As NFLPA Rookie Premiere Gets Underway, Panini America Bringing NFL Rookies to Special Hobby Event in Los Angeles

May 28, 2014

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Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, Panini America will bring a select group of NFL Rookies participating in the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere to one titanic hobby event geared toward showing appreciation for some of the country’s top sports card shops — and preparing football fans and collectors for one of the most exciting NFL seasons in recent memory.
In addition to representatives from Panini America and GTS Distribution (who worked on the planning of the event and helped invite more than 100 hobby shops), the guest list for the inaugural Panini America NFLPA Hobby Event also includes 10 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft.

Scheduled to headline the event just two days before the 2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere are No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, fellow top-five selections Blake Bortles and Sammy Watkins, and first-rounders Odell Beckham and Kelvin BejnaminMarqise LeeJimmy GaroppoloTajh BoydBishop Sankey and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will also appear to interact with the hobby shop owners in attendance, to sign autographs and to participate in a unique round table discussion.
“The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is one of the most important events on our calendar every year, and that is especially true this season given the dynamic, talented 2014 rookie class,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America Vice President of Marketing. “We’re honored to be able to work with the NFLPA to bring these top rookies to this special hobby event and to work with GTS Distribution and their customers, who will benefit all season long from Panini America NFL trading cards featuring this 2014 rookie class.”
As a precursor to the NFLPA Rookie Premiere Q&A session Thursday, Panini America officials will help GTS Distribution kick off a customer appreciation event that will include a corporate presentation and case-break events before turning the floor over to the 10 star rookies for a fun, informal question-and-answer session.
Stay tuned to the Panini America Twitter feed and The Knight’s Lance for additional details.