Based on the success of Topps Now, Panini has announced its own real-time trading cards with Panini Instant. Sports moments will be available as cards the next day, offered for 24 hours.
In a move reported earlier, Panini and the NFL have made their exclusive partnership for trading cards and stickers official.
Panini America signed former Oregon Ducks quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota to a trading card and autograph agreement for the 2015 season that will include Mariota’s first licensed NFL and collegiate trading cards and autographed trading cards.
Fans of commemorative card sets will be looking to Panini this week, as the card company rolls out an exclusive set for the 2015 NBA All-Stars and the newly minted Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Panini America has big plans for the NFL Experience, including three special card sets — one devoted to the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, one devoted to 16 of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history and one devoted to the hometown Arizona Cardinals.
Panini America has reached exclusive trading card agreements with more than 200 additional universities that will allow the company to use the schools’ team logos and university marks in its trading card products for college specific trading card sets.
Derek Jeter signed cards, buy-backs of original Donruss-branded cards, will be appearing in select Panini baseball products, starting with Classics Baseball in November.
The University of Georgia, University of Kentucky and University of Miami have come to terms with Panini, allowing the card manufacturer to exclusively produce cards bearing their marks.
Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter Contest returns for a second year, with Trent Dilfer coaching the lucky winner on media relations. Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter entry cards are inserted into every pack of the company’s 2014 Score, 2014 Rookies & Stars, 2014 Prizm, 2014 Absolute and 2014 Contenders NFL trading card products.
Teddy Bridgewater’s first NFL rookie cards and autographed cards will arrive in the June release of Panini America’s 2014 Score Football.