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04-30-2013, 04:51 AM #1
Panini America Previews 2013 Toronto Spring Expo Details
With the 2013 Toronto Spring Expo set to take place this weekend at the Toronto International Centre, Panini America will be offering collectors the chance at a unique Team Colors set with the purchase of a box. Thru an exclusive partnership with Universal Distributors in Canada, collectors that bring an unopened box of 2012-13 Certified Hockey, 2012-13 Classics Signatures Hockey or 2012-13 Limited Hockey will receive one of the complete sets.
The 10-card Team Colors set features key names such as Taylor Hall, P.K. Subban and Jonathan Quick.
Panini has also created two unique Patrick Roy cards to honor the Hall of Famer and his appearance at the show. Collectors that visit their local hobby shop and bring the passport coupon to the Universal booth with get their choice of one of the cards (while supplies last). One card features Roy in his Canadiens uniform while the other pays tribute to his time with the Avalanche.
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04-30-2013, 11:39 AM #2
Compared to what ITG and Upper Deck are doing at the show, this is a pretty weak effort by Panini. Unless there's more to come in the next 2-3 days from them, they're not putting forth a lot of incentive to people to stop by their booth and bust product.
04-30-2013, 12:42 PM #3
Not only do I agree with you, but I will go even furthur and suggest that this is a slap in the face. With the year that the hockey market has gone through, you would think they they would have gone above and beyond to reward the collectors for hanging in there and continuing to buy their products despite the lack of rookie content and everything else. I see here a total lack of effort and support. You dropped the bomb here PANINI!!!
04-30-2013, 04:33 PM #4
I agree. Rather disappointing from Panini. However Upper Deck really stepped up their game so maybe having Panini around pushed them to do so.
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05-01-2013, 10:41 AM #9
I would even say that Panini has put forth a much stronger set of product releases in 12-13 so far, while UD has cooled off significantly... and yet this 10-card set that Panini is having Universal give away on their behalf, is worse than the 15-card National Hockey Card Day sets UD gives away annually (for free). Seriously, even if I was given a 10-card set for free, would I even care, or have a purpose for it?
Harri, I also happen to like the ITG redemption cards from the expos. ITG always has a very strong presence at the Expo. Lots of vintage memorabilia on display to drool over, games to play, lots of free prizes being given away, they're the only ones who specifically set something up to cater to the kids who are there, and any collector who wishes to walk up to Dr.Price and have a conversation is free/able to do so. The cards themselves offer the kind of variety you'd expect. Not everyone is going to walk away with a free Jacques Plante GU card.... but some will.Please stand by.
05-01-2013, 11:52 AM #10
I have, and will continue to do so on a consistent basis, praised the card companies in any area where they make an extra effort to reward their customers for their loyalty and, in the case of the Expo redemptions, their hard-earned hobby dollars.