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Panini America Inks Multiyear Trading Card Pact with National Baseball Hall of Fame

February 8, 2012

Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has reached a multiyear trading card agreement with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum beginning with the 2012 season.

The deal grants Panini America the trading cards rights to use all Hall of Fame inductees as well as all Hall of Fame marks, artifacts and induction ceremony images in six of the company’s baseball card sets per year.

This agreement continues to significantly bolster Panini America’s presence in baseball and comes on the heels of the company securing a trading card license with Major League Baseball Players Association in September. It is the third relationship Panini has secured with a sports Hall of Fame, adding to their existing relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and The Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum represents the greatest players and personalities the sport has ever known and this partnership will help us bring that level of unparalleled excellence to our products,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “The trading cards we make utilizing this license will no doubt be Hall of Fame worthy.”

“We’ve been impressed with how quickly Panini America has established its leadership position in the sports collectibles arena since coming to the U.S. in 2009, and we’re thrilled with the prospects of this relationship,” said Sean Gahagan, Retail and Licensing Vice President for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Their creativity and innovation are second to none, and we’re eager to see the new product releases for the coming year.”

PaniniAmerica’s first incorporation of the new license will come with the release of the company’s 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball product, due out in March.

Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures fully licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Lee Patton permalink
    February 8, 2012 10:19 am

    Another Reason Panini is my favorite card company! I just completed the base set for Certified Hockey! I love that product!

  2. February 8, 2012 10:23 am

    This is AMAZING news! I can’t wait to see some of the products that these legendary figures will be a part of. Any chance we can get a list of players for this group and the MLBPA group that we can expect to see?

  3. Sean permalink
    February 8, 2012 11:11 am

    MLB needs to give you your license back! These would be so much better with the old team logos! Topps can’t put out anything better than a low level product! I miss the days of 2005 Donruss products!

  4. Matt gilman permalink
    February 8, 2012 11:50 am

    Great news Tracy!! That Jackie Robinson is one sick card! Prime Cuts already looks great.
    panini owns the Trading card market. Wow! Just an MLB license away. Wished It would happen. Might spike my interest in baseball cards again. Right now, I am all the way football, but if Panini and the donruss brands came back….well…baseball could be collected by me again.

    Must be great to be back at the office with big news like this! and being in the office in general to catch up 🙂

  5. February 8, 2012 12:37 pm

    Congrats guys, one step closer to the ultimate goal.

  6. February 8, 2012 1:14 pm

    Congrats guys!!

  7. Ryan permalink
    February 8, 2012 1:38 pm

    Topps is GARBAGE! I love seeing die cut cards that spell out “He Likes PBJ Sandwiches” in $100 packs.


  8. Zach Rice permalink
    February 8, 2012 1:50 pm

    How about making a modern set with on card autographs the regular card thickness, same gloss as 1981 Donruss and without holo-foil. I think it would compete well with some of your competition.

  9. Jay L permalink
    February 8, 2012 1:55 pm

    Wow, really love the jackie robinson card. Looking forward to prime cuts.

  10. Micah Distel permalink
    February 8, 2012 3:10 pm

    can’t wait to see these cards on the shelf

  11. February 9, 2012 4:50 am

    And the juggernaut rolls on, shows the level of respect and trust the Hof organisations have for Panini and that they can see what you can do to showcase them to the world. Nice work guys!!


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