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2009 Playoff Prestige Football Live With No Redemptions

Prestige hits streets next week as the first fully licensed NFL product of the year. Releasing just two weeks after the NFL Draft, each Rookie Card features updated team and draft information.

Officials at Panini America are proud to announce that 2009 Prestige will be released this year with no redemptions.

Hobby boxes will contain four game-used or autograph cards per box (with one autograph guaranteed), while eight of the 12 hobby boxes in a case will contain two autographs (on average).

The launch will again feature Prestigious Picks, cards featuring a swatch of game-used material from actual collegiate jerseys worn by players More >

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Panini Makes a Splash at the Hawaii Trade Conference

By Mike Silvia

Last week the Hawaii Trade Conference was held at the Innisbrook Resort in Tampa Florida. Once a year the conference brings together the leading sports card and memorabilia retailers, distributors and manufacturers for a few days of fun in the sun and serious industry discussions and round-tables. While this year had a low turn out compared to past years, there were a few bright spots that made my visit worth while. First, I got to present my view of how sports card and memorabilia collectors interact online and got to share my best practices on generating traffic to websites. More >

2009 Panini Prestige Football Matthew Stafford Preview

I got a 2009 Matthew Stafford Panini Prestige football card from Panini at the 2009 Hawaii Trade Show.

I expect the card to be the jersey card for the set because it has the thickness of the previous year jersey cards. If you didn’t know, Panini bought Donruss/Playoff this year. That means all products will either have the Donruss/Playoff removed from the brands and just keep the set names or the sets will have the Panini name on the front and/or back. Paninin has yet to finalize this, but expect a decision to be main soon.

Panini to Continue “Black Box” Promotion at Hawaii Trade Show

A new CEO and the return of a popular promotion will be among the highlights of Panini America’s participation in this year’s Hawaii trade conference.

Several Panini America staff members who are familiar faces as former Donruss employees, will be on-hand participating in both the Retailer Roundtable and Meet the Manufacturer events. Panini America will also be introducing its new CEO, Michael Eisenstein, to the industry.

“This has always been a key event for our industry,” said Panini America VP Mike Anderson. “It’s imperative for us to meet and discuss where the industry is headed and introduce the Panini vision to the More >

Panini Acquires Donruss/Playoff

Following a number of positive announcements this year, the Panini Group (the world’s largest publisher of collectibles) has just supplemented its new North American venture with the purchase of the sports trading card business of Donruss Playoff, L.P.

Donruss, from their Arlington Texas headquarters, currently produces trading cards under the famous brand names of Donruss, Playoff, Leaf and Score. Having been established since 1954, Donruss is the second oldest Trading Card Company in the USA and has become especially renowned for their exceptional product quality and innovation capabilities.

Donruss is currently publishing officially licensed products for the NFL (National Football League).

Following the More >