Panini America – along with the team at NHL.com – shows us how they make hockey cards in this cool video feature. The video follows the Panini team from the NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto to the cutting boards in Dallas, TX.
“A few weeks back, our friends from the NHL Network visited Panini America HQ, camera in tow and curious to find out exactly how we go about making some of the industry’s best hockey cards,” revealed Tracy Hackler via the Knight’s Lance.
The video features the timeline from taking the photos to cutting a final, produced Nail Yakupov hockey card (from the recently-released 2013-14 Select hockey card series).
The video also focuses on the inclusion (cutting and affixing) of game-worn memorabilia on modern hockey cards.
Panini has been a collectibles partner of the National Hockey League since the late 1980s, although it technically started in the early 1980s when it manufactured the annual O-Pee-Chee album and sticker series. After producing its own annual NHL album and sticker series from 1987-88 onwards, it began producing NHL hockey cards under its Panini America division in 2010-11.