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Panini America Lands Lillard Autos for Last Four Products of 2012-13 NBA Season

September 4, 2013

Lillard Flawless 4

Following a few days filled with rampant speculation and social media chatter,  Panini America officials today formally announced that the company has secured autographs of 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard for inclusion in Panini America’s final four products of the 2012-13 NBA season: Innovation (which releases today), Intrigue, Immaculate and Flawless. The announcement is a huge one for basketball collectors as it will allow Panini America to deliver the first NBA-licensed certified autograph cards featuring Lillard in his Portland Trail Blazers uniform.

“We had an opportunity to secure a limited number of Damian Lillard autographs and are pleased that we were able to add the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year to the last four releases of our 2013 NBA product calendar and feature his autographs on his NBA Portland Trailblazers trading cards,” said Jim Stefano, Panini America’s Senior Director of Product Development.

Lillard is featured on sticker autographs in 2012-13 Innovation Basketball, 2012-13 Intrigue Basketball (releasing September 18) and 2012-13 Immaculate Basketball (releasing October 16). In addition, Lillard has already signed on-card autographs for insertion into the high-end 2012-13 Flawless Basketball (releasing October 2).

Below you’ll find a quick gallery of Lillard’s history-making first Panini America autograph cards. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. PinoyKingJames permalink
    September 4, 2013 12:28 pm

    So many many mojos!
    I knew Panini would get Lillard eventually!
    I had faith, i believed, I dreamed it and you achieved it!
    Thanks Tracy!

  2. austingatorucf permalink
    September 4, 2013 12:33 pm

    No way! That’s awesome. Hopefully he’ll be okay with signing Panini in-person now, too

  3. September 4, 2013 12:35 pm

    Great JOB PANINI!!! Now he can sign my unautographed Panini cards and not be able to say that he can’t sign Panini products!

  4. ericjoshua permalink
    September 4, 2013 12:54 pm

    Finally will be able to get an auto of him!
    Great move!

    Happy for all collectors out there!
    Stay cool!

  5. September 4, 2013 1:09 pm

    Great Success!

  6. Colby B permalink
    September 4, 2013 1:57 pm

    Great job! Really exciting news!

  7. September 4, 2013 2:13 pm

    Congrats again Panini
    Great Job on getting the Rookie of the year
    … maybe I could wish for more…

    ..Tracy How about LeBron ??? That would be AWESOME !!!

  8. xarxy permalink
    September 4, 2013 4:39 pm

    flawless/immaculate will be awesome if you start using GOLD FOILS :)) or blue foils in 2010 NT

  9. September 4, 2013 5:11 pm

    such a big fan of his!Q~!~

  10. Javie permalink
    September 4, 2013 5:49 pm

    Panini has that “Player on almost-completely-white background” design down pat. Looks awesome?

  11. Ryan S permalink
    September 4, 2013 8:43 pm

    Finally some licensed Pro cards.

  12. xarxy permalink
    September 4, 2013 9:43 pm

    please make the LOGOMAN on card auto

  13. September 5, 2013 12:42 am

    i must say that this is the biggest news this season. keep up the good work panini team. next project? lebron james 😀

    and ultimate project? how about some guy nicknamed “HIS AIRNESS”? 😉

  14. September 5, 2013 12:43 am

    Reblogged this on NimitzBlog and commented:
    WOW, the 12/13 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Damian Lillard is in the house with Panini being able to include him in the next 4 products of 12/13. Thanks for the Great news Panini. Keep up the good work 😀

  15. Scott permalink
    September 5, 2013 10:30 am

    Wait… there’s three more 2012-13 products coming out? Is that 20 sets for this year? Too much.

  16. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    September 6, 2013 4:49 am

    Great news!!!

  17. September 6, 2013 5:52 am

    Glad to see he finally got on board with the winning team, thanks Tracy!

  18. November 28, 2013 5:26 am

    Good news ! nice post keep it up..


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