Panini America Signs Exclusive Trading Card Agreements with Twelve Top Draft Picks in Advance of 2013 NBA Draft

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Projected top-five picks Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Otto Porter and Alex Len highlight a deep 2013-14 class whose first Panini NBA Rookie Cards will arrive in October.

Panini America (http://www.paniniamerica.net), the official trading card partner of the NBA, announced today that it has reached exclusive trading card agreements with 12 projected first-round picks in advance of Thursday’s 2013 NBA Draft, including projected No. 1 overall pick Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), and fellow projected top-five selections Ben McLemore (Kansas), Otto Porter (Georgetown) and Alex Len (Maryland).

The agreements grant Panini America exclusive rights to produce officially licensed NBA Rookie Cards and autographed trading cards of these future NBA stars. The first Rookie Cards and autographs of the 2013-14 NBA Draft class will arrive in late October inside the company’s 2013-14 NBA Hoops product, which carries a $1.99 retail pack price.

In addition to the four players mentioned above, Panini America also inked exclusive agreements with: Victor Oladipo (G, Indiana), Anthony Bennett (F, UNLV), Michael Carter-Williams (G, Syracuse), Trey Burke (G, Michigan), Shabazz Muhammad (G/F, UCLA), Cody Zeller (F/C, Indiana), Dennis Schroeder (G, Germany), C.J. McCollum (G, Lehigh), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (G, Georgia), Jamaal Franklin (G, San Diego State), Shane Larkin (G, Miami) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (G, Michigan).

“We’re coming off of a truly historic NBA season that culminated with one of the greatest NBA Finals we’ve ever seen,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “Adding so many talented new faces to the Panini America NBA family for 2013-14 ensures that our momentum will continue and we’re excited about delivering the first Rookie Cards and autographs from this next class of NBA stars.”

ABOUT PANINI:
The Panini Group, established more than 50 years ago in Modena, Italy, has subsidiaries throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Panini is the world leader in officially licensed collectibles and is the most significant publisher of collectibles in the U.S., with official licenses for MLBPA, NBA, NFL, NHL, FIFA, USA Baseball, Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and other key properties from many other licensors. Panini has distribution channels in more than 100 countries and employs a staff of over 800. For more information visit us at http://www.paniniamerica.net, http://www.paninigroup.com or http://www.paniniamerica.wordpress.com. You can also follow Panini America on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube.

Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also has exclusive relationships with USA Baseball, USA Basketball and the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team. In addition Panini also has exclusive relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and The Pro Football Hall of Fame and owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber, One Direction and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.

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