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Panini America’s Bringing the 2013 Industry Summit to You: A Black Box Contest

March 20, 2013

2013 Panini America Black Box Contest

LAS VEGAS — Tuesday at the 2013 Industry Summit provided arguably the most exciting stretch of the entire show, and Panini America was at the center of it all — all day long. The day started with a stirring corporate address from CEO Mark Warsop, Vice President of Marketing Jason Howarth and Vice President of Sales D.J. Kazmierczak inside a rapt Orleans Showroom.

During Panini America’s hour-plus on the stage, company officials broke news (like announcing Panini America’s multiyear exclusive autograph agreement with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg), shared riveting insight into the inner-workings of the company and, for the grand finale, distributed their trademark show-stealing Black Boxes.

In the hours that followed, Panini America’s Howarth and Brian Bayne taped segments with ESPN’s Michele Steele for upcoming episodes of Mint Condition. Not long after that, Panini America teamed with GTS Distribution to produce a riveting Ultimate Case Break for the second straight year.

The following gallery details just some of the day’s highlights, providing a taste of the Summit for those at home who couldn’t make the trip. Trust us when we say,  “You were missed.” Stay tuned after the gallery for details on a special Knight’s Lance contest that will reward a few of our loyal collectors at home.

We hope you enjoyed the gallery. Chances are, you’ll love what we’re about to offer a whole lot more. You see those three Black Boxes in the image at the top of this post? Well, we’re going to give them away — two through another of our Scavenger Hunt contests and one to one lucky fan who leaves a thoughtful comment.

First, details on the comment contest: In the spirit of the 2013 Industry Summit, we’re looking for your candid, conscientious feedback on two key questions: 1. What is it you like most about Panini America? 2. What one suggestion would you give us for improvement?

Leave us your respectfully delivered answers to those two questions — AS A COMMENT TO THIS POST — and we’ll select one winner at random to win a Black Box.

Now, details on the Scavenger Hunt: We’ve hidden the image at the top of this post (the one with the three Black Boxes), twice amid the 2013 Industry Summit Black Box preview galleries that we posted last week (linked below for your convenience). Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find those two hidden images and tell us — AS A COMMENT TO THIS POST — on which two images you found them.

You have until tomorrow (Thursday, March 21) at noon CST to get your entries in for both contests. After the contest deadline, we’ll conduct a random drawing of all correct Scavenger Hunt entries and award two Black Boxes. We’ll also select one lucky commenter to award the third Black Box.

Two contests. Three Black Boxes. And a few things to consider before you begin: We’ll wait to approve all comments until after the entry deadline Thursday, so your comment will appear to you as “pending moderation.” That’s our way of protecting your answers to the Scavenger Hunt so that everyone else can’t see them. To that end, we kindly ask that you keep your Scavenger Hunt answers to yourself until after the deadline. We want to reward those folks who’ve taken the time and effort to find the images.

Got all that? Thanks in advance for your participation. Here are your galleries. Let the hunting (and commenting) begin . . .

Seeing Green: Panini America Drops Special Insert in 2013 Industry Summit Black Boxes

Summit Signatures: Panini America Peeks 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Autos

Black Box Intrigue: Panini America Readies Rare Gems for 2013 Industry Summit

399 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2013 11:18 am

    I truly love Panini and sure everyone says this when entering a contest. I genuinely say this partly because you continually improve your products by pushing the idea of what a sports card can entail and also by pushing the idea of social media in sports cards. I have witnessed your products grow in quality over the years and as a hockey fan, I am overwhelmed by the quality in design, concept, and return of investment you put into every box; all of this is epitomized in last year’s Dominion that blew me away. My only sour note is in baseball. I love baseball to the same degree as hockey but rarely feel the return when opening a baseball product. When opening a baseball product I expect to find a few prospect cards, but also expect a few established names; I am specifically referring to the hits in the way of relic or autographs. In hockey I know I will hit a few rookie autos or relic cards of players who may or may not make an impact in the game. But I also know in hockey I will find one or more established name hits like Price, Hull, or Thornton. I would like to see the same ratio of prospect and established name hits in baseball. I am beginning to see that in your recent product of NT and with the recent exclusive signing of Strathsburg. While the MLB license is currently out of reach, if Panini continues down the road of offering a solid mix of prospect and established name hits in baseball I know I will begin to collect these cards as much as I already collect hockey cards.

    As for Panini’s usage of social media, it is absolutely unparalleled. It has begun to inspire your competitors and is making the entire hobby better for it. Your spokesmen like Prusha are charismatic, energetic, and seemingly genuine in their love for the products Panini produces. I eagerly look forward to each and every video, tweet, and post that your team pushes forward. It is creating a community within card collecting that has always been there but never had a unified voice or rallying point, which your team is fostering and encouraging! While listing all of this praise I find myself stumped as to what could be improved or expanded upon. Your social media team is incredible and I can find no fault in the way they have represented Panini or the card collecting industry as a whole. All I can say is that I eagerly look forward to where your team will go in the realm of social media!

    thanks for the contest and thanks for making card collecting fun!

  2. Nick Mikulicich Jr. permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:19 am

    What I like most about Panini America is its consumer-friendly attitude. Things like posting SP quantities and asking for feedback make collecting the products more pleasant.

    Suggestion for improvement – more focus on photography in high-end sets. An image of the player against a background is inferior to a game-type photo.

  3. Angelo D'orazio permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:21 am

    1. Carmelo Anthony Card (6)
    2. Lebron James Threads Third (76)

  4. Josh DiDo permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:23 am

    1. Carmelo (6) First Gallery
    2. Lebron James Third Gallery #76

  5. Kelly J permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:25 am

    Carmelo Anthony Select Card (6) and the Lebron Panini Threads 12/13 (76)

  6. Josh Mintz permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:44 am

    1. What is it you like most about Panini America?
    I like that there are both lower-end sets that I can collect with my son, and higher-end sets that are, well, for me!
    2. What one suggestion would you give us for improvement?
    Too many products – there are upwards of 15 basketball products, and that just seems like overkill. I’d rather see fewer, better sets than a slew of products.

    Images: I went over them backwards and forwards, and could only find one:
    3rd gallery, image #76 (Lebron James)

  7. March 21, 2013 11:45 am

    1) I enjoy Panini because you offer such a wide array of products from affordable to the rare hard to get stuff that is for the uber collector…
    2) Not much on the improvement front, and I know it would be near impossible, but if all autos were on card…

  8. Josh Mintz permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:49 am

    Please Note: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    1. What is it you like most about Panini America?
    I like that there are both lower-end sets that I can collect with my son, and higher-end sets that are, well, for me!
    2. What one suggestion would you give us for improvement?
    Too many products – there are upwards of 15 basketball products, and that just seems like overkill. I’d rather see fewer, better sets than a slew of products.

    1st gallery, image #6 (Carmelo Anthony)
    3rd gallery, image #76 (Lebron James)

  9. sigmachi13 permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:53 am

    1. What is it you like most about Panini America?
    Lots of hits in the boxes

    2. What one suggestion would you give us for improvement?
    More veteran autographs, fewer rookie autos

    First image: 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Select (6 – Carmelo Anthony)
    Second image: 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Mem (76 – Lebron James)

  10. Justin permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:57 am

    Last second entry. Here are where I found the two hidden images. Thanks for the contest.

    Panini America 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Select (6)

    Panini America 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Mem (76)

  11. Nick Mikulicich Jr. permalink
    March 21, 2013 11:58 am

    These are awful to look at closely. I think one is on
    Right border on Alex Morgan auto [Panini America 2013 Industry Summit Autos (95)].
    I can’t find the other.
    And I now have a headache.

  12. March 21, 2013 12:00 pm

    Panini’s value and interest level in its product development are what make you the best. Continued exclusive contracts with exceptional athletes continue to push the envelope. Great photography and amazing technology in your cards show your pride. An awesome Jackie Robinson set would be a neat addition. Continue to sign prospects and rookies.

  13. Sean permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:03 pm

    I actually love this site the most about Panini products. You guys give great previews of every product and you keep us informed on all the new stuff.
    The thing you guys need to focus on is redemptions. Too many times I’ve opened your product to find multiple redemptions in the box. Way too many of them out there.

  14. Sean permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:29 pm

    Found the picture in the Lebron Threads Patch #76 in the black box memorabilia preview.

  15. Nick Rotter permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:32 pm

    Seeing Green: Panini America Drops Special Insert in 2013 Industry Summit Black Boxes- Carmelo Anthony card number 6 at bottom of the card just below select.
    Black Box Intrigue: Panini America Readies Rare Gems for 2013 Industry Summit- LeBron James card number 76 hidden in the crowd over LeBrons right shoulder.

  16. Eduardo Rodriguez permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:55 pm

    What i like about panini products is the variety pf products. The is a product for every type of collector. And the panini quality is the best. The one thing that i would suggest to improve is the time it takes to recieve a redemption card. im still waiting for my past and present draft 2011 rookie card.

  17. Justin S permalink
    March 21, 2013 12:57 pm

    I love the fact that you post the Short print lists and the innovation of the company’s designs. What I think needs improvement is the redemption department and the amount of autograph variations per player, because it brings the value of an amazing card down. Another thing that could be improved is to try and cut down on the amount of sticker autographs because over time they tend to peel and it also allows dishonest people more of a chance to make forgeries, which is being seen more and more on ebay and other second hand sites. Overall Panini does take time and effort in making their products and as a big time collector i do enjoy collecting panin. Thank you for the chance to win one of the 3 black boxes!

  18. Mark Knowles permalink
    March 21, 2013 1:02 pm

    I could only find 1 Carmelo Anthony black box summit number 6

  19. Nhoj permalink
    March 21, 2013 1:48 pm

    Whew!!!This contest was SO tough and challenging !
    It took me a whopping 38 hours just to found only one:
    Panini America 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Mem (76) – Panini Threads Authentic Threads Lebron
    My nose already bleeds but I cannot find the other one but I’m not complaining in fact I enjoyed it.More challenges? Bring It On! For the meantime I will head to my bed now maybe in my dreams I can figure out the other answer :D zzzzzzzzzz

  20. peter alvarnaz permalink
    March 21, 2013 2:02 pm

    questions: 1. What is it you like most about Panini America?
    I collect panini product for their sheer beauty of the cards.I love the thick stock used in making the the high end auto books.These look awsome on my mantles.
    2. What one suggestion would you give us for improvement?
    I know panani does thier best to get peoples redemtions out but a little less redemtions and more in box autos would be spectacular!

  21. Justin S permalink
    March 21, 2013 2:04 pm

    1-the first hidden photo is from the first link seeing green on the Carmello Card from the select pack and it is labeled Panini America 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Select (6)

    2- the second hidden image is from the third link black box intrigue on the Lebron James card from panini threads and it is labeled Panini America 2013 Industry Summit Black Box Mem (76)

    This was a great contest and it was pretty hard to find those little ghosted images, but I hope I found the right ones! I have never won any contest like this in my life so just that fact would be amazing and the super bonus is getting a one of a kind card that would become the headliner of my life long PC. All the dealers are going to want a small mortgage payment for one of these amazing cards for the unlucky people who didn’t win one of the only 3 boxes available, so good luck to everyone that isn’t blessed with a ton of money but loves collecting.

  22. mark r. permalink
    March 21, 2013 3:22 pm

    1. Innovative Designs, Interesting Concepts, Great Customer Service
    2. Reduce overall number of products, less redemptions

  23. Nathan K permalink
    March 22, 2013 12:23 am

    any winners yet?

  24. Carlos permalink
    March 22, 2013 8:18 am

    Great contest

  25. March 22, 2013 9:26 am

    stop witht he IOU redemption, for a starter,maybe less product mite get less redemption

  26. March 22, 2013 11:59 am

    Don’t know what else to say at this point other than, “Wow!” You folks are tremendous. Your feedback and enthusiasm is off the charts. And we thank you — sincerely — for your participation. As much as we’d love to give every last one of you a Black Box, well, that’s just not possible. As originally stated, we have awarded three Black Boxes. But in addition, and as a result of your tremendous level of participation, we’ve awarded some bonus prizes, too — primarily the hits from the Knight’s Lance’s spots in the Ultimate Case Break from this week’s Industry Summit. Thanks again for your participation. With that, the winners, with the help of, are . . .
    Stimme (Black Box), MattyIceASU (Black Box), Paul Smith (Black Box), hudsonfan15 (bonus), samb82 (bonus), Keith S. (bonus) and Michael Pereira (bonus). Thanks again to everyone. Winners, we’ll be in touch.

    • March 22, 2013 12:16 pm

      As much as I would have loved to win one of these…Im very happy for each of u that did:-) Congrats everyone!!!:-)

    • March 22, 2013 12:58 pm

      I am honored and humbled to have been selected as a winner for this contest, I hope my comment was well received on your end Tracy. I’m still hoping that other idea I had eventually comes to fruition, the one you edited out of a previous comment to run up your chain of command. I will be sure to post a video when the bonus comes in, to show everyone what it turns out to be. Thanks to you Tracy and everyone at Panini America!

    • March 22, 2013 2:10 pm

      Awesome, baby!! Thanks a million!

      • hudsonfan15 permalink
        April 3, 2013 7:15 pm

        Can you post your prize in either photos or video somewhere? Mine should be up on my YouTube channel shortly!

    • Paul Smith permalink
      March 22, 2013 10:06 pm

      OH MAN THIS IS AWESOME!!! Thanks Tracy! Thanks @paniniCSM! Thanks Panini! This was a great contest, and I literally just read every single comment on here and it was really cool to see what everyone had to say! I am sure you (Tracy, Panini) got a TON of valuable feedback here. Even though you are THE BEST, there is always room for improvement! :) I can’t wait to get the box! Thanks again!


    • March 23, 2013 9:32 pm

      Congrats to the winners. I’m envious of you all. hehe. ;) Hope you get a good pull from your Black Boxes. And make sure to post here what you pull! ;)

    • hudsonfan15 permalink
      April 3, 2013 4:07 pm

      Got my prize today (it may have been here for awhile, FedEx FTL AGAIN!) and I’m pleasantly surprised with the Black Box 1/1 Limited Jumbo patch of Tyler Seguin. No idea who he is but it’s a great looking card. Thanks again Tracy!

      • April 3, 2013 7:02 pm

        Got mine yesterday. The Black Box SELECT green basketball cards are very cool and of course…….OOOOOOOOOOO SHINY!

        Thanks again Tracy for another awesome contest. You rock!

  27. Andrew McKay permalink
    March 22, 2013 1:23 pm

    Congrats to all the winners, good luck with what you find in your BlackBoxes, and thank you to Tracy and Panini for continuing with the amazing contests and everything you do.

  28. Adam Frank permalink
    March 22, 2013 1:57 pm

    1. I like most is the variety in your products as well as number of products that are cost friendly $3-8 per pack the other company whom shall not be named either has $2 or $20 not much range for volume collectors like myself, also a quick note PaniniCSM on twitter has been a god send in clearing up messes so shout out to him.

    2. the thing that can be most improved would be the length on expiration dates of redemptions, i love going back and buying older products, but sometimes am pushed away by expired deadlines. Thanks!!!!!

    Adam – Buffalo

  29. Eric Cabreros permalink
    March 22, 2013 2:46 pm

    Thanks for this super awesome Contest!
    Lots of responses!

    The inputs are totally great to read!

    Congratulations to winners!
    Well deserved!

    Thanks again!

  30. Smithy-the Card Smither permalink
    March 22, 2013 3:00 pm

    Congratulations to winners-thanks again Panini for your tremendous giveaways. Looking forward to seeing what these black boxes have delivered:)

  31. Thomas permalink
    March 23, 2013 12:51 pm

    Your not going to put any “redemptions” in the black boxes are you? I kid, I kid, take it I’m not going to win anything….

  32. MattyIceASU permalink
    March 25, 2013 3:06 pm

    Thank you so much Tracy and Panini for the contest! As others have said, encouraging feedback from collectors is another reason why Panini is the best in the business.

  33. Ryan Anthony Untalan permalink
    March 28, 2013 8:50 am

    Thank you for the opportunity in possibly winning a rare box.

    1. What is it you like most about Panini America?

    Panini has shown great effort in reaching out to every collector of all ages by producing products such as Taco Bell Hoops (for the kid and kids at heart) to Panini Past and Present which features some of the older greats ( for our Dads and Paps to recollect the good old days). Panini has also produced products such as the Panini and Panini Updates which caters to beginner collectors and products such as National Treasures for high end collectors. The diversity and creativity of the Panini team has given us , the consumers the ability to choose products that fits our taste in collecting without sacrificing the piggy bank.

    2. What one suggestion would you give us for improvement?

    I have 2 suggestions i think will actually help not just the Panini Brand further improve their name but will surely make collectors even happier.
    First , making sure all pending redemptions are either completed by prioritizing them in the production so the turn around does not take more than 2-4 months of waiting or if the card/s are impossible to produce, i guess it would be nice to make a public announcement that cards are not going to be produced, officially taken out from the checklist , and replaced with a similar card of value.
    Second suggestion is something directed to the creative team of panini. Designs have been really nice in the last few products i’ve seen but since both active and retired players are being featured in a lot of the products, it would be awesome to see some of these players in their different uniforms as well. Mitch Richmond in Lakers or USA Basketball uniform would be a nice example.

  34. February 25, 2014 10:52 pm

    1. I love your high end cards. This year I was especially into the 2013 Panini Black Football and the 2013 Panini Playbooks. I think all your products are of very high quality and you make the cards look not only elegant, but eye catching for the buyer and collector at the same time.

    2. I know redemptions take forever because you need to work with the players. For me I like to open boxes and see the card right away without having to wait for it to come in the mail. If it all possible if you can get rid of redemptions, you give the customer instant gratification which is what makes card collecting so exciting, also it will save Panini money on shipping and handling. So in all, if you don’t have the player to sign, I would stop putting them in packs or make sure they are in there so people have that excitement to show what they got to other people and that to me is what makes it so exciting to collect and open packs.

  35. February 25, 2014 10:54 pm

    Oops I guess I got the date wrong. I thought it was March 2014 not 2013 LOL!

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