IRVING, Texas, April 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Scoring 81 points in a game, winning five NBA championships, becoming a Lakers icon – that was kid's stuff for a legend like Kobe Bryant. The true challenge for him was personally selecting his 21 favorite (one from each of his 20 seasons in the NBA and one honoring the day he was drafted) and waving goodbye to his beloved game and adoring fans. Like he did his entire career, Kobe answered the call. He teamed up with Panini America to provide the ultimate retrospective recap from the HeroVillain perspective. It's a sentimental celebration of fear, courage, doubt and determination as seen through Kobe's eyes.
This exclusive Panini America set features two distinct 21-card HeroVillain packs, one featuring Kobe's most inspiring moments, the other recapping those moments in his own words. Also included is a five-card pack, giving collectors a chance at eye-catching Red MVP, Blue O'Brien Trophy, Purple Eight, Gold Twenty Four and Rare Black Mamba parallels. Adding to the beauty of this remarkable collection is the opportunity to find Kobe's signature via a HeroVillain 21-card autograph set.
The unique box sets are available now at iCollectPanini.com (http://store.paniniamerica.net/trading-cards/basketball-trading-cards/kobe-bryant-hero-vs-villains-box-set.html), PaniniAuthentic.com (http://www.paniniauthentic.com/athletes/exclusives/kobe-bryant/kobe-bryant-hero-vs-villains-box-set.html) and at KobeBryant.com and retail for $49.99.
Panini America, the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA, has enjoyed an exclusive partnership with Bryant -- in terms of both trading cards and autographed and game-worn memorabilia through the company's Panini Authentic division – since the company entered the U.S. market in 2009. This tribute boxed set is a result of that of that exclusive partnership, with Bryant personally selecting the moments featured.
"Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and he has been a driving force behind our biggest successes in the NBA," said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO. "The drive, determination and unwavering competitive fire that fuels him on the court also fuels him in the boardroom. Those same qualities can be found in this unique trading card set."
The Panini Group, established more than 50 years ago in Modena, Italy, has subsidiaries throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Panini is the world leader in officially licensed collectibles and is the most significant publisher of collectibles in the U.S., with exclusive licenses for the NFL, NFLPA, NBA, FIFA, College and licenses with the MLBPA, NHL,NHLPA and Disney, and other key properties from many other licensors. Panini is also the exclusive trading card and sticker partner of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Panini has distribution channels in more than 100 countries and employs a staff of over 800. For more information visit us at www.paniniamerica.net, www.paninigroup.com or http://blog.paniniamerica.net/. You can also follow Panini America on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
Tracy Hackler, Panini America
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