Tuesday, April 4, 2017

PANINI: STICKIN' IT TO TOPPS [or The Mick Returns]

The mystery surrounding Topps' unretired #7 has been solved.  Panini just announced their agreement with the Mickey Mantle Estate to a long-term memorabilia contract.  I only wish this had happened in time for this year's recent Diamond Kings release!  The Mick will appear in up to six Panini products per year.

Panini is releasing their first Mantle Cards through their equivalent to Topps Now:  Panini Eternal. Now vs the Eternal...quite interesting. 

Check out the links above if you're ready for the new Mantles - minus the logos of course but the Pinstripes and that beautiful 7 remain!  Welcome back, Mickey!!!

from Panini Eternal


16 comments:

  1. Nice to see that the Mick is back; but, I must admit that it's disappointing that his comeback will be all logo-less product. Oh well.

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    1. I think hard core Mantle fans won't care but it is an odd look for the Mick.

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  2. Agreed. Glad to see him again but the lack of logos has always frustrated me.

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    1. Panini puts out some great product. I do miss the logos but find myself more forgiving as time goes on.

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  3. Sorry Mick. You're a Yankee, not a local softball player. :(

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  4. One day Panini will have MLB rights. Just not right to see Mick without NY on cap, and Yankees on uniform.

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    1. I hear ya! I am a bit glad though, that Topps didn't get the rights. Perhaps when the time comes for MLB to choose their next trading card provider, this incident will make them look more closely at Panini.

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  5. Man, I really wish MLB would hand out one more license. I really like some of Panini's designs! Great news about The Mick resurfacing!

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    1. ditto! I do love some Panini and the hobby needs Mick!

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  6. Total crap product. Seems like his legacy, as it relates to the hobby, deserves better than logoless garbage.

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    1. I hear you loud and clear. Even logoless, I think there will be some nice cards produced. The first card issued for the Mick should probably not have been a close up with a plain ball cap.

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  7. Not a fan of no logo cards, but I like the Mantle card.

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    1. i'm hoping Panini is creative with picture selection. guess we'll find out soon enough!

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  8. Julie your last comment pretty much covers what I was thinking. Panini has at times gotten creative with picture selection to the point where some of their cards look just fine. I got a Brooks Robinson Hometown Heroes card from Gavin and you really don't notice that it's logo-less. But a head-on shot of Mickey Mantle with a blank cap doesn't cut it. It'll be interesting to see how this develops.

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    1. Hometown Heroes was a great - nothing like any Topps release that I can recall. Giving Topps MLB rights has done little if anything to minimize production.

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