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Old 01-20-2012, 09:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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(Courtesy of The Knight's Lance - The official Blog of Panini America)

Pieces de Resistance: Turning Kobe Bryant’s Game-Worn Jersey into Classic Collectibles

By Tracy Hackler




Earlier this week we detailed the West Coast road trip of Panini America’s Brian Bayne as he attempted to secure on-card autographs from the likes of Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe for the upcoming 2011 Preferred Basketball release. As is his custom, Bayne went above and beyond the call of duty.
In this case, that meant extending his stay by a few days so that he could spend some quality signing time with Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Kobe signed many devastatingly gorgeous cards during the visit, including his Silhouettes inserts that were, quite literally, hot off the presses.

In fact, the production work on Kobe’s Silhouettes cards was completed long after Bayne had left town. So those cards were rushed directly to Bayne at his hotel so he could have them in time for the signing.
In the gallery that follows, you’ll not only peek the beautiful finished product, you’ll also see the assortment of prime patches embedded into the cards. Enjoy. And stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details on the blockbuster 2011 Preferred Basketball release.







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