(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.