The beginnings of Kobe Bryant‘s relationship with Panini started when he was just a kid. Growing up in Italy, he wanted to be featured on their trading cards one day. He remembers going into card shops, finding rookie cards of Michael Jordan, and just being blown away. Bryant says he never truly expected to have his own trading card collection, but now thanks to a partnership with Panini, his dream is coming true. Read More »
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I understand if you’re no longer a collector, but this story is just too crazy. After an impressive rookie campaign, Blake Griffin is now making noise off the court as well – specifically in regards to trading cards. While many of his top Panini America rookie cards fetched staggering prices during last season’s feeding frenzy, it’s safe to say no one saw this coming. Read More »
What exactly has Finals MVP and newly-crowned champ Dirk Nowitzki been up to since leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Championship last month? Apparently a lot.
In addition to visiting his native Germany (where he was treated like a rock star), Nowitzki threw out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers baseball game. He also took part in a private signing for the trading card company Panini America, signing photographs and trading cards. The signing was also for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. Read More »
What more could you ask for the day after being the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft? How about your own rookie card. Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company and the NBA’s exclusive trading card partner, announced today that they have inked an exclusive agreement with Kyrie Irving, joining an impressive roster of exclusive athletes in the Panini family that includes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, John Wall and fellow 2011 draftee Derrick Williams. Read More »
It wasn’t enough that Kevin Durant was voted in as a starter in this Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, he also had to make some noise before All-Star Weekend even officially got underway. This morning, Durant signed an exclusive multi-year agreement for trading cards and memorabilia with Panini America (which will include product and brand advertising), joining an elite group of official company spokesmen than includes Kobe Bryant and John Wall. Below, check out an exclusive interview with KD, inside his house during his first signing session.
While I was at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Tuesday, all 40 of the NBA’s top rookies were being photographed by Panini America for their very first NBA trading cards. Panini, in its second season as the exclusive trading card partner of the NBA, has been doing big things ever since they linked up with the League. Need an example? The leading global publisher of sports and entertainment collectibles has entered into an exclusive relationship with No. 1 pick John Wall. Check out his first rookie card below. Read More »