Panini ramps up signings before NFL Draft with NFLPA Rookie Debut

ChALU0xWgAE2ByEThis year’s NFL Draft begins tomorrow night in Chicago, but Panini America has been busy at work the last couple of days signing plenty of players.

And it didn’t even have to trade a single pick.

Continue reading

Panini America readies exclusive cards for NFL Draft festivities

panini-america-2016-nfl-draft-derrick-henryWith the clock ticking down to this year’s edition of the NFL Draft, Panini America is readying its cardboard efforts made just for the event and the interactive sideshow that has become Draft Town.

The company has produced a 10-card set and a 5-by-7 set of three cards that also can be obtained at the event.

Continue reading

Alabama’s Derrick Henry heading to NFL — and already into collections

DerrickHenryHe may not end up being a top-10 pick, but he’ll definitely be a target of collectors.

Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry is headed to the NFL with a formal announcement to come on Friday. This comes on the heels of a Heisman-winning campaign where he led the Crimson Tide to a national championship and set single-season and career rushing records for the program.

Henry is rated as the second-best running back by ESPN behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott in a draft that, based on some projections, may not be super-stocked with collector-friendly offensive players (QBs, RBs, WRs) among the first-rounders.

Continue reading

First Buzz: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards


What: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards
Arrives: March 9
Box basics: Five autographs per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This year’s top college stars who have declared for the 2016 NFL Draft will have some of their first cards here with the familiar pro look of Contenders while still showcasing their school colors.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

Continue reading