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.
In conjunction with the North American release last month of the official Copa America Chile 2015 Sticker Collection, Panini America and beIN Sports have teamed up for a special social media initiative that will last throughout the tournament and reward loyal soccer fans with the opportunity to win great prizes such as a trip to the final match in Chile, a beIN Sports studio tour in Miami and national team jerseys.
North American collectors busy completing their official Copa America Chile 2015 Sticker Collections no doubt started participating in the promotion shortly after first cracking their albums, tipped off by beIN Sports ads featured on the inside front and back covers. But just in case you haven’t secured your album just yet, we provide complete contest details after the jump.
For any number of legitimate reasons, we spend a lot of time here on The Knight’s Lance showcasing the hobby side of our products. That’s not to say we look past their retail counterparts; we absolutely don’t. Our products are quite like our children: We love them all equally and we love them a lot. And today, we aim to prove it.
Earlier this morning, Clarke Ford, Panini America’s Retail Sales Director, presented me with a few retail boxes of 2015 Stars & Stripes USA Baseball and 2015 Prizm Baseball, two of our most recent baseball releases. I ripped them open in short order to present the Teaser Gallery that follows.
Early last month, one of the greatest players in college football history dropped by Panini America HQ to visit old friends and sign autographs for upcoming Panini America college football and NFL trading card releases. While he was here, the legendary Ricky Williams made time for a special episode of Panini Unwrapped. Fittingly, the product being busted that day was 2014 National Treasures Football.
Today, we honor the icon’s 38th birthday with a must-see video during which Williams discusses a decorated career that took him from Heisman glory at the University of Texas to superstardom in the NFL and, ultimately, back to UT. Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.