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Panini Authentic Inks Exclusive Agreement with NFL Superstar Andrew Luck

October 15, 2012

Panini America, 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 – is available now exclusively on the Panini Authentic Website.

“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.”

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance later today for a special look behind the scenes at Luck’s first signing with Panini Authentic. But for now, enjoy this expansive gallery of some of Luck’s best 2012 Panini America trading cards so far.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2012 8:35 am

    Not bad company Andrew :).

  2. rninete permalink
    October 15, 2012 8:35 am

    Nice, Here I was thinking it would remain NBA…

  3. October 15, 2012 8:39 am

    Ahh nice! I was expecting another NBA player after looking at that silhouette, pleasant surprise! You tricky monkeys!

  4. fatcatt permalink
    October 15, 2012 8:50 am

    Good for you guys! Congrats! Good for all of us as well. Looking forward to years ahead with Luck on our side!

  5. October 15, 2012 9:04 am

    What an exciting announcement! He’s the future of the Colts and perhaps the league so this could be the biggest deal in the hobby. Does this mean Panini will be the only company to produce trading cards with his memorabilia and autographs as well? Thanks Tracy!

  6. October 15, 2012 9:07 am

    I can’t say that I’m not shocked. Good work on getting Mr. Luck!

  7. eric cabreros permalink
    October 15, 2012 9:23 am

    Very nice!
    All we thought he is a basket player!
    Lol!
    God luck on your success having him exclusively. More success to Panini!

  8. Student of the Game permalink
    October 15, 2012 10:12 am

    A nice trick during this Halloween season! Congrats…big things to come from Mr. Luck and Indy!

  9. Jeffrey D permalink
    October 15, 2012 10:52 am

    Like the others, I figured it would be another NBA player. This is a very big deal for Panini Authentic! Tracy, I could use some clarification, is this exclusive to just memorabilia or also his football cards? Congrats!

  10. October 15, 2012 11:29 am

    I got tricked into thinking it was an NBA player! I’m buying so much more panini products now! Congrats for signing the most promising rookie this year (in my opinion)!

  11. October 15, 2012 3:28 pm

    Tricky Tricky. I would’ve never guessed. Congrats!!

  12. October 15, 2012 3:30 pm

    PS-That Black Friday 2012 card has gotten me even more excited about this year’s black friday promotion!! Can’t wait!! Didn’t particpate last year but if the National packs are any indication, it will be great!!

  13. Cole Feinbloom permalink
    October 15, 2012 11:58 pm

    Congrats on signing Luck. Not bad to be associated with the other players. Not bad at all.

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