Panini To Host Breaking Events At The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Panini America‘s corporate booth is regarded as one of the top destinations for those attending the National each year and in 2015, they have added some new elements that will appeal to collectors of all ages.

In a positive move that helps promote the hobby to youth, Panini will be hosting four Free Kids Case Breaks that will be hosted by Bryan Gavin of Ultimate Box Breaks. These will be held next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with two breaks being held on the latter day.

How do young collectors sign up for these breaks? Find out after the jump.

At 10:00 a.m. on each day that these free breaks are being held, kids can sign up at the Panini booth for a chance to participate. The slots for each team will be determined via a random draw at 10:30 before the action begins at 2:00 p.m. (the second break on Saturday will take place at 4:00). There is one break per child and it all kicks off with a case of 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball. On the Friday, 2014 Panini Absolute Football will be broken while the double whammy of 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball and the newly-released 2015 Panini Clear Vision Football.

If that was not enough pack busting action for visitors, Panini also invited some of the most prominent case breakers to their booth to show off some of their foil-ripping skills. The schedule for these breaks is as follows:

Thursday, July 30
11:00 a.m. — Ultimate Box Breaks (Table 1), K2 Sportscards (Table 2)
12:30 p.m. — Nordy’s (Table 1), K2 Sportscards (Table 2)
3:30 p.m. — Layton Sports Cards (Table 1), Jaspy’s Hobby Land/Ripping Wax (Table 2)
5:00 p.m. — Mojo Break (Table 1), KT Authentics (Table 2)

Friday, July 31
11:00 a.m. — STL Sportscards (Table 1), KT Authentics (Table 2)
12:30 p.m. — Nordy’s (Table 1), Cardsmith’s Breaks (Table 2)
3:30 p.m. — Ultimate Box Breaks (Table 1), Cardsmith’s Breaks (Table 2)
5:00 p.m. — NTD Exporters (Table 1), Firehand Sports Cards (Table 2)

Saturday, August 1
11:00 a.m. — STL Sportscards (Table 1), Jonesy’s Sportscards (Table 2)
12:30 p.m. — NTD Exporters (Table 1), Kenfudd Sportscards (Table 2)
3:30 p.m. — Mojo Break (Table 1), Live Case Breaks (Table 2)
5:00 p.m. — Friendly Box Breaks (Table 1), Nasty Breaks/Ripping Wax (Table 2)

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and a contributor to other Beckett Media publications. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

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3 comments

  1. David D 22 July, 2015 at 13:09

    Do I understand that Panini is giving 4 children an opportunity to bust “high-end” packs of trading cards. And… should these “kids” like what they open, how will they afford to purchase the Totally-Certified and Clear Vision very expensive products?
    Shouldn’t “kids” be busting Score football-and any reasonably priced product that they can “afford” to buy on their own?
    This is a major gripe of mine! Panini is NOT promoting the hobby of collecting. They are out for a quick buck-and using “kids” to open their expensive garbage is not healthy for the hobby.

  2. brian 23 July, 2015 at 09:31

    Nice photo! My son Luke is in the Jeter jersey. He feels like Steve Martin in the Jerk when he sees his name printed in the phone book.

  3. Doug 23 July, 2015 at 16:30

    @David D
    It doesn’t make a lot of sense does it. Kids won’t get/stay involved in the hobby if they can’t afford products. Plain and simple.

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