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Panini NFL Player of The Day Promotion 2016


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We are happy to be a participating store in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day Promotion. What is the Player of the Day Promotion? Well, it is your chance to win special promotional packs of Panini brand football cards and a chance for you to win our store’s grand prize, an autographed card of  Taylor Decker (pictured below)!

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How to Play

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2016 Panini brand NFL Cards. This includes popular brands  such as Score, Certified, Prestige and others. There is a no-purchase-necessary option as well (ask us to see the official rules for details).

Step 2 – To win, you must open a pack of cards you have purchased in front of a store employee. If you “pull” the highlighted Panini NFL Player of the Day or either of the Wild Cards (Andrew Luck or Dez Bryant) you are a daily winner and will receive two promotional packs on the spot. You can also become an automatic daily winner by purchasing a box of any eligible product. For each daily win you also will earn one raffle entry to be that week’s weekly prize winner. You may win once a day and up to seven days a week.

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select one of the daily winners as a weekly prize winner and award a prize package from a prize kit provided by Panini. Weekly winners will then be put into a raffle to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed Taylor Decker card.

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the 32-day promotion, we will randomly select one of the four weekly winners as the Panini NFL Player of the Month winner. The winner will be awarded the grand prize (an autographed Taylor Decker card) and additional prizes from the prize kit.

Step 5 – The grand prize winner will also be entered into the national sweepstakes with a chance to spend a day with an NFL player!

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Tour Kaladesh on 40 Mana or less!

Rev up your velocitraption and see the sights of Kaladesh.  Attend our events and help the wonders of this new plane will unfold before you.

Pre-Release events are on the weekend of September 23rd – 25th.  The first will be at Midnight on Friday, September 23rd.  The second will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 24th.  The third will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 25th.  All of these events have limited seating and registration is recommended (details about how our new calendar handles registration click here).

The next Kaladesh events will be the two Friday Night Magic events at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30th.  We will hold both a Standard Constructed event and a Booster Draft event (each player receiving 3 packs of Kaladesh with which to build a 40 card deck).  These events do not require registration.

Our third type of event will be a Sealed Deck, Two-Headed Giant tournament at Noon on Saturday, October 1st.
This event does not require registration.

The final event for Kaladesh will be the Standard Constructed Game Day, held on Saturday, October 22nd.
This event does not require registration.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Under an Eldritch Moon

Get out your moonscreen lotion and come out to view the Eldritch Moon.  Attend our events and help (or hinder) Liliana’s plans for the plane of Innistrad.

Pre-Release events are on the weekend of July 15th – 17th.  The first will be at Midnight on Friday, July 15th.  The second will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 16th.  The third will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, July 17th.  All of these events have limited seating and registration is recommended (details about how our new calendar handles registration click here).

The next Eldritch Moon events will be the two Friday Night Magic events at 5:00 pm on Friday, July 22nd.  We will hold both a Standard Constructed event and a Booster Draft event (each player receiving 3 packs of Eldritch Moon with which to build a 40 card deck).  These events do not require registration.

Our third type of event will be a Sealed Deck, Two-Headed Giant tournament at Noon on Saturday, July 23rd. This event does not require registration.

The final event for Eldritch Moon will be the Standard Constructed Game Day, held on Saturday, August 13th.  This event does not require registration.

We look forward to seeing you!

Waldo visits Fanfare for July

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Fanfare is once again participating in Kalamazoo’s Where’s Waldo event, hosted by Bookbug? Your favorite bespectacled, stripey cartoon character will be hiding in twenty-five different local businesses, including Fanfare, for the month of July. Bookbug will have prizes for those who spot him around the town.

“Find Waldo Local in Kalamazoo!” passports list off the businesses where Waldo is hiding. You can get yours at Fanfare or any other participationg location. The first 125 Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites can bring their passports back to Bookbug to collect prizes. Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on July 29th, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books. For more information about hunting for Waldo in Kalamazoo, call Bookbug at 269-385-2847.

May & June 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Black Hammer #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dean Ormston

A new story from the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Descender), amazingly realized by Dean Ormston (The Sandman) and Dave Stewart (Hellboy)!
Once they were heroes, but that age has long since passed. Banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City-Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, Madame Dragonfly, and Barbalien-now lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. Even as they try to find their way home, trouble has a unique way of finding heroes wherever they are!

I’m so glad to see this book finally coming out. It was announced in April of last year that Black Hammer would be delayed after artist Dean Ormstom suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. In a recent interview from Comic Book Resources, Jeff Lemire reported that Ormston is “doing really well”. The art looks fantastic, and after reading Plutona, I’m very much in for another offbeat superhero story from Lemire.

 

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Briggs Land #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Brian Wood (A) Mack Chater (CA) Brian Wood, Mack Chater

Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community-and her immediate family-that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.

o Perfect for fans of Sons of Anarchy and Justified!

o In development for an AMC television show!

I haven’t caught up with Brian Wood’s most recent works, but I enjoyed The Massive and Mara quite a bit. The premise of this one sounds intriguing and somewhat apropos given the political turbulence of this election year. I’m curious if advanced copies sparked the interest of a television show (not unlike how Descender was optioned for a movie before its first issue hit the shelves) or if the comic has been developed with the show simultaneously.

 

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Black Monday Murders #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jonathon Hickman (A/CA) Tomm Coker

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ALL HAIL GOD MONEY! From JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, Secret Wars, Avengers) and TOMM COKER (UNDYING LOVE) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money… and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society: a secret world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our proper place.

With how consistently amazing East of West has been, I would be down for anything creator-owned that Jonathon Hickman is doing. The description in the solicitation for this is enough to sell me, regardless. Bring on the plutocratic weirdness. What even is crypto-noir? Is that a thing? While we’re at it, can we get some more The Dying and the Dead too, Mr. Hickman?

 

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Kill or Be Killed #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser (CA) Sean Phillips

The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT, CRIMINAL, FATALE) launch their new monthly series: KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done.

Speaking of consistently great work, here’s a new book by Brubaker, Phillips, and Breitweiser. Fatale and The Fade Out have both been great so I’ve got no reason not to expect anything less from this book. Also, I’d just like to give some extra credit to Elizabeth Breitweiser. Her coloring on recent books like The Fade Out and Outcast has been stellar, and I can’t wait to see how this one looks.

 

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The World of Edena HC

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/A/CA) Moebius

Working closely with Moebius Production in France, Dark Horse puts the work of a master storyteller back in print-with some material in English for the first time! Stel and Atan are interstellar repairmen trying to find a lost space station and its crew. What they discover about the universe and themselves on the mythical paradise planet Edena, though, changes their lives forever. Moebius’s long-out-of-print World of Edena story arc gets a deluxe hardcover treatment, with its five main chapters-Upon a Star, Gardens of Edena, The Goddess, Stel, and Sra-collected here!

Getting into Moebius is long overdue for me. His work has been recommended to me over the past several years and this looks to be as good a starting point as any. As he’s been a significant influence on some of my favorite comics creators, I have a strong feeling that I’m going to like this one. I might have to track down some of the work he did with Jodorowsky when I’m finished.

 

January & February 2016 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Hey, hey! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back to share with you some books I’m excited for! The following titles are scheduled (at the time of this writing) for April and May 2016 releases.

 

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Dept. H #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W/A/CA) Matt Kindt

From New York Times best-selling MIND MGMT creator Matt Kindt comes an exciting new undersea sci-fi mystery.
    
Mia is a special investigator hired to uncover possible sabotage taking place at a deep-sea research station. What she finds is a mind-blowing crime scene filled with suspects with terrible secrets, strange deep-sea creatures, and an impending flood!

Here’s a book written and drawn by Matt Kindt with the words “terrible secrets” in the solicit. What else does one need, really? If you’ve got a MIND MGMT-sized hole in your heart, I have a strong feeling that this book will be the closest thing to filling it. Bring on those watercolors.

 

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The Fix #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Steve Lieber

A story of the crooked cops, scheming mobsters, and corrupt politicians that run things-and the sex toy that can bring them all down. Oh, and the hero is a drug-sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Bad people do bad things to each other in this frenetic, outrageous, sometimes off-putting new caper! If you liked classic crime comics like CRIMINAL and 100 Bullets we apologize in advance for letting you down!

Superior Foes of Spider-Man was some of the most fun I’ve had with a book in the past couple of years. I’m really excited to see the same creative team start their own creator-owned book. Judging by the solicit, it sounds like this book will keep up with the craziness that Spencer and Lieber cultivated so well in Superior Foes and I’m looking forward to see where they go with it.

 

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Black Panther #1

Publisher: Marvel Comics

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther’s struggle to do right by his people as their ruler. The indomitable will of Wakanda — the famed African nation known for its vast wealth, advanced technology and warrior traditions — has long been reflected in the will of its monarchs, the Black Panthers. But now the current Black Panther, T’Challa, finds that will tested by a superhuman terrorist group called The People that has sparked a violent uprising among the citizens of Wakanda. T’Challa knows the country must change to survive — the question is, will the Black Panther survive the change?
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Renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is making his comic debut with this new Black Panther title. I was glad to hear Black Panther was getting his own book again, but having Coats involved makes it truly exciting. Here’s hoping for another new Marvel book that breaks the mold.

 

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House of Penance #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Ian Bertram

The Winchester House-famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real.

I’m always on the lookout for an interesting horror book, especially since Nameless finished up and Wytches is still on hiatus. The description for House of Penance reminds me of Danielewski’s House of Leaves, and that’s enough to get me interested. If only the letterer makes the word “house” blue.

 

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Wonder Woman Earth One HC Vol. 1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Yanick Paquette

In this new installment of the New York Times best-selling Earth One original graphic novel line, Grant Morrison (THE MULTIVERSITY) joins with Yanick Paquette (SWAMP THING, BATMAN, INC.) to reimagine Wonder Woman for a new era. Encompassing the vision of her original creator, William Moulton Marston, Morrison presents a Diana who yearns to break free from her mother and the utopian society on Paradise Island to learn about the forbidden outside world. Her dreams may come true when Air Force pilot Steve Trevor crashes on their shores, and she must defy the laws of the Amazons to return him to Man’s World.
Is she ready for the culture shock that awaits her in America? And is the world ready for this Wonder Woman?

I was under the impression that The Multiversity was Grant Morrison’s final work in the DC universe, but I’m glad to be proven wrong. With the freedom that comes along with the standalone nature of the Earth One moniker, Morrison will have a lot of room to get creative with Wonder Woman, and I can’t wait to see what he does.

 

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Island #7

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Matt DeForge & Various (A) Matt DeForge & Various (CA) Matt Sheean, Malachi Ward

BRANDON GRAHAM’s award-winning anthology returns! This issue introduces the first Image work by the amazing indy cartoonist MICHAEL DeFORGE (Ant Colony, Lose) along with the third chapter of MATT SHEEAN & MALACHI WARD’s “ANCESTOR.”

No surprise here. Island has been an incredible anthology magazine, and I find myself looking forward to the new artists and writers I discover in every issue. Island #7 will have part three of Malachi Ward and Matt Sheean’s Ancestor, which has been one of my favorite new comics in the past year.

November 2015 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Prophet Earth War #1 (of 6)

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brandon Graham, Simon Roy (A) Ron Ackins (CA) Simon Roy

THE EPIC CONCLUSION TO PROPHET BEGINS HERE!
A clone general goes against his Brain-Mother overlords to gain control of an alien egg.

IT HAS RETURNED. Graham and company’s run on Prophet has been some of the best science fiction in comics, and Earth War will be the six part conclusion to the series. After the last arc of Prophet ended in July of 2014, there was some confusion as to when Earth War would be published, or if we would see it at all. Alas, dear readers, this series is finally coming to your local comic shop. If you like weird sci-fi, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

 

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Nowhere Men #7

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Eric Stephenson (A) Jordie Bellaire & Various (CA) Fonographiks, Dave Taylor

NEW STORY ARC
ERIC STEPHENSON, JORDIE BELLAIRE, and FONOGRAFIKS welcome new artists DAVE TAYLOR and EMI LENOX as the Eisner-nominated series returns with the first of six all-new issues. Featuring thirty-two pages of story and no ads for $2.99, the second story arc picks up right where the volume one trade paperback left off and will ship monthly through May 2016.

Speaking of a book being on hiatus,the last issue of Nowhere Men was published on October 16th, 2013. After over two years of waiting, the return of this riveting series is on the horizon. Although I am excited to see what the new creative team brings (nice to see Emi Lenox of Plutona will be working on the book), I am still saddened by the indefinite departure of Nowhere Men’s original artist, Nate Bellegarde. During the book’s hiatus, Bellegarde wrote a candid blog post on why the book was in limbo, attributing it largely to his personal struggles with anxiety and depression (you can read his post here). In that respect, the return of Nowhere Men is bittersweet for me, but I am hoping for the best for the series, the new creative team, and for Bellegarde.

 

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Doom Patrol TP Vol 1 & Nameless HC

I couldn’t decided on which Grant Morrison collected edition I wanted to include here, so I decided to choose both! Doom Patrol is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while now, so I am excited to have a new printing that I can jump into easily. I’ve enjoyed the weird sci-fi horror of Nameless, and I’m looking forward to see how it wraps up (one issue left!). It looks like I may be picking up this hardcover edition of all six issues, as well.

 

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A Heap of Video Game Stuff

Browsing through this month’s issue of Previews, I noticed there’s a ton of cool video game-related stuff coming out soon. Although I’ve never played World of Warcraft myself, Blizzard Interactive is known for populating their games with interesting lore, and this World of Warcraft Chronicle Hardcover Volume 1 looks to be a really nice way to explore some of that stuff (fans of Hearthstone will probably enjoy it, too!). Along those lines, we’ll also be seeing hardcover art books being released for upcoming video games like Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, as well as Bethesda’s Fallout 4. Speaking of Bethesda, Funko will be releasing action figures for both The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 that are looking pretty cool. Not to mention this awesome model kit for MGS V: The Phantom Pain’s Metal Gear Sahelanthropus.

 

Shh, no words. Just Furbacca.

October 2015 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Private Eye – Deluxe Edition HC

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A) Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente (CA) Marcos Martin

THE EISNER AWARD-WINNING “BEST DIGITAL COMIC” IS FINALLY AVAILABLE IN PRINT!

Because retailers, readers, and ROBERT KIRKMAN demanded it, the online sensation from PanelSyndicate.com’s BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (SAGA, PAPER GIRLS) and MARCOS MARTIN (The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange: The Oath) is finally coming to print with this gorgeous deluxe hardcover edition, presented in the story’s original widescreen format!

Years after the digital cloud “bursts” and exposes all of our worst secrets, THE PRIVATE EYE is set in an inevitable future where everyone has a secret identity. Following an unlicensed P.I. who is thrust into the most important case of his life, this sci-fi mystery explores the nature of privacy with frightening prescience.

Collects THE PRIVATE EYE #1-10

Private Eye is a book that I’ve been meaning to read since its first issue. Strangely, even with the appeal of cyber-dystopian noir and a writer like Brian K. Vaughan attached to it, I’ve yet to get around to reading it. Now that the previously digital-only book is being printed in its entirety, I’ve got no excuse. I can’t wait to finally read this one and see how the “widescreen” 12″ x 8″ format translates on the page.

 

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Black Jack Ketchum #1 (of 4)

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Brian Schimer (A) Claudia Balboni (CA) Jeremy Saliba

In a dreamlike version of the Old West, Tom Ketchum struggles to clear his name-and stay alive-when he’s mistaken for wanton outlaw “Black Jack” Ketchum. With the aid of his talking sidearm, a secretive gambler, and a mute girl with a Winchester, Tom evades the mysterious Union and its supernatural enforcers, the faceless Dusters, as he’s forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his very existence.

I love the idea of a surreal take on the American Old West. Imagine if Luis Buñuel made a cowboy movie. I would absolutely watch that. I was interested in the concept of this book, but the panels shown in this month’s Previews are what sold me. One image in particular shows two characters that are humanoid in shape, but their bodies are made up of an outer-space landscape (reminiscent of DC’s New Starman, but without a face). Also, they were wearing dusters. Yep. I’m definitely interested to check out this four-part miniseries.

 

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The Massive: Ninth Wave #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Brian Wood (A) Garry Brown (CA) John Paul Leon

In the pages of The Massive, Ninth Wave was struggling to repair a broken world. But before that, they were the preeminent global environmental-rescue unit, taking on criminals, polluters, politicians, and rogue states. The Massive: Ninth Wave tells these stories in a stylish, high-action, done-in-one format, reuniting the entire creative team from the original series.  

I’ve only read the first trade of The Massive, but I really enjoyed what I read. It’s a character-driven, slow burn of a book, with a vision of the future that’s grounded in reality. Ninth Wave gives me more incentive to finally catch up with The Massive and see what the crew were up to before the events of the main series.

 

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New Romancer #1 (of 12)

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Brett Parson

Fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, Lexy becomes a coder for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron. Online dating meets courtly love in this paranormal rom-com by Vertigo veteran writer Peter Milligan and rising art-star Brett Parson (Tank Girl).

With an amalgamation of computer programming, online dating, and 19th-century Romantic literature, New Romancer sounds like a crazy book. Although I do think that the premise is pretty interesting, Peter Milligan writing it is what has me most excited about the book. I’m currently finishing up reading the omnibus for Milligan and Allred’s X-Statix run, and I’ve been loving it. I’m very curious to check this one out.

Panini 2015 NFL Player of the Day

  Panini 2015 NFL Player of the Day Promotion

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We are happy to be a participating store in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day Promotion. What is the Player of the Day Promotion? Well, it is your chance to win special promotional packs of Panini brand football cards and a chance for you to win our store’s grand prize, an autographed card of Ameer Abdullah (pictured below)!

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How to Play

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2015 Panini brand NFL Cards. This includes popular brands  such as Score, Donruss, Clear Vision, Prestige and others. There is a no-purchase-necessary option as well (ask us to see the official rules for details).

Step 2 – To win, you must open a pack you have purchased in front of a store employee. If you “pull” the highlighted Panini NFL Player of the Day or either of the Wild Cards (Andrew Luck or Dez Bryant) you win two promotional packs on the spot. For each win you also will earn one raffle entry to be that week’s weekly prize winner. You may win once a day and up to seven days a week.

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select one of the daily winners as a weekly prize winner and award a prize package from a prize kit provided by Panini. Weekly winners will then be put into a raffle to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed Ameer Abdullah card.

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the 32-day promotion, we will randomly select one of the four weekly winners as the Panini NFL Player of the Month winner. The winner will be awarded the grand prize (an autographed Ameer Abdullah card) and additional prizes from the kit.

Step 5 – The grand prize winner will also be entered into the national sweepstakes with a chance to spend a day with an NFL player!

 

Join the Battle for Zendikar

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The Battle for Zendikar begins this month.  Attend our events and either aid the forces led by Gideon and Nissa or aid the unknowable Eldrazi as they consume all.

Pre-Release events are on the weekend of September 25th – 27th.  The first will be at Midnight on Friday, September 25th.  The second will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 26th.  The third will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, September 27th.  All of these events have limited seating and registration is recommended (details about how our new calendar handles registration click here).  Starting with Battle for Zendikar we will be using a new prizing format for our Midnight and Sunday events.  These events will last for 4 rounds.  Each player will win one Battle for Zendikar pack for each round they score a match win.  Even if you win no matches, you will win one pack.  Our Saturday event will prize out as before, based on attendance and with first place winning a Sealed Box of Battle for Zendikar.

The next Battle for Zendikar events will be the two Friday Night Magic events at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 2nd.  We will hold both a Standard Constructed event and a Booster Draft event (each player receiving 3 packs of Origins with which to build a 40 card deck).  These events do not require registration.

Our third type of event will be a Sealed Deck, Two-Headed Giant tournament at Noon on Saturday, October 3rd.  Registration is recommended for this event.

The final events for Battle for Zendikar will be the Standard Constructed Game Days, held on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday October 25th.  Both events will begin at 10am.

We look forward to seeing you!