Tomorrow night in Laguna Hills, Calif., NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will make his presence felt in the hobby in a huge way when he helps Panini America deliver the 2017 NBA Player of the Day grand prize to 15-year-old collector Bryce McMahon and MVP Sports Cards. You may recall that McMahon, the grand-prize winner in this year's promotion, was on the receiving end of a shocking announcement in August.
Tomorrow night in Laguna Hills, Calif., NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will make his presence felt in the hobby in a huge way when he helps Panini America deliver the 2017 NBA Player of the Day grand prize to 15-year-old collector Bryce McMahon and MVP Sports Cards. You may recall that McMahon, the grand-prize winner in this year’s promotion, was on the receiving end of a shocking announcement in August.
Now, McMahon, his family and friends, and MVP Sports Cards’ most loyal customers will be treated to an evening with Shaq that no one in attendance will ever forget. The event will include a private party at the family’s home for 25 friends and family members, a shopping spree for Panini America NBA trading cards and then a limousine ride with Shaq to MVP Sports Cards for an autograph session for the shop’s best customers.
“When I was announced as the NBA Player of the Day Grand Prize winner, I was in absolute shock,” said Bryce. “I remember participating in the NBA Player of the Day contest pretty well. In fact, I won a Larry Nance Jr. auto and that was pretty cool. It had been so long since me or my dad had heard anything about the sweepstakes, so we were definitely blown away when we heard the news.”
“We are so happy that Bryce, Andy and the rest of our great loyal customers will get this amazing experience,” said Gregg Neumann, owner of MVP Sports Cards. “Andy has been a customer since the 1990s — even before Bryce was born. Our collectors love the Player of the Day promotion so it’s exciting to share this special day with all of them. We never could have imagined someone like Shaq visiting our shops. He’s a great player and a fan favorite. We’ve known for a few weeks and we’re still giddy about it.”
Close to 100,000 card collectors at 350 hobby shops across the country participated in the second annual Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion this spring. Last year, Brian Bolanda of Apple Valley, Minn., parlayed his lucky pack of Panini America NBA trading cards into spending the daywith Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns.
“Many people collect Panini America NBA trading cards because it brings them closer to the players. That will surely become a reality for the McMahon family when Shaquille O’Neal is sitting in their living room,” said Jason Howarth, Vice President of Marketing for Panini America. “We want to thank MVP Sports Cards and the 400 other shops that enthusiastically supported the Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion this year.”
Stay tuned to the Panini America social media feeds and The Knight’s Lance tomorrow night for live coverage from the big event.