From the Industry Summit in Las Vegas, Panini America announced it has reached an exclusive multi-year autograph agreement with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. First product to feature Strasburg will be 2012 Prizm Baseball ion April.
Panini America has announced Tim Franz as its new director of sales. Franz previously worked for Donruss, Fleer and Topps.
As part of the agreement, Panini will conduct youth skills clinics annually at the Hall of Fame. Panini will also produce special autographed trading cards honoring members of each new class of enshrinees.
Panini Authentic will now be the exclusive provider of game-used gear from the Denver Broncos. In addition, Panini will be a supporting sponsor of Broncos Bunch, the official kids club of the Broncos, providing trading cards and more to the group.
The NBA trading card business will remain in the hands of Panini, after the company announced a new multi-year partnership with the NBA that keeps Panini as the exclusive trading card partner.