The Panini VIP Party now has a Big Baller.
Panini America revealed the 10th guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s UCLA star and new Los Angeles Laker rookie Lonzo Ball.
The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.
Ball was drafted second overall by the Lakers in the draft after averaging 14. points 6.0 rebound and 7.6 assists a game for the Bruins last season. The team went 31-5 and finished third in the Pac-12 under coach Steve Alford.
Earlier today, Panini revealed Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, who’ll bring “Prime Time” to the Saturday night soiree. In 14 seasons with the Falcons, 49ers, Cowboys, Redskins and Ravens, the former Florida State star picked up two Super Bowl rings. On Thursday, Panini announced LaDainian Tomlinson, who will be headed to Canton, Ohio, next week to join the NFL’s elite forever, to be on the list.
On Wednesday, panini revealed MLB hit king Pete Rose and eight-time boxing champ Thomas “Hitman” Hearns would be at the party, too. He 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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