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Panini America On Location: A Stacked Day Two at the 2012 NBA Rookie Transition

August 18, 2012

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Things took a decidedly high-brow turn for Panini America Friday during the second day at the 2012 NBA Rookie Transition Program. Such is the case when 6-10 sensation Anthony Davis enters the room sporting the hippest, highest-altitude unibrow in the history of sports.

Much has been made of Davis’ trademarked solitary brow, and on Friday he continued having fun with it by devoting two of his three Panini America Sketch Cards to his foremost facial feature. The result? Two hair-praising pieces of handiwork — one featuring the inscription “Fear the Brow!!” and another urging readers simply to “Brow Down.”

But Davis — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and an NCAA and Olympic champion — was far from alone in making a positive impression Friday. In all, more than 45 players from the 2011 and 2012 NBA Draft classes made their way through the Panini America room on Friday, including fellow Panini America exclusives Austin Rivers, Doc’s son and Davis’ New Orleans Hornets teammate, John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Andre Drummond.

Panini America officials punctuated the day-long cavalcade of NBA talent by sitting down with each player to secure autographs and other content for the company’s upcoming 2012-13 NBA products. Much of the action is captured in the revealing Day Two gallery that follows.

Next up? The 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot that tips off bright and early Tuesday morning. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance next week for complete coverage of that star-studded event. But for now, simply enjoy the entertaining sights from Panini America’s Friday at the 2012 NBA Rookie Transition.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Student of the Game permalink
    August 18, 2012 9:31 am

    The NBA brand needs Panini! Nice work, Tracy!

  2. Koube permalink
    August 18, 2012 9:46 am

    can’t wait

  3. FabFiveFan permalink
    August 18, 2012 9:50 am

    Great looking cards, totally in love with the wood-look autos, already saving for a case of Threads. What series are the sketch cards going to released in?

  4. August 18, 2012 10:06 am

    By the look of it Threads is gonna be sick this year! Is there a release date for it yet?

  5. Matt Gilman permalink
    August 18, 2012 10:23 am

    Are there going to be Tristan Thompson Rated Rookie memorabilia?? 😉

    Great behind the scenes!

  6. August 18, 2012 11:22 pm

    The “Fear the Brow” card is hysterical

  7. Jordan permalink
    August 19, 2012 1:19 pm

    You guys did it again Tracy! I am loving the look of the cards. Very unique & different but yet classey & fun to look at! What day will Threads be coming out? Also is Threads like a Past and Present set up? 3 Autos & 1 Memor. card a box? Thanks man! THUNDER UP!

  8. August 19, 2012 1:20 pm

    GREAT looking gallery, thanks Tracy!

  9. ingram permalink
    August 19, 2012 9:40 pm


  10. Linard permalink
    August 21, 2012 6:04 am

    I am absolutley beginning to fall in love with sketch cards. Will they be slabbed? I think I know that answer. Will they be redemptions within the product?


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