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Panini America Documents the ‘Memory of a Lifetime’ at Pro Football Hall of Fame

August 10, 2013


In the span of 14 days and five different cities, the Panini America team pulled off nothing short of a miracle in what will go down as one of busiest and most talked about stretches in company history.  With teams and events in Toronto, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Canton and New Jersey, the Panini America family was everywhere, doing what it does best — putting on a show for collectors and gathering content for the masses.  Panini America Officials were present at the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend to capture the memory of a lifetime for four lucky contest winners.

Back in September of 2012, Panini America launched the “Hall of Fame” contest promotion contest which spanned three products (Gridiron Football, Prestige Basketball & Cooperstown Baseball) and net three lucky winners one trip each to the respective sport’s Hall of Fame, and one really lucky Grand Prize winner, the opportunity of a lifetime with trips to ALL three Hall of Fame induction weekends. For Steven Keen and his 10-year-old son Aaron, it was a weekend they won’t soon forget. To put it in his word’s . . . “it’s the memory of a lifetime.”

Steven and his son were treated to almost every single event the weekend had to offer, including the exclusive 2013 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, the Gameday Hall of Fame Roundtable for the new inductees, and the Hall of Fame Game featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. For the father/son duo from Pekin, Illinois, it was a tremendous bonding experience and unforgettable opportunity to be among the NFL’s all-time greatest players.

Not only were we on hand to capture the memories of the three contest winners, but Panini America representatives Chris Reed and Jeremy Johnson were also front and center at the Hall of Fame Merchandise tent to sample 2013 NFL Sticker Albums, sell 2013 Panini NFL trading cards and conduct impromptu box breaks for eager collectors. The electric atmosphere on the sport’s most hallowed grounds in conjunction with the presence of Panini America and over 120 returning Hall of Fame alumni  were enough to the keep 50th Anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame abuzz.

We’ve put together yet another gigantic photo gallery of entertaining pics along with video interviews from the contest winners themselves. Make sure to leave your feedback in the comments section below and we’ll pick winners both for this contest and this one.

First the video:

Now enjoy the photos:

10 Comments leave one →
  1. ericjoshua permalink
    August 10, 2013 10:21 am

    Great Shots and Footage!
    Definitely a Moment to be remembered.
    Priceless to say!

  2. Mal permalink
    August 10, 2013 10:51 am

    I’m really glad that this contest was won by a parent and child – that’s something they’ll both have for the rest of their lives. A nice way to start the weekend!

  3. Ricky Williams permalink
    August 10, 2013 10:58 am

    Looks like a lot of fun. Great job Panini. The hall of fame cards look great this year. The only problem is the scarcity of the autographs. They seem particularly harder to pull this year. Hopefully I can be there next year 🙂

  4. harynjk permalink
    August 10, 2013 11:17 am

    Seams everyone had a great time there. Thanks for the pics and for the video!

  5. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    August 11, 2013 5:13 am

    Wow. Just awesome. Looks like everyone had a great time. Nice job Panini!

  6. August 11, 2013 8:30 am

    That is great! There is nothing like a bonding experience like this between a father and son. Some day I would love to have an experience like this 🙂 Thanks Panini for all YOU do for us collectors. Great times!

  7. Travis Stevens permalink
    August 11, 2013 11:09 am

    Bandwagon or not, I’m happy any time someone takes an interest in the Seahawks. It just makes the 12th man stronger!

    That’s a pretty great experience for the father/son and the two friends. Winning anything from Panini is pretty cool, but this is an experience that these guys will tell their grand kids about. Congrats guys!

  8. lhalsportscardsandcollectiblesblog permalink
    August 11, 2013 1:16 pm

    Reblogged this on LHAL Sportscards & Collectibles Blog.

  9. August 12, 2013 5:40 am

    Looked like a fun time. Those gold plaques that were being signed looked kind of cool. What are they? A planned insert perhaps?

  10. August 12, 2013 5:42 am

    Looks like a fantastic weekend for everyone, great to see one of my all time favorites Raymond Berry there. Thanks Chris!

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