Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Week 5 Contest

Week 5 of the promotion is here, we are just about at the halfway point. There will be 11 contests so there really is no halfway point, but you know what I mean. Anyway, with Week 5 comes a different type of Pick ‘Em style contest testing your skills on team in each division. I was going to have a special contest based around a prize I wanted to give out this week, but the team I would be running the contest around has a bye this week. So instead, we have this…

Divisional Hi-Lo Pick ‘Em

Basically it works like this. Pick, by division, which team in that division will score the most points (HI) and the least points (LO). And also predict the score. So your response would look like this, for every NFL division.

AFC East:

Hi – Buffalo (38)

Lo – New England (3)

And then so on for the AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, and then the same for the NFC. You will get one point for guessing the correct team and a bonus point if you guess the correct amount of points for each team. So you have the opportunity to score 16 points, although that would be very impressive.

Get it? Every division in the AFC and NFC, team with the highest and lowest score, and the score you think it will be. Remember, there are 6 teams on a bye this week. If you need a schedule, you can click here.

The winner will receive an official Wincraft NFC felt pennant featuring the NFC’s greatest stars. And it’s pretty big too. I’ll have a video up of the prizes by the weekend.

If you have any questions, please send me an email and I’ll explain it more if you don’t understand what I’m asking. Good luck! This one will be tough! And if you haven’t visited the official Panini NFL Player of the Day site or you haven’t looked again because you want me to win the best promotion, please click the banner to visit the site!

And in case you missed the announcement on the Facebook page or the Twitter page, anyone who does not win a prize throughout the duration of this promotion will be randomized to win one of 3 handmade mystery packs featuring some base, inserts, and a game used card from a recent Panini review! This is to thank more of you for participating and visiting the NFL Player of the Day site!


Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Contest Week 4

The week 4 contest for the Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day contest is here!

Now, I’ve noticed a couple of people are pulling away from the pack. That is a good thing for them, their NFL knowledge and predicting skills are pretty good. So it’s time to change up the style a little bit this week. Let’s see if I can stump these leaders and get some more people back into the game! (No offense to them, but they are just good!)

This week, predict which player will have the better game.

More yards passing – Drew Brees or Tom Brady?

More yards passing – Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers?

More yards rushing – Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-Drew?

More yards rushing – Adrian Peterson or Fred Jackson?

More yards receiving – Wes Welker or Steve Smith (CAR)?

More yards receiving – Vincent Jackson or Mike Wallace?

More sacks – Jason Babin or Jared Allen?

Which team scores more points – Patriots or Packers?

Which team scores the least points – Seattle or Denver?

Better Panini football product – Absolute Memorabilia or Crown Royale? (Free bonus point)

Tiebreaker – How many yards does LeGarrette Blount rush for? (Can’t you tell I’m a Bucs fan yet?)

So here we go. This contest gives you the possibility of 10 points. The winner this week will receive a Panini NFL Player of the Day t-shirt and a set of NFL Player of the Day cards. I should have the prizes in on Friday or Monday if my UPS guessing is correct.

As always, I ask everyone to visit the Panini NFL Player of the Day site (even if you’ve been there already, every click helps!) If Sports Card Blog runs the best promotion for Panini, we will be giving away a hobby box (or more!) to random participants of this contest. My hope is to make sure everyone who enters at least half the contests will get something, even if it’s just packs of cards, if we win.


Sports Card Blog – Panini NFL Player of the Day Week 3 Winner

I know this is a late post, but I had to wait until the results of tonight’s Monday Night Football game between my Buccaneers against the Colts. The Colts are in my top 5 power rankings of favorite NFL teams based on my personal dealings with Jim Irsay, owner of the Colts. A late touchdown propelled my Buccaneers to victory and it also propelled Michael G to this week’s prize!

Congratulations goes to Michael G for his performance this week in guessing each game and the spread. He is kind of due for a win after finishing in second or third place each of the other weeks. Edwin G almost had his second victory as well if the game went the other direction.

Michael G will be sent a Panini NFL Player of the Day pennant, or bobblehead, I’m not sure which I promised. But he won something! The prizes should be in this week. If these prizes happen to be team or player specific, I will let you know.

So again, congratulations and look out for the next contest coming in a couple days, unless there is a Thursday game, in which the contest will be up tomorrow!

Stay tuned all season long for more contests every week just like this and do me a solid and visit the NFL Player of the Day website. Even if you’ve been before, every little bit helps for this promotion. If I run the best promotion as deemed by Panini, I will give away some more great stuff including a hobby box or two of cards!

Join Panini and the NFL in Going Pink for Breast Cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month in the United States. With breast cancer being the most common cancer affecting woman today, breast cancer awareness is extremely important. Coming from a family where breast cancer is prevalent amongst the women, it’s always been a topic of conversation at family get togethers as we find out someone else has had breast cancer.

Even only two days ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer.

Join Panini and the NFL in going pink for breast cancer awareness. Throughout October, NFL players and referees will be sporting pink equipment in showing their support for breast cancer awareness.

Panini has even fashioned a 64 card set, with this year’s Gridiron Gear design, with some pink highlights showing their support for breast cancer awareness. Check out their blog for some more great images. You may even see some of these cards inserted into 2011 Gridiron Gear football.

I’m hoping Panini buys some of these pieces of apparel at NFL Auctions in order to include pieces of them into future products. The money they spend will go towards a good cause, and I think it would make great collectibles.

Review: 2011 Panini NFL Sticker Collection

It took awhile, but my local store finally had some stickers available. Well, they had some available once already, but it appears I was too slow as I think they were gone in less than a week. But I could totally see why they would be.

I never thought I would enjoy stickers and sticker books or anything as a 25 year old. Even when I was a youngin’, I wasn’t a huge fan of stickers. I know I had some baseball team stickers back then and would collect those, but didn’t actually stick them anywhere. I don’t think there was a book or anything for them back then. Who knows, I was little. But these were a lot of fun.


Star Player:



I really like the design of these. I’ve been saying over and over again, Panini does a really great job of designing their lowest end products. These stickers look great. The player is cut out and the focus of the sticker, while the background is a team color with a team symbol. The star stickers look great in all their foil glory, as well as the team stickers which even have some etching in their foil. Very cool. The book design is solid and I love that under each sticker area is information about the player and some stats. I also really like the inclusion of the Pop Warner insert set, Super Bowl, and NFL Hall of Fame subsets. There really is a great variety of stickers.


There are a ton of stickers for you to collect. Every team has a team logo and 12 regular player stickers along with 3 star player foil stickers. There are also stickers for the NFL, each division, Hall of Fame players, Pop Warner, and Super Bowl. There is so much variety in this product that it makes trying to collect all the stickers not only challenging, but a lot of fun as it breaks up the monotony of the same kind of sticker over and over again. I bought 9 packs of stickers and it seems like I got something different in terms of insert stickers in each pack.


$2 for a sticker book and $1 for a pack of stickers. How could the value get any better? The stickers are what you would expect and then some. How many companies out there have etching on their foil stickers? None that I know of other than Panini. If you are thinking, well, they’re just stickers, you are mistaken. The promotions involved in this product are great. There are random inserts for Madden 12 or Madden 12 Hall of Fame Edition and special rare sticker backs that if you collect all the sticker backs you can win some awesome prizes from Panini. Or do you want to win your Pop Warner football team a brand new sponsorship with new uniforms and equipment? Collect 3,000 sticker backs and be put in a drawing to win that as well. With all the added promotions and giveaways Panini has added, it gives you another reason to want to buy these.


Wait a minute, this is close to a perfect score. These are stickers, should they even count as a trading card set? Both are valid concerns. This product deserves the close to perfect score. The only problem with this product and any sticker product is trying to unpeel the backs. The design is wonderful, there are a ton of great stickers to be had, and it’s a cheap thrill with some great added bonuses. Should they be counted as a trading card? Can you trade the stickers? Yes? You can? Well then, I guess that answers that question. I wouldn’t go as far to say this is the best product ever created, but for what it is, it deserves the stars in every category. It’s fun, cheap, looks good, and does a great job to get kids into collecting. Whether you are into stickers or not, this is definitely a winner of a product.

I didn’t even mention that if you are just a few stickers short, go on the Panini website and order the stickers you need to complete your set!

Have you checked out Panini’s blog on how to stick your stickers properly?