The Panini VIP Party will pack some punch — and that’s not just in all those SWAG bags and promo packs.
Panini America revealed the sixth guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s eight-time champ Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, who was the first fighter to win titles in five weight divisions.
The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.
Hearns compiled a 61-5-1 record during his career, which had him named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine in 1980 and 1984. He retired in 2006 and has helped promote fights since.
Panini previously announced Latrell Sprewell and Glen Rice as guests revealed here today. In 13 seasons with the Warriors, Knicks and Timberwolves, Sprewell was a four-time All-Star averaging 18.3 points per game. Rice played 15 seasons for the Heat, Hornets, Lakers, Knicks, Rockets and Clippers and was a three-time All-Star who also averaged 18.3 a game. They’ll both be on hand along with Hearns and other guests to talk with collectors at the VIP party and each attendee will receive signed photos from them and the other stars attending the show.
Announced Tuesday was Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn, who averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 assists per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season before he was part of the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.
The first guests announced on Monday were the sons of Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, Danny and David, who helped bring the legendary player back to cards as part of a deal with Panini earlier this year.
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