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Showstoppers: Panini America Previews the Black Box Hits Headed to Industry Summit

March 9, 2012

The anticipation is palpable. Panini America’s Black Boxes are coming.

With the 2012 Industry Summit now less than two weeks away, Panini America officials — including project point man Scott Prusha — are steadfastly putting the finishing touches on the legendary Black Boxes that have come to virtually define one of the sports collectibles industry’s most important events. And if the saying is true that dynamite comes in small packages, those attending this year’s Summit should prepare themselves for a most explosive experience.

To be sure, the laborious, hand-picked process of assembling these Black Box beauties is a massive undertaking. The payoff, of course, is that it produces some of the most gorgeous must-have cards in the hobby every year. For an exclusive sneak peek of this year’s collection-making cornerstones, check out the massive — and we mean “massive” — gallery below.

The cards used to create the Black Box hits include small quantities of overruns from our roster of products printed specifically for inclusion in Black Boxes and for other hobby marketing promotions. After Prusha puts the finishing touches on the hand-crafted checklist, the cards are then hand-collated and turned over to production.

Every Black Box built for the 2012 Industry Summit will include a slabbed prime memorabilia or autographed card numbered to only one. But many boxes will include additional surprises ranging from special promo cards, limited-edition memorabilia and some surprises you’ll have to see to believe.

Panini America has been wowing show attendees since delivering the first Black Boxes in 2002. Now the signature end to the company’s Summit-wide address, “Black Box” day has become one of the highlights of the show. After looking at the following images, you’ll understand why.

We’ll have much more coverage on the 2012 Industry Summit next week, including details on how folks at home can get in on the Black Box act. Stay tuned.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Jamey permalink
    March 9, 2012 11:40 am

    Goodness! Looking at that gallery my hands got all twitchy-anxious for a box to break. I’m digging on the idea of assembling mixed material boxes comprised of prime materials. Very cool!

  2. March 9, 2012 11:46 am

    When will the checklist for this be released??

  3. Den1013 permalink
    March 9, 2012 11:55 am

    Truly amazing! That deserves a Tebowing moment 🙂

  4. Matt Gilman permalink
    March 9, 2012 11:56 am

    Once again I am left speechless. Incredible stuff!! Wow! I don’t know what else to say. Just stunned.

  5. charles faires permalink
    March 9, 2012 11:57 am

    i wish they would get this excited about my redemption that i have been waiting for for 2yrs +

  6. Adam permalink
    March 9, 2012 12:01 pm

    Nice. Can’t wait to get mine at the IS.

  7. jaymes hori permalink
    March 9, 2012 12:24 pm

    …Great Googa Mooga!…

  8. Brad permalink
    March 9, 2012 12:33 pm

    Beautiful cards. Can’t wait to find out how someone that can’t make it might have a chance to get one of these.

  9. March 9, 2012 12:48 pm

    One of the best collections of sports card I’ve ever seen, it almost makes me want to open a store to get invited to the Summit!

  10. March 9, 2012 1:39 pm

    Wow –that about covers it!!!

  11. Ryan permalink
    March 9, 2012 1:52 pm

    Like the mention of including us at home. Can’t wait to hear how this will happen!

  12. March 9, 2012 1:57 pm

    If only I wasn’t saving for a wedding and could of attended the Summit this year…I would of loved to get my hands on one of these and open one to see the amazing treasures Panini has inside them.

  13. Greg Malloy permalink
    March 9, 2012 3:29 pm

    I gotta get that Tom Brady card. That’s is sweet

  14. March 9, 2012 4:24 pm

    I don’t collect football cards(love hockey)but those are some awsome looking cards.You’ve really outdone yourself with this product Panini;)

  15. Nick Gauder permalink
    March 9, 2012 5:30 pm

    WOW is right!!! I wish i could buy one of those Black Boxes!! Good luck to everybody does get one though! Great work as always Panini!!!!!

  16. March 9, 2012 6:47 pm

    I agree, hopefully we who CAN’T make it to IS because we live so far away and in some cases like mine also being disabled and can’t even drive or fly there, will have a chance somehow to win one or obtain one somehow…….would really LOVE to get a Black Box this year….I also missed the last one, so hopefully Panini can come out with a way for us 🙂 I either case, Good Luck if there is! Thanks Panini for ANOTHER Outstanding and UNBELIEVABLE SET! AAA +++++ ! ! ! !

  17. KRIS REED permalink
    March 10, 2012 1:22 am


  18. Curtis permalink
    March 10, 2012 3:52 am

    Cards look great…however, I wish Panini would focus a little bit of attention on its every day customer. Overflow products? Maybe they should actually be inserted into the products they were intended for, or maybe use them as the replacements for the thousands of redemptions that may or may not be redeemed in the next 5 years. A tip, respond to your customers on your website when they have ?’s…

  19. March 10, 2012 7:10 pm

    Hey Tracy how do I get ahold of you regarding a 1/1 NBA Hoops Dream Team Auto Set thats just been completed?

    • March 12, 2012 1:48 pm

      I can be reached at or by phone 917-612-2515. Its a 1991 NBA HOOPS Dream Team Set containing autographed copies of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, David Robinson, Magic Johnson, Chris Mullin, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, PJ Carlesimo, Coach Mike K, Lenny Wilkens, and Chuck Daly.

      I know how important the new NBA Hoops brand is for Panini so I thought I would let you know about this set I just completed. The Jordan has already been Authenticated (PSA DNA) The rest will be sent in a slabbed as soon as the last couple of cards are in hand.

  20. March 11, 2012 7:27 am

    Dear Panini Santa,
    Last year’s Summit Panini Black Box netted me a Tayor Hall Auto Patch RC 1/1. Thanks, it was great! This year, I am not asking for much. It doesn’t have to be an auto. The Black Box Patch Cards look GREAT. All I want for Summit is the above Totally Certified Green Emerald Kobe Bryant Patch….. See you in Vegas….

  21. maty3456 permalink
    March 13, 2012 6:31 pm

    Are these available in retail?

  22. March 14, 2012 9:32 am

    Wow! Those are amazing! I have never had hands on these. How do you go about getting these? I want some now!!

    • March 14, 2012 12:06 pm

      They are distributed to registered attendees of the Industry Summit. The 2012 edition takes place next week in Las Vegas.

    • Scott Kading Sr. permalink
      April 2, 2012 7:06 pm

      Keep dreamin tom those is reserved fo da man!

  23. Scott Kading Sr. permalink
    March 19, 2012 7:25 pm

    Look at all those beautiful cards. Now I know why I cant get any nice cards. Hell I cant even get a bandaide autograph of Daryl Washington ( yea who?) #d/299, thats ok Terry, Imeen Tracy. HAVE FUN IN VEGAS!

  24. SteveJ permalink
    March 24, 2012 10:29 pm

    I was lucky enough to pull that Aaron Rodgers Patch/Auto 1/1 today !!! Fantastic card !!! I’m not a Rodgers collector so I threw it up on eBay today.

  25. Scott Kading Sr. permalink
    April 2, 2012 7:03 pm



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