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Panini America On Location: The 2012 NBA Rookie Transition Program (Gallery)

August 17, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — More than 75 of the most talented young basketball players on the planet — rookies from the last two NBA Draft classes — began gathering on the East Coast earlier this week to participate in the 2012 NBA Rookie Transition Program in advance of next week’s 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

All the while, a healthy contingent of Panini America’s own basketball talent — Karvin Cheung, Ivory Tabb, David Porter, Keith Hower and Joe Reyes — have been busy behind the scenes securing autographs and other assets for a slew of the company’s upcoming 2012-13 NBA trading card products.

Things got started in earnest on Thursday with several key members of the 2011 rookie class, including Rookie of the Year and Panini America exclusive Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Bismack Biyombo, Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Jimmer Fredette, JaJuan Johnson and more.

Much of yesterday’s activity revolved around casual conversation and on-card autographs for 2012-13 Threads Basketball. Our team of MVPs on the ground in New Jersey proved it was as adept at multitasking as it is at building compelling products by providing the following images from Day One.

Enjoy, and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates from the 2012 NBA Rookie Transition Program and next week from the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 17, 2012 10:45 am

    Such awesomeness! the sketch cards are always so awesome. Kyries sky is the limit is a unique one. Once again, really enjoy the behind the scenes.

  2. August 17, 2012 10:50 am

    Great looking gallery, love the sketch cards! Thanks as always Tracy

  3. August 17, 2012 11:39 am

    Wooo good that Kyrie can still sign with a banged up hand!

  4. Linard permalink
    August 17, 2012 12:06 pm

    Enticing Indeed.

  5. Jaelynn permalink
    August 17, 2012 12:15 pm

    This looks very interesting and will be checking up on it on Knight’s Lance!

  6. XstreamINsanity permalink
    August 17, 2012 1:11 pm

    Man, that wood Knight AU is fire. I really need to get a hold of one of those.

  7. August 17, 2012 1:23 pm

    So pumped that u guys did the threads away jersey cards again i loved the idea! I also see my boy Fredette signing autos hope he has a sick year! Its gonna be a big year for b-ball r u ready Panini???

  8. August 17, 2012 2:27 pm

    I bet Kryie kills at pictionary

  9. August 17, 2012 11:31 pm

    The Rookie Hardwood from Threads design looks incredible. And really looking forward to the die cut Team Threads, as I am every year.

  10. August 18, 2012 1:45 am

    I dislike the sketch cards personally but the Wood Rookie autos look fantastic, can’t wait for these to be released.

  11. August 18, 2012 6:12 am

    I can’t wait for both of the rookie class stuff to come out! Those Threads card look really noice! Thanks for sharing Tracy!

  12. Jon permalink
    August 19, 2012 8:03 pm

    I like these cards, and will try some packs of the Threads. Hopefully I score a good Rookie auto. I do agree with the others, the Nfl has better artists then the NBA. The ones that were at the National were amazing, like the St louis Rams one. They got some cash now, always can get some lessons. Good luck with the rookie shoot Tracy.


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