Panini News Release:

During two days worth of intensive, impassioned and productive distributor meetings at company headquarters earlier this week, Panini America Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak, announced that the company would no longer require hobby shops to adhere to a previously instated minimum advertised pricing policy (MAPP) on its products. The policy change is effective with the February 27 release of 2012 National Treasures Baseball and includes products currently being solicited.

The announcement reinforces a philosophical shift in the company’s sales efforts and is intended to give Panini America’s content-rich products a faster start immediately upon release. Today, Kazmierczak elaborated on the decision.



What were some of the key factors that led to the decision to eliminate the retail MAPP?
“The main factor was velocity of sales. Panini America products have the most autograph and memorabilia cards in the industry and the first 30 days of the sales cycle are critical for many of those cards to make it into collectors’ hands and, subsequently, the secondary market. Another factor is that our superior product content supports a move toward a more free-market approach.

What do you see as the biggest benefits to removing the retail MAPP policy? How will our products benefit and how will dealers benefit?
“The biggest benefit will be market liquidity. That approach will benefit everyone involved because it helps with inventory turns. In addition, this different approach will create more demand for pre-ordering product. That is something that we all prefer.”

What has early feedback been to the retail MAPP elimination?
“Overall, it has been positive. Obviously, there are merits to a retail MAPP policy and those merits were the reason that our company went in that direction a couple of years ago. But this is a very fluid category and the time has come for a fundamental shift in philosophy. The ultimate goal at the end of the day is to provide the marketplace the opportunity to pull a product through in a reasonable amount of time. With our strong stable of brands, we feel that our products will perform strongly in the marketplace based on their own merit.”

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Hockey is back and Upper Deck has been working hard to formalize plans for the 2012-13 NHL trading card release schedule. Last week an announcement was made placing restrictions on the 2012-13 rookie classifications for new trading card sets.

Without having new rookie content to help drive some of Upper Deck’s 2012-13 NHL releases, the decision was made to cancel the following products:

  • 2012-13 NHL SPx
  • 2012-13 NHL Upper Deck Series Two
  • 2012-13 NHL Ultimate Collection

Because Upper Deck was so far along with these products, fans can expect to see some of the content live and distributed in other Upper Deck 2012-13 NHL trading card releases. For example, fans will be able to find some content from 2012-13 NHL SPx and 2012-13 NHL Upper Deck Series Two in packs of 2012-13 NHL SP Authentic which is to be released in June 2013.



Upper Deck is also excited to announce the popular Fleer Retro brand will be released in hockey this season, arriving in stores in April 2013. UD will be releasing more details about 2012-13 NHL Fleer Retro very soon, a set which pays tribute to Fleer’s long legacy of insert cards.

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Panini will release three more products for the 2012-13 hockey trading card season.

2012-13 Limited Hockey will be available in stores in early February. Limited Hockey will be followed by 2012-13 Rookie Anthology Hockey which will be available in early June. The 2012-13 Panini Hockey product calendar will be rounded out with the highly anticipated return of Prime Hockey, which will be available in August 2013.

“We are excited for the NHL and NHL Players to return to the ice and look forward to delivering NHL/NHLPA trading cards to eager hockey fans around the world,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “We look forward to working with the league and its players to continue the momentum the hockey trading card category experienced last season. The time away from the game has only strengthened the demand and anticipation for new Panini America NHL/NHLPA trading card products.”

2012-13 Panini Hockey Products and more are available at Canada Card World.

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In a statement from the NHLPA’s Adam Larry, the 2012-13 hockey card season has changed drastically.

“Over the past few months, the NHLPA has been assessing the impact that a lockout shortened season would have on our trading card business, as well as how to specifically the rookie card class of 2012-13. After discussions both internally and externally, including with many stakeholders within the trading card industry, we have decided to restrict the rookie class for the 2012-13 product to those players who debuted between the 2012 All-Star Game and the conclusion of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.”

“This means that all rookies who debut during the 2012-13 season will have their rookie cards appear in 2013-14 products. The NHLPA encourages collectors to check Panini’s and Upper Deck’s official blogs for more details on their respective upcoming 2012-13 releases. We look forward to continuing our relationship with both Panini and Upper Deck to bring the best hockey players in the world to life through the dynamic and expanding trading card market.”

Basically, this means that there will be no new rookie cards in Upper Deck and Panini products in 2012-13. The rookies that are in products now such as Chris Kreider, Sven Baertschi, Jakob Silfverberg, and Jaden Schwartz will be the only rookies that appear in products this season.

Players who debut during the 2012-13 such as Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk will appear in 2013-14 products as rookies. As such, expect Panini and Upper Deck to reduce their product lines for the remaining portion of this collecting season.

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As if the announcement that the 2012-13 NHL season will happen wasn’t reason enough for hockey collectors across North America to celebrate, Panini is giving you a whole lot more. Panini is prepping 2012-13 Limited Hockey at the production facility for packout.



From the dual-signed deliciousness of the popular Back to the Future insert to a familiar, extremely popular technology used on the stunning Trophy Winners insert, here’s betting you’ll find something to get excited about in the early February release of 2012-13 Limited Hockey.



It also doesn’t hurt that the list of on-card-autograph signers includes the likes of Gordie Howe, Mark Messier, Joe Sakic, Tim Thomas, Patrick Roy, and so many more.

2012-13 Panini Limited Hockey is currently available for pre-order at Canada Card World.

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