diamond king is, too. Babe Ruth is back.
For the first time since 2005, the Great Bambino will have trading cards in a Panini America product. Base cards. Minis. A cut autograph. Epic memorabilia cards. In late April, the Sultan of Swat will become the Sultan of Swatch.
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.