RGIII has Football Trading Card, Autograph Deal in Place With Panini

Panini America has announced a trading card agreement with Washington Redskins quarterback and 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III for the 2012 season.

The deal will include Griffin’s first officially licensed NFL and NFL PLAYERS trading cards, as well as his first licensed autographed trading cards.

“Robert Griffin III is one of the most dynamic playmakers to emerge at the quarterback position in many years and his extensive presence in our 2012 products will only add excitement to arguably the greatest rookie class of the last decade,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “We’re thrilled to have Griffin in the Panini America family, and we can’t wait to deliver his historic first licensed trading cards to fans and collectors around the world.”

Griffin’s first officially licensed trading cards will appear in Panini America’s 2012 Prestige Football product that is slated to release in June. In addition to traditional trading cards, Griffin also will be featured exclusively on the company’s pioneering HRX Video Trading Card technology, product packaging and in social media initiatives throughout the length of the agreement.

“As a kid, you go to the stores and you buy the trading cards and to know that I’ll finally be on those cards legitimately is very cool,” Griffin said. “Not everybody gets that chance, and I’m thankful that Panini America is making it possible for me. I’ll definitely savor it and just continue to build toward a better future.”

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