2011 Panini Americana has been on the shelves for a few days now, but Donruss Americana has been in existence for nearly five years. The 2008 issue was the second series, and was numbered 101-200. Subsequent sets would restart at card number 1.
This is just a look at a few of the base cards, of course.
So, what makes the Americana series so cool? It brings me the opportunity to own cards, relics, and autographs of actors and actresses I otherwise wouldn't have access to. The names don't need to be big, as long as they bring a connection to someone. I can't afford or validate buying a hobby pack of the product, but my personal collection is full of relics and autographs from the Americana series.