Panini America’s highly anticipated 2015 Donruss Soccer finally hit hobby-shop shelves across the globe yesterday, giving international collectors their long-awaited opportunity to crack the first Donruss-branded soccer release in trading card history. We brought you an extended peek at the product last week with the well-received Quality Control Gallery, and then followed that this week with a one-box Teaser Gallery. Today, we’re bringing you the world-premiere Panini Unwrapped episode.
After the jump, watch as Panini America’s Tracy Hackler and product Brand Manager Aik Tongtharadol break one 24-pack box. All the while, Tongtharadol dishes out some inside knowledge on how the product came together. Enjoy the video and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of 2015 Donruss Soccer.
For the first time in more than 10 years, longtime fans of the art-card genre finally have another Gridiron Kings to call their very own, thanks to today’s release of 2015 Gridiron Kings Football. To help celebrate the momentous occasion, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout this afternoon sat down with two boxes of the product and some itchy busting fingers.
To find out what these particular boxes included, watch the must-see episode of Panini Unwrapped. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage of 2015 Gridiron Kings Football.
Etch it in your calendars now. In early December, Panini America’s majestic, micro-etched marvel known as Totally Certified Basketball returns for another enchanting season of parallel colors, rich rookie content, strong autograph and memorabilia checklists and a few new twists to entice longtime brand loyalists. This year, the product will be a predominant international release but there will be limited U.S. distribution.
Set to release on December 9, each box of 2015-16 Totally Certified Basketball (five cards per pack, four packs per box) will deliver one autograph, three memorabilia cards, four numbered parallels and one insert. As if the return of Totally Certified’s brilliant etched parallels wasn’t enough, the product also includes the new micro-etched Camo parallel and the Certified Competitors Autographs insert.
Later this year, Panini America will celebrate what was a banner year for U.S. Soccer with its first-ever U.S. Soccer Box Set, an all-encompassing tribute to the players and successes of both the U.S. Women’s and U.S. Men’s National Teams in 2015. Each 2015 U.S. Soccer Box Set will include 75 cards, including one autograph, two memorabilia cards, 48 base cards, two team checklists, 15 Memorable Moments cards and seven parallels.
The set includes the full World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team roster along with many of the U.S. Men’s National Team Gold Cup and international friendly players. The offering is bolstered by the addition of USA Silhouette Signatures autograph memorabilia cards and USA Dual Memorabilia cards.
As you’ve no doubt seen by now, tomorrow’s release of Panini America’s 2015 Gridiron Kings Football has plenty to offer fans and collectors who’ve been without the product for more than 10 years. Most of the brand staples that collectors coveted before and have come to expect — such as colorful cards that look more like works of art, Framed parallels and more — are back in a big way.
But there’s at least one surprise element in the product that longtime Gridiron Kings devotees might not expect: College Variations in the base set. Ten of the NFL’s biggest superstars are pulling double duty within the 2015 Gridiron Kings Football base set by appearing in both their current NFL uniforms and in their college uniforms. And trust us when we tell you: The college variations are super tough, falling at a rate of roughly one every two cases.
Panini America is reuniting some of the greatest athletes in Alabama Crimson Tide history for the company’s upcoming 2015 University of Alabama trading card set that’s on its way to retailers now. The unique set features a 50-card base set honoring the school’s most decorated athletes, alumni, athletic structures and traditions.
The 80-card base set features Silver, Gold (numbered to 25) and Black (numbered to 10) parallels, as does the Honors insert that pays tribute to the school’s many award-winners. The set also delivers a Signatures autograph insert (featuring Silver versions numbered to 99 or less, Gold versions numbered to 25 or less and Black versions numbered to 10 or less). The Memorabilia insert features pieces of player-worn memorabilia and also is paralleled by Silver and Black versions.