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Panini America’s Next Day Autos Impress Monday at 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

August 6, 2013

Panini America 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Next Day (25)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sequestered for two days in a sleepy but supple hotel in northern New Jersey, 37 of the most promising rookies in the NBA spent the better part of Sunday and Monday helping Panini America officials make basketball card magic. They were in New Jersey to take part in the two-day Rookie Transition Program prior to today’s 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in Tarrytown, N.Y.

In addition to knocking out a huge chunk of their signing responsibilities for Panini America’s upcoming 2013-14 NBA trading card calendar, the rookies also helped turn the company’s popular Next Day Autographs in record time.

They slipped on their new NBA jerseys for grip-and-grin photographs throughout the day on Sunday. By Monday at 1 p.m., the finished trading cards arrived back at the host hotel on an extremely expedited shipment of precious cargo that was met with rave reviews as soon as it arrived.

After a few priceless moments of breathless inspection, each of the players began autographing 100 of their first official NBA trading cards for insertion later this year into 2013-14 Panini Basketball. We’ve provided a must-see examination of most of the cards — as well as some cool shots of the players signing them — in the gallery below.

Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance on Tuesday when the action moves across state lines for the 2013 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in New York. Follow along all day on the @PaniniAmerica Twitter account and the hash tag #PaniniNBARookie.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. PinoyKingJames permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:16 am

    Holy Mojos!
    New Rookie Class Means More Mojos!
    Too bad theres no more double rookie class!
    I enjoyed being able to pull Kyrie and Anthony Davis!
    Cant wait to collect the boxes!

  2. ericjoshua permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:21 am

    Hahaha! Some rookies are even taking Pictures of their first NBA Cards
    when will this cards be out and what Product?

  3. August 6, 2013 9:30 am

    These cards look great! Good to see you guy’s are better prepared for this years draft class.

    Still think it is kind of ironic you’ll prob be able to get signed cards from this years draft class before you manage to get your XRC redemptions from 2011

  4. Alex permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:48 am

    I can’t wait to get my hands on an MCW rookie autograph!!

  5. Wally permalink
    August 6, 2013 9:52 am

    Thanks for sharing a behind the scenes look, would be great to see more of these with the cards being produced/auto’d/packed out – neat to see the process. I need to study up on my hoops stars, because I haven’t heard of a single player who was there!

  6. August 6, 2013 10:12 am

    Best signature is easily Shane Larkin, but hairdo is easily Nerlens Noel.

  7. Zac permalink
    August 6, 2013 10:38 am

    The Caldwell-Pope sig is just embarrassing. Luckily there are a couple of Detroit rookies to collect.

    • Richard Sandanam permalink
      August 6, 2013 12:46 pm

      tell me about it. I totally hate it and I think it will hurt his collecting value

  8. paolo12345 permalink
    August 6, 2013 11:25 am

    KCP??? Common, everyone can write KCP.. SMH

  9. August 6, 2013 11:46 am

    On Card Autos in a low end product!!! Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

  10. JDetter permalink
    August 6, 2013 11:48 am

    The Bullock looks awesome!! Did yall go over with the players to make the autos look nice since we are paying for them? They all look good except Caldwell Pope, he has no excuses if Giannis can sign his name.

  11. tlvincent permalink
    August 6, 2013 11:49 am

    Giannis has shortened his auto I see, thank god

  12. Richard Sandanam permalink
    August 6, 2013 12:49 pm

    I love the Ricky Ledo sig! So classy and nice! Would look good in signatures!

  13. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:14 pm

    Great looking stuff. I am really interested in which rookies will stand out this year. Not many big names so could be some surprises.

  14. Anthony Bennett Fan permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:33 pm

    I love all of these autos it makes me want to go out and buy ever single panini america product. KCP has the worst signature by far and will never get me to buy that for all I care I could print a picture out of him and write K. C. P. #5 it is a s good as authentic to me and to anybody else. I will purchase all of the other autos though keep ’em coming Panini I love it!

  15. Ariful permalink
    August 6, 2013 3:34 pm

    Hi Tracy, it was a pleasure meeting you at the 2013 Rookie Photo Shoot. Thanks for the interview.

    • August 6, 2013 4:44 pm

      Great meeting you too, man. Congratulations again on winning the Starting Five contest. Glad you had a good time today. Let’s do it again soon.

  16. August 6, 2013 3:45 pm

    no Steven Adams?

    • August 6, 2013 4:43 pm

      No, he’s here and we got him. Just didn’t have a card handy to show.

      • ekalb permalink
        August 7, 2013 4:24 am

        Good to hear Tracy. He is going to be real popular with us Kiwi collectors!

  17. gregmalloy permalink
    August 6, 2013 4:09 pm

    Did Kelly olnyk play for a college?

  18. Ryan permalink
    August 6, 2013 4:23 pm

    Any chance of fulfilling outstanding redemptions first??

  19. August 7, 2013 5:44 am

    Some solid autos up there, I like the design and some of the guys looked to be pretty excited about signing. Thanks Tracy!

  20. January 13, 2014 3:33 pm

    Is 2013-14 Panini Basketball released yet? If not, when will it be released? Can’t wait to see these hard-signed rookie cards!


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