Panini America has hired collectibles industry veteran D.J. Kazmierczak as its vice president of sales. Kazmierczak will oversee the company’s U.S. sales operations and will report to Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.
Panini America will pay tribute to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the 2012-13 season with a unique year-long trading card set, Kobe Anthology, devoted exclusively to the five-time NBA champion.
Panini has inked a multi-year trading cards deal with No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis, allowing for autographed cards and much more.
Panini has expanded its agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and will also sponsor all autograph sessions during HOF induction weekend.
For those busting a lot of Panini product at the National Convention, $6,500 worth, the Texas company is offering a VIP experience filled with Hall of Fame athlete appearances, exclusive product and much more.
Upper Deck and Panini will be trying to make ammends with redemptions found in earlier products at the National Convention by offering special programs to get those redemptions filled at the National and offering chances to swap those redemptions for equal-value cards.
To kick off this week’s NBA Draft, Panini has announced an exclusive trading card agreement with seven of the potential first-round picks including Thomas Robinson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Piggybacking on one of the most successful hobby shop promotion in years, according to industry sources, Panini will bring back the Black Friday magic a little earlier this year, conducting a similar event on Father’s Day, June 17.
Fresh off an agreement with the National Baseball Hall of fame earlier this year, Panini has announced a new set: Cooperstown Baseball, featuring – you guessed it – members of the most hallowed hall of all. Product releases in July, with the chance for collectors to win a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Every 24-pack box is expected to yield at least two autographs and will feature 24 rookie cards. Each rookie card will feature the team the player was drafted by.