Hobby Notebook (Feb. 23): Panini America readies NASCAR & Upper Deck lands Holly Holm

Panini-logoPanini America took the stage for its annual corporate address at the Industry Summit on Tuesday. Here are the basic talking points from the session…

Mark Warsop has confirmed NASCAR cards are coming from the company this year. Four products are planned — Prizm, Torque, Certified and National Treasures. … FIFA Flawless cards will be coming as well. … The company noted a substantial increase in NBA sales this year. … Panini Roundtable program will have Hobby Shop of the Month honors tat will lead to Hobby Shop of Year award, too. Prizes and auto guests for top shops. … Also planning product sneak peeks — early rips — in some instances. … Donruss Optic, an Optichrome version of Donruss, will be part of the  upcoming portfolios.

Earlier in the day, Upper Deck offered a rundown of items on its itinerary for 2016. … Goodwin Champions will have a different format with eight-box inner cases and two case hits overall, but still include many of the inclusions that the brand is known for. … Promo autos using the new Goodwin design were made available by the company following its presentation … There will be World War II Museum Collection pieces. On the autograph checklist one notable inclusion will be the first autographs of Holly Holm, the UFC fighter who took down Ronda Rousey. … On the hockey front, it has Champ’s planning to return as well as a new brand called Portfolio.

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