Panini America Signs Exclusive Agreement with NBA Top Prospect Danté Exum
Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has signed an exclusive autograph trading card agreement with Australian basketball sensation Danté Exum, projected to be a top-five pick in June’s 2014 NBA Draft. The agreement includes the release of Exum’s NBA trading cards and autographed cards exclusively through Panini America and a limited number of autographed memorabilia pieces through Panini Authentic, the autograph and memorabilia division of Panini America.
Exum’s first NBA trading cards and autographed cards will arrive in October with the release of 2014-15 NBA Hoops Basketball. His autographed memorabilia will be available on the Panini Authentic website.
“Danté is one of the most talented and intriguing players in a rich 2014 NBA Draft Class and he will be a rookie cornerstone for us during the 2014-15 season,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “His NBA trading cards and autographed memorabilia will be in high demand from the beginning and will attract an international fan base. We’re happy to welcome Danté to the Panini family and look forward to a great relationship with him.”
An 18-year-old point guard, Exum has excelled against international competition. He averaged more than 18 ppg for Australia in the 2013 FIBA U19 tournament en route to earning All-Tournament Team honors. In January, Exum led his team to the tournament title in the Australian National High School Basketball Championships.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for me as I prepare to begin my NBA career and realize a lifelong dream,” Exum said. “The fact that Panini America has embraced me as a member of their family is an honor. I look forward to helping them create some great cards and memorabilia – and to doing everything I can on the court and off to keep their values high.”
Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL PLAYERS, NHL, NHLPA, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also has exclusive relationships with USA Baseball, USA Basketball and the U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team. In addition Panini also has relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney, One Direction and Michael Jackson, and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.