Panini Announces Trade Conference Plans, Return of ‘Black Box’

The 24th Annual Hawaii Trade Conference – Florida Edition, is being held stateside for the third year in a row, April 20-22. Officials from Panini America (which consists of mostly former Donruss employees), will be on-hand participating in both the Retailer Roundtable and Meet the Manufacturer events. Panini America will also be introducing new CEO, Michael Eisenstein, to the industry.

"This has always been a key event for our industry," said Panini America Vice President Mike Anderson. "It’s imperative for us to meet and discuss where the industry is headed and introduce the Panini vision to the industry.”

Panini America will continue the trend of producing the events most popular promotion, the "Black Box," with this year’s version containing four autographs! Each box has six cards: three one-of-one press plates (two of which are autographed), two additional autographs and one non-autographed card. One of the cards will be slabbed. 

“The "Black Box" has developed into the signature collectible of the event, so its only fitting we add as much content as possible to them for the shop owners that are making the commitment to attend during a tough economy," adds Anderson.

The Trade Conference also leads into the NFL Draft (being held that weekend) and with Panini America being the "Official Trading Card of the 2009 NFL Draft," cards from some of the top picks will be produced and distributed at the event, too.

The conference is the key event of the year for the sports collectibles industry. F+W Media, Inc. has owned and operated the Hawaii Trade Conference since 1999.

For more information about the 24th Annual Hawaii Trade Conference, visit

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