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Panini America Inks Trading Card Deal with Projected No. 1 Overall Pick Geno Smith

February 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced on Friday that it has reached an autograph and trading card agreement with former West Virginia superstar quarterback Geno Smith for the 2013 NFL season. The deal is Smith’s first officially licensed NFL and NFL PLAYERS trading card deal and will include Smith’s first licensed autographed trading cards.

It was a point Smith delivered again and again during a two-hour media tour on Friday that began at the ESPN compound in New Orleans’ Jackson Square and continued on Super Bowl XLVII’s famed Radio Row during interviews with the likes of SiriusXM, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, and many more.

Truth be told, though, Smith broke the news himself Friday morning with a simple yet profound Tweet:

In addition to talking about his first NFL trading card and April’s 2013 NFL Draft, Smith also spent quite a bit of airtime talking about his role in tomorrow’s Panini America Pop Warner Skills Clinic at the NFL Experience.

“Geno Smith is an incredibly talented young player blessed with the kind of otherworldly skill set that sports fans and football card collectors alike absolutely love,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “Our unique partnership with him will help us deliver the most sought after Rookie Cards and autographs of one of the most sought after players in the entire 2013 rookie class – all season long.”

During a spectacular four-year career at West Virginia, Smith passed for more than 11,000 yards and 98 touchdowns and earned First Team All Big-East honors in 2011 and the 2012 Orange Bowl MVP Award.

Smith’s first officially licensed trading cards will appear in Panini America’s 2013 Score Football product that is slated to release in May. In addition to trading cards, Smith will be featured on product packaging and in social media initiatives throughout the length of the agreement.

Below, you can check out a gallery of images from this morning’s whirlwind media tour. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for a special video recap of the event that also includes Smith busting a few packs of 2012 Prizm Football.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. Ryan permalink
    February 1, 2013 2:48 pm

    Geno Smith is no where near the top of the draft class nor does he have any chance to be number 1. Why lie to the people who support you. Terribly disappointed.

  2. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 1, 2013 2:55 pm

    Great announcement, I bet Chiefs fans are already lining up for his stuff. Thanks Tracy

  3. February 1, 2013 3:04 pm

    The ’89 Score rookies look great in black.

  4. Greg F permalink
    February 1, 2013 3:13 pm

    Congrats on the deal with Geno. I’m sure he will be a big pull in the 2013 products.

  5. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 1, 2013 3:32 pm

    Congrats Geno and Panini! Great combo

  6. gary permalink
    February 1, 2013 4:11 pm

    tracy is that the design of 2013 score or just a subset? i hope it is a subset because i look forward to new designs each year but great looking cards!

  7. Greg p permalink
    February 1, 2013 6:32 pm

    Sounds good to me. Make mine a patch auto.

  8. Nick permalink
    February 2, 2013 10:00 am

    If you like sports cards, you’re rooting for Smith to go #1. Props to Panini for trying to get out ahead of the curve here. Whether or not Geno’s the best pro prospect in the draft doesn’t matter much when it comes to Quarterbacks.

  9. February 3, 2013 1:11 pm

    Ryan, you are a hater, plain and simple. Geno is a young talented black athlete and whether he is drafted in the first or the 15th round, whatever team picks him up will have scored big!

  10. Brent permalink
    February 4, 2013 9:06 am

    This post has potential to be very funny come draft time. I’m a fan of his but I don’t think he’s going to end up #1. He may not even end up being a first rounder.

  11. Michael permalink
    April 26, 2013 9:09 am

    He didnt go no 1, I wounder what Hackler will say now? 2nd Round for Geno!


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