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Panini America, Basketball Hall of Fame Ink Multi-Year Exclusive Agreement

February 15, 2013

Panini Basketball Hall of Fame logo

Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company and the exclusive manufacturer of NBA trading cards, announced on Friday that it has reached a multi-year agreement with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, extending the exclusive relationship that began in 2009 when Panini first entered the U.S. market.

As part of the agreement, Panini America will maintain exclusive rights to use Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame marks and logos on its trading cards and collectible stickers. The relationship also incorporates a number of new enhancements and an expanded presence around Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame events including Enshrinement Weekend, Hoophall Classic and Tip-Off Tournament. In addition, the Basketball Hall of Fame and Panini America will work to conduct youth Skills Clinics annually at the Hall of Fame. Panini America also will produce special autographed trading cards honoring members of each new class of enshrinees.

“Our exclusive relationship with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has been extremely important to us since we entered the U.S. market in 2009, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many more years,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members represent the most collected basketball fraternity in the world and remain a vital part of our officially licensed NBA trading card and sticker collections.”

“We are excited to continue our relationship with Panini America. Over the last three years, the level of commitment to showcasing Hall of Famers on trading cards has been refreshing,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Inc. “We look forward to the continued partnership between Panini America and the Basketball Hall of Fame.”

12 Comments leave one →
  1. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 15, 2013 12:09 pm

    I haven’t been to Springfield in many years but if you’re going to be there Tracy I will make the trip. Great news!

  2. Eric Cabreros permalink
    February 15, 2013 1:27 pm

    With our love of Basketball cards!
    We would like to congratulate Panini America
    For this exclusive deal.
    Someday we will also be able to see Naismith Hall Of Fame.

    • February 15, 2013 1:29 pm

      Much appreciated, Eric. We’re extremely proud of and excited about this partnership.

  3. wally permalink
    February 15, 2013 1:56 pm

    Congrats, did they ask you to eliminate redemptions?

  4. February 15, 2013 2:10 pm

    Will we see another Hall of Fame set? It would be nice to see HOF autos for those without any, maybe some cuts?

  5. February 16, 2013 3:08 am

    As a basketball hall of fame collector, this is tremendous news! Congrats Panini!

  6. February 16, 2013 6:02 am

    Very cool although was there ever really a doubt? Hope we will keep seeing some great HOF autos in sets be they cut or not.

  7. February 16, 2013 7:07 am

    I was there the year it opened (I believe it hadn’t been opened very long). Very cool indeed. Probably much better now as well compared to 20 or so years ago.

  8. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 16, 2013 12:56 pm

    look forward to seeing tons of awesome HOF cards

  9. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 18, 2013 4:57 am

    Congrats guys!


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