Just announced within the last couple of hours, Panini America has extended their exclusive deal as the sole company to provide NBA basketball cards to collectors out there in a new multi-year agreement.
Most of the responses on the Twitterverse have been positive, with several congratulatory messages to the only company to have a presence in all four major sports along with FIFA and several entertainment ventures. Even Kobe Bryant got in on the announcement where he stated, “[Panini] brings trading cards back to having a cool factor” and “Panini will be on the cutting edge of what they do.”
Personally as a collector, I’m not a huge fan of exclusive deals because I like the variety of products. I say the same thing when it comes to baseball cards. On a plus note, there are less rookie autographs out there so it helps with the value a bit. Did you see the Kyrie Irving autographs earlier this season on eBay? Wow. Or the Jeremy Lins last year? Two very good examples on how it shapes the market. As a business move, it’s a great move for Panini in securing those rights, so kudos on that. And with the expansion of products into China, Panini is moving into a strong Asian market for basketball collectibles.
Panini is here to stay in the NBA trading card arena. For more information on the deal visit their official blog.
The 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospect autograph checklist has been revealed, check out who you can pull from this year’s product, with some great prospects on this list.
Shawon Dunston Jr.
Who are you most excited about pulling?
Mr. Luck has had a pretty solid rookie season thus far as the number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Andrew Luck’s talent on and off the field must really resonate with Panini as he is the first NFL player to have an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal with Panini Authentic.
With Luck’s addition, he joins Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Durant on the official roster of Panini Authentic exclusives. It is worth noting, this does not include trading cards. (The NFL does not allow exclusives on trading cards.) This exclusive agreement only includes memorabilia and autographed memorabilia which can now, only be bought on the Panini Authentic website.
When asked for clarification on this, Panini VP of Marketing Jason Howarth noted, “Andrew will continue to be a big part of our trading card biz – but he is exclusive for memorabilia via Panini Authentic.”
Read more about this agreement on Panini’s official blog.
Not so hot from the Topps press as it’s a little old now, but I haven’t posted it yet due to me forgetting about it. It’s been sitting in my email, but check it out, it’s definitely a cool opportunity for those collectors who love their baseball prospects.
I’ll continue to say, Topps has done awesome things to bring you closer to the hobby than ever with these experiences.
BOWMAN IS OFFERING COLLECTORS THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. BECOME THE BOWMAN SCOUT AND HELP US UNCOVER “WHO’S NEXT?”
Is your knowledge and passion for Baseball and more importantly the Minor Leagues and prospects better than most people you know? Do you have an eye for talent and a love for following a prospect’s journey to the big leagues?
If so, the Bowman team WANTS YOU! We are looking for a knowledgeable and passionate prospector to become a Bowman Scout. As a Bowman Scout you will..
• Work regularly with the Bowman team to identify top prospects and create the Bowman Top 100 Prospect list!
• Express your opinions on prospects on behalf of the Bowman team via Bowman’s social media platform
• Host special interviews where you will rate and evaluate prospects with the Bowman Team during the season!
• Be featured in a Bowman Scout insert card in a 2013 product
Don’t miss out on this awesome experience.
Click here for the rules and click here for the application.
You have until November 15, 2012 to enter.
Upper Deck has been doing a great job of getting their checklists on big products out recently. None more exciting as the possibilities in 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball.
Click here for the 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball checklist, all set for you in Excel format.