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.
Football collectors love the rookies, and a highly touted one for the 2013 draft is former West Virginia signal caller Geno Smith. The quarterback has signed an autograph and trading card deal with Panini.
Panini is setting up shop at the NFL Experience during Super Bowl XLVII and offering a commemorative set of football trading cards that will honor the participating teams and the hometown Saints.
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.
As the exclusive provider of NBA cards, Panini is pulling out all the stops. Coming soon is Gold Standard Basketball, filled with what everyone wants: stars, rookies and plenty of the bling.
Panini’s Black Friday promotion was one of the highlights in sports cards last year, and the company is gearing up for another groundbreaking promotion this year. Here are some initial details, with much more to come in the next week or so.
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.
The latest star athlete to join Panini Authentic is Andrew Luck, the first NFL player to represent the company.