Friday, September 10, 2010
Panini Prize Winnings
Technically, the contest called for a picture of yourself with the bus, but I snapped these pictures as my wife was taking our daughter to the car as it was starting to rain. This stop was before the contest was announced so I was hoping that the judges would be lenient. While I wasn’t anywhere to be found in the picture, I thought that it did a great job of capturing the coolest stop on the Adrenalyn Tour, the Basketball Hall of Fame. So, I submitted the picture, waited and ended up being selected the winner of the contest.
The really cool thing about this prize was how it was shipped. They didn’t just take the card, throw it in an envelope and ship it off. This card came in a special box worthy of their big name exclusive.
Upon opening the box, this is what I saw. This is a 2009-10 Panini Rookies & Stars Kobe Bryant patch autograph. If you’re not going to get an on-card autograph, this is by far the next best thing. The athlete touched the jersey swatch and it looks a hell of a lot better than a sticker, especially the gaudy silver ones.
Here’s a look at the back of the card. The serial number is 128/199. While I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of Kobe, you can’t deny his place in basketball history and now that LeBron ran off to Miami with his tail between his legs, Kobe is certain to be the best player of this generation. It’s kind of cool to have an autograph of a player of that caliber. That being said, if anyone out there had the patch autograph cards from Timeless Treasures of someone like Bill Russell or Larry Bird I definitely think that a trade could be arranged.
Thanks again Panini for an awesome prize!