Greatest Business Cards Ever?


In helping to build hype for the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, Panini has been previewing items that will be available as part of their wrapper redemption program. Today’s sneak peek is an interesting one. Available exclusively via instant redemption cards are these “gems”:

That’s right, those are authentic Panini America emlpoyee autographed “work-worn” relic cards.

Not impressed? Well, consider these facts: 1) they are being offered as part of the wrapper redemption program exclusively at the National – they will not be inserted into packs of normal product, 2) they are free – Panini doesn’t OWE you anything for opening their product, this is just a freebie perk, so get over it, and 3) Panini itself is poking fun at the idea of having these cards produced. You can read the entire “reveal” blog post here.

At the very least, it gives collectors a chance to meet some of the top “insiders” at Panini America and serves as a conversation starter…a conversation which will no doubt lead to topics such as “What do you like about our cards?” or “How can we better serve your collecting interests?”

Most interesting, to me at least, is the video Panini posted of the making of. Obviously it focuses on these employee cards, but I assume this is pretty indicative of how all relic cards are producedand is pretty cool to watch.

Now, maybe I need to revisit my business card design…


Heisman Highlight: Pete Dawkins


Heisman Highlight

Name: Pete Dawkins
Position: Back
College: Army Cadets
Class: Senior
Winning Year: 1958 – 24th Award
Official Heisman Profile: Click Here

Interesting Notes: Dawkins overcame polio to become a feared versatile player and captain for the undefeated Army Cadets in 1958…excelled in rushing and passing and was a more than able-bodied receiver…opted to pursue academics and a military career over playing football…went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned his MPA and PhD from Princeton…rose to rank of Brigadier General and served in the armed forces for 24 years…was a partner for Lehman Brothers and served/serves as Chairman/CEO for several large companies…was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1975.

Sports Illustrated Cover

Featured Card: Sports Illustrated cover. Opting out of a professional football career, Dawkins does not have any official rookie cards. In order to track down a collectible to complete your Heisman Trophy winners collection, you might consider magazine covers, such as this 1958 Sports Illustrated cover. If you prefer to stick with standard cards, there are various modern legends-themed sets that have included cards of Dawkins. Copies of these cards can generally be obtained for less than $5.

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