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BREAKING: Panini America Inks Exclusive Autograph Deal with Stephen Strasburg

March 19, 2013

Panini America 2012 Prizm Baseball Previews (26)

LAS VEGASPanini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has reached an exclusive multiyear autograph agreement with Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. The deal grants Panini America the exclusive rights to produce autographed trading cards of Strasburg, a 15-game winner in 2012 who led the Nationals to the NL East title and their first postseason berth.

Panini America’s first Strasburg autograph cards will appear in the April release of its MLBPA-licensed 2012 Prizm Baseball product and will feature Strasburg in his USA Baseball uniform. Panini America is the official and exclusive trading card partner of USA Baseball.

“Stephen Strasburg is one of the most dominant pitchers in the game today; and one of baseball’s most popular and collected players,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “His exclusive presence in our licensed MLBPA trading card releases is a huge development for us and will add even more excitement to our roster of products. We’re honored that Stephen has entrusted us – exclusively – to represent and protect the integrity and collectibility of his autographed trading cards.”

Strasburg is Panini’s first exclusive athlete for its MLBPA trading card products and joins a roster of other exclusive athletes including five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, two-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets. Panini also has an exclusive autograph memorabilia deal with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for its Panini Authentic memorabilia division.

“I’m excited to announce my relationship with an innovative company like Panini and deliver my autographs to baseball collectors exclusively in Panini trading card products,” Strasburg said. “I’m looking forward to working with Panini and joining the ranks of their other exclusive athletes for trading cards.”

Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details on the Strasburg deal.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2013 1:14 pm

    That’s a big damn deal! Congratulations!

  2. Seth M. Murphy permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:14 pm

    Exclusive contracts are absolutely terrible for the collector’s. These contracts are bad for the people who keep you in business. Bad move.

    • Tushawny permalink
      March 25, 2013 1:28 pm

      Especially when they mark the end of lisensed autographs to boot.

  3. Greg permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:15 pm

    As an SDSU alum I’m pumped to hear the news. Any chance he’ll be in an Aztecs uni??

  4. Lillian permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:19 pm

    WOW! Giving [the other company] a run for the money, now all you need is the MLB license back, that would be pure success

  5. Thomas permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:21 pm

    Strasburg is must See TV every time he toes the slab!!!

  6. Brad Absher permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:29 pm


  7. Tushawny permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:41 pm

    The Washington ball club…yikes

  8. Jay L. permalink
    March 19, 2013 1:47 pm

    that card looks sick

  9. March 19, 2013 2:05 pm

    That is a sweet looking card 🙂 almost makes me want to collect baseball

  10. Dave permalink
    March 19, 2013 2:06 pm

    wow, moster signing

  11. March 19, 2013 2:07 pm

    Great news, another stud added to Panini’s already impressive stable of exclusives. Thanks Tracy!

  12. Dave permalink
    March 19, 2013 2:18 pm

    i meant monster;)

  13. "the hitman" permalink
    March 19, 2013 2:38 pm


  14. fatcatt permalink
    March 19, 2013 4:04 pm

    Wow guys congrats..quite a star studded line up you are generating at Panini. Great for everyone!

  15. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 19, 2013 4:42 pm

    such awesome news

  16. March 19, 2013 6:31 pm

    Wow, that’s pretty big.

    I think he and his boys in DC are going to have a monster year.

  17. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    March 20, 2013 5:22 am

    Thats a huge deal! Congrats guys!

  18. March 20, 2013 3:38 pm

    Nice shirt! 😉

  19. Eric Cabreros permalink
    March 22, 2013 2:56 pm


    Welcome to the best Company there is!


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