Panini America, the world’s largest licensed sports and entertainment collectibles company and the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA, NBA Players and college basketball, announced today that it has signed NBA G League star Jalen Green to an exclusive agreement for trading cards and autograph trading cards. Green is projected to be a top-five pick in July’s 2021 NBA Draft after spending the 2020 season with the G League Ignite. While there, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Green, the No. 1-ranked shooting guard in the country coming out of high school, enjoyed a highly decorated amateur career and spent the 2020 season in the G League honing his game and elevating his draft stock. He will be one of the most collected rookies of the 2021-22 NBA season and will be featured throughout Panini America’s complete line of collegiate and NBA trading card products. His first Panini America Rookie Card will be available in real-time just minutes after his name is called early in the 2021 NBA Draft.
“Jalen is the kind of exciting, offensively gifted young player that fans and collectors alike clamor for and we’re excited to partner with him for such a meaningful relationship,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “He will absolutely be a key figure in our products not just during his rookie season, but for years to come. He’s a bright part of our future and the future of licensed trading cards.”
“This is such an exciting time in my life and I’m thankful that Panini America is on this journey with me,” Green said. “As a kid collecting trading cards, knowing that I’ll have my own soon is exciting. I’m happy to be aligned with the best in the industry.”