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Panini America VIP Party Steals the Show at 2013 National Convention (Gallery)

August 5, 2013

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — For the second time in as many years, Panini America officials delivered a rocking party for the ages on Saturday night at the National Sports Collectors Convention. As a result, for the second time in as many years, Panini America stole the show.

On a night when meteorically rising special guest Yasiel Puig created a buzz on the Panini party floor at least as big as the massive ice sculpture that anchored the specious and raucous Rosemont Ballroom inside the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Panini America officials entertained customers, partners and special guests while creating a buzz strong enough to last at least until this time next year — and likely much, much longer.

Puig was joined on the VIP guest list by fellow baseball superstars Johnny Damon and Pedro Martinez, NHL legend Chris Chelios, NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and young NBA stars Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson. All the while, the legendary DJ Kool kept the party bouncing with timeless old-school hip-hop tunes and a live rendition of his classic “Let Me Clear My Throat.”

Panini America’s VIP customers in attendance gained entry into the exclusive shindig by spending $7,500 on Panini America product on the 34th National show floor — and the event was sold out in just 48 hours. The overwhelming consensus, however, was that the VIPs got a bargain.

In addition to rubbing elbows with — and receiving autographs from — the special guests, party-goers were treated to good food, good times and special VIP Gold Packs that have started making their way to eBay. The following gallery should provide at least some behind-the-scenes vibe. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of Panini America’s VIP Party, including more images and a complete video recap.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2013 7:34 am

    Looks like a pretty sweet time was had by all!

  2. ericjoshua permalink
    August 5, 2013 9:24 am

    Nice I see The Firehand
    Representing our Hometown!
    Cool shots!
    Next year we are there!

  3. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    August 5, 2013 9:54 am

    Great pics! Looks like everyone had a great time. Damon still looks like he’s in shape to play some more.

    • tlvincent permalink
      August 6, 2013 11:47 am

      I wasn’t checking out Damon, I was enjoying the lovely ladies in “rated rookies” T Shirts

      • Sport Card Collectors permalink
        August 6, 2013 1:15 pm

        Who wasn’t..just didn’t want my wife to read this 😉

  4. Ernest Hebert permalink
    August 5, 2013 12:11 pm

    Fantastic showcase of photo’s Thanks for sharing …really enjoy these

  5. Andrew McKay permalink
    August 5, 2013 12:55 pm

    Looks like a great event, nice way to celebrate the National with some very lucky people.

  6. Trevor G permalink
    August 5, 2013 3:10 pm

    Looks awesome! Love the ice sculpture

  7. August 5, 2013 3:26 pm

    Nothing against any of the athletes but I want a DJ Kool auto!

  8. August 5, 2013 3:28 pm

    Man Chelios looks mean even when he is signing autos, that is one scary dude.

  9. brianped permalink
    August 5, 2013 4:25 pm

    Event was awesome! Thanks again to everyone at Panini.

  10. Kenny permalink
    August 5, 2013 6:21 pm

    Firehands in the house

  11. August 6, 2013 5:34 am

    Every time I see Irving’s mustache I think he’s trying to hide from the cops…great gallery. Thanks Tracy!

  12. August 6, 2013 8:38 am

    Panini America has THE BEST events in the Hobby. I had to stay home to make some money. Next year, I’m going to the NATIONAL for this event!.

  13. August 6, 2013 9:32 am

    Do you have a checklist available for all of the cards in the VIP Gold Packs?

  14. August 6, 2013 3:18 pm

    Had a great time at the VIP Party! Awesome experience. Thanks for hosting such an exciting event!


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