One of the greatest things about any holiday season is our penchant for sticking steadfastly to tried and true traditions that bring us joy, rekindle fond memories and make our seasonal celebrations so special every single year. So it is with Panini America’s annual Black Friday set.
Indeed, as we prepare to give thanks for our many blessings this Thanksgiving (mindful to eat enough so that it sustains us for the next day’s Black Friday phenomenon), there’s something comforting — and highly collectible — about the memorabilia cards that have become a bona fide Black Friday tradition.
This year, for the third straight season, Black Friday will include a football-only version complete with its own overwrap and the traditional multisport set that includes athletes from the worlds of basketball, baseball, soccer and NASCAR.
To be sure, Panini America’s 2018 Black Friday memorabilia lineup promises to be every bit as eclectic, endearing and in-demand as the iterations that have come before, incorporating game-used pylons and footballs from Super Bowl LII, jerseys worn by some of the NBA’s top young players during last summer’s NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, sweat-soaked towels used during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere and the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, player-worn Santa hats just in time for the holidays and much more.
The following gallery provides a detailed and delightful exploration of the cards mentioned above, primarily the dazzling parallel versions. Just in case you missed it, here’s our preview from earlier this week of the set’s base parallels. We’ll follow up soon on The Knight’s Lance with a preview gallery devoted exclusively to the 2018 Black Friday set’s autograph inclusions.
Until then, enjoy . . .