Panini America’s NBA team has a new player.
Damian Lillard signed a multi-year exclusive deal for autographed trading cards and memorabilia with the company and it was revealed on Monday.
“Damian is absolutely one of the most popular and exciting players in the NBA today and his star is on the rise,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “He’s a bona fide superstar and a perfect fit to join the exclusive fraternity of Panini Authentic exclusive athletes. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching him blossom since entering the NBA. Now we get the opportunity to work closely with him to the benefit of his countless fans and collectors.”
Lillard’s first signed cards will appear in 2016-17 National Treasures, which arrives this week, and autographed memorabilia can be had via alongside other exclusives Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, John Wall and Blake Griffin.
An LSU star headed into the NFL Draft has a new team — Panini America.
Leonard Fournette has signed an exclusive deal with the company along with Panini Authentic, the company’s memorabilia line, as well as a deal for his autographs and memorabilia. His first cards? There’s no need to wait as they arrive today via Panini Instant.
“I’m so proud to announce my new partnership with Panini America, which will give fans the chance to immediately get their hands on memorabilia and trading cards,” he said. “When I first signed with Roc Nation Sports they promised to deliver on some groundbreaking partnerships right off the jump. Now, as the first running back to become an exclusive member of Panini Authentic, I know I will be able to reach my fan base and Buga Nation on a more personal level before even starting my professional career.”
Panini Authentic exclusive signer Kyrie Irving is the latest member of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers committed to sign championship memorabilia as the company revealed his lineup of items on Thursday.
The first four pieces in the Panini Authentic Kyrie Championship Collection were teased by the memorabilia division of the NBA’s exclusive card-maker and none costs more than $400.
Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Washington’s Marquese Chriss have signed exclusive autograph card and memorabilia deals with Panini America, according to an announcement from the company on Thursday afternoon.
Both are likely top-10 picks in tonight’s NBA Draft.
“There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the 2016 NBA Draft Class and these two players are a big reason why,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “As we look to the start of a new NBA trading card season and the importance every new rookie crop plays in our success, we can’t wait to get started.”
Kevin Durant will remain a part of the Panini America team for an extended and exclusive amount of time after signing a new deal with the company that was announced on Monday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star will be a global spokesman for the company’s trading cards and its Panini Authentic memorabilia line — an exclusive deal that applies with cards, autographs, marketing and business development.
“Kevin Durant is one of the most recognizable professional athletes in the world but he transcends the game of basketball,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO, in a prepared release. “The way he carries himself on and off the court is as inspirational to us as it is to millions of fans throughout the world. We’re proud to be entering this new exclusive relationship with Kevin and the Panini family and look forward to a bright future with him. He’s meant so much to our company, our products and our brand and we’re excited to expand that relationship through both Kevin’s business sense and his fanbase.”
Steiner Sports knows that Cleveland Browns fans have had a tough time collecting autographs of good quarterbacks lately and the New Rochelle, N.Y.-based autograph and memorabilia company announced a new program Thursday that may help take away some of the collecting pain caused by Johnny Football — and a few other notably bad quarterbacks in the team’s past, too.
You can trade in one of your certified autographed items of any Browns starting QB since 1999 for a $100 gift card.