Panini Authentic Inks Exclusive Multi-Year Autograph And Memorabilia Agreement With NFL Superstar Andrew Luck
IRVING, Texas, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Panini America (www.paniniamerica.net), the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has signed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to an exclusive multi-year autograph and memorabilia agreement through its Panini Authentic division.
Luck becomes the first NFL player to join Panini Authentic’s exclusive roster of athletes that also includes NBA superstars Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant. Luck’s autographed memorabilia – including signed helmets, jerseys and photographs – are available now exclusively on the Panini Authentic Website (www.paniniauthentic.com).
“Andrew has been a featured attraction in our officially licensed 2012 NFL trading cards this season and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Panini Authentic family as our first exclusive NFL player,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “We’ve been waiting for just the right player to spearhead Panini Authentic’s expansion into other sports. Andrew Luck is that player.”
Through the first five games of his NFL career, Luck has thrown for more than 1,400 yards and seven touchdown passes.
During his final season at Stanford in 2011, Luck was awarded the Walter Camp Award as National Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, and First Team All-American honors on the strength of 3,517 passing yards and 39 total touchdowns. Luck also holds Pac-12/Pac-10 records for highest completion percentage in both a season (2011) and career, as well as passer efficiency rating in a career.
“From producing my first Rookie trading cards this season, to this new partnership with Panini Authentic, Panini America has been a great supporter during my rookie season,” Luck said. “It is an honor to be the first NFL player to join Panini Authentic and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity moving forward.”
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 relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Hello Kitty, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.
The Panini Group, established almost 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, Hello Kitty, 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 www.paniniamerica.net, www.paninigroup.com or www.paniniamerica.wordpress.com. You can also follow Panini America on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube.
Tracy Hackler, Panini America
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