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Old 05-23-2014, 08:54 AM   #1
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Default A Small Dust-Up: Panini America Addresses Powder Mystery in Prizm and Crusade

A Small Dust-Up: Panini America Addresses Powder Mystery in Prizm and Crusade | The Official Panini America Blog

A Small Dust-Up: Panini America Addresses Powder Mystery in Prizm and Crusade

May 22, 2014
by Tracy Hackler

With 2014 Prizm Baseball and 2013-14 Crusade Basketball releasing this week, many collectors opening those products are discovering what it must feel like when NBA superstar LeBron James tosses talcum powder into the air at the scorerís table just before tip-off. Indeed, thereís a distinct powdery residue adhering to many of the Prizm-technology cards in both of those products that has collectors talking. Today, Panini America officials addressed the issue.

The dust in question is actually harmless organic press powder thatís been used by trading card manufacturers in the past. To find out why it was used on these two products, keep reading.

In an effort to make the cards more signature friendly for autograph-seekers, Panini America officials altered the construction of their Optichrome cards by adding a signable UV coating to the card fronts. Although the company conducted extensive research and development on the process to perfect it, the cards werenít feeding into the machine feeders properly during packout as they were in preliminary tests.
To ensure that the cards werenít damaged and werenít double-feeding, and to avoid delaying packout of both products by several weeks, company officials made the decision to incorporate organic press powder ó commonly made of corn starch or potato starch.

Company officials have continued testing to ensure complete compatibility with machine feeders.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:22 AM   #2
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well that solves the mystery from earlier chrome-like releases that had the powder as well.
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Old 05-27-2014, 11:11 PM   #3
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Kind of a bummer having to clean cards off. When it comes to chrome/prizm, i like to penny everything. Feel like i cant penny until in (carefully) wipe down every card.
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Old 05-28-2014, 03:23 AM   #4
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i'm convinced it's some sort of narcotic that dulls the senses of collectors to make Panini products acceptable to them.
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sounds like alot of of

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