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Panini Authentic Sits Down for First Signing with Cavaliers Rookie Star Kyrie Irving

February 16, 2012

All this talk about Jeremy Lin (which we absolutely love, by the way) has served to swipe some of the spotlight away from another young player enjoying a spectacular season in his own right: Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving.

Panini America signed Irving — a player Dime Magazine recently called Cleveland’s “New King” — to an exclusive agreement in late June. And earlier this week, Panini Authentic point man Brian Bayne traveled to Cleveland to conduct the company’s first signing with the NBA’s leading rookie scorer (18.2 ppg).

To be sure, Bayne made the most of his time with Irving, securing the standout’s distinctive signature on several new items that will be available for sale on the Panini Authentic Website in the coming days. Bayne also brought the ultimate Irving souvenir back to Panini America HQ — a pair of signed and game-worn sneakers that Irving wore for several games in early January.

And before you ask, yes, those shoes will be available on the site, too. So check Panini Authentic often and enjoy the following glimpses of Irving’s first Panini America signing. Trust us, there will be more.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:39 pm

    You the man KI

  2. Greg Malloy permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:59 pm

    I really havenot been following basketball lately is this guy like a John Wall? Is this the rookie to be on the look out for?

    • Nick Gauder permalink
      February 16, 2012 5:54 pm

      YEs this is the IT rookie this year. He’ playing better than any rookie this season. I cant wait for the first chance to pull one of his rookie autos!

    • February 16, 2012 6:14 pm

      no he is way better than John Wall he is doing better than Lebron in his rookie year

  3. February 16, 2012 5:50 pm

    Nice memorabilia but let’s see Kyrie putting some ink on cardboard!

  4. February 16, 2012 9:51 pm

    Sweet! Hope he ends up being allowed to play for the Boomers, pretty cool with the dual citizenship he would choose the Aussie national team!

  5. February 17, 2012 1:09 am

    He definitely has a nice, big interesting autograph. Too bad I haven’t been hearing too much about him this year but he has quietly been under the radar.

  6. Matt gilman permalink
    February 17, 2012 6:55 am

    Some nice stuff!!
    He is rookie of the year to me! And being a former Duke player, I am rooting him on!

    • Matt gilman permalink
      February 17, 2012 6:57 am

      I meant…with him being a former Duke player…not me…I wished….just a Duke fan here. What a crazy game last night!

  7. February 17, 2012 11:56 am

    My kid went to the Kyrie Irving basketball camp last summer and got an autograph poster and 4×6 card signed in person by Kyrie Irving. We can’t wait to see some trading cards from Panini with Kyrie’s signature.

  8. February 17, 2012 9:31 pm

    Those kicks are cool. It looks like he actually wore them more than once… which is cool. Nice inscription.

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