Panini America Sits Down with Kyrie Irving for Super Sunday Signing Session (Gallery)
On Sunday night in a suite near the top of a downtown Dallas hotel, one of the best players in the NBA watched Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII demolition of the Denver Broncos. But for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the game served as little more than ambient noise for his substantial signing session with Panini America’s Ivory Tabb. On this night, Irving’s primary focus wasn’t the Legion of Boom or Percy Harvin highlights, it was attempting to get caught up on his outstanding and upcoming on-card autographs.
And on Sunday night, Irving was a man on a mission. He spent more than two hours signing, focusing first on his 2011-12 Limited Basketball XRCs (yes, those Limited Basketball XRCs), his Inscriptions from 2012-13 Elite Basketball and various 2012-13 Signatures Basketball cards.
From there (in between offering his own unique rendition of the National Anthem and talking about exciting it was to be named an All-Star Game starter), Irving moved on to 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball, 2013-14 Timeless Treasures Basketball, 2013-14 Gold Standard Basketball, 2013-14 Court Kings Basketball and 2013-14 Titanium Basketball.
The next night, Irving led all scorers with 27 points and dished out eight assists in the Cavaliers’ 124-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
“He was in a great mood and he really wanted to catch up and be current,” Tabb said. “It’s very rare when an athlete of his caliber travels and decides to carry boxes of cards with him; he brought five sets with him on this road trip. I thought he’d only sign what I brought him, but he brought everything he had with him. That’s quite impressive.”
Speaking of impressive, you can check out just about everything Irving signed on Sunday in the gallery below, which also includes other recent arrivals from NBA stars past and present for upcoming Panini America products.
Enjoy the gallery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage.