IRVING, Texas, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Panini America, the world's largest licensed sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it has reached an exclusive agreement with former LSU running back Leonard Fournette for autographs and memorabilia. The history-making pact, facilitated through negotiations with Roc Nation Sports, makes Fournette the first running back to become an exclusive member of Panini Authentic, the memorabilia division of Panini America.
Fournette's first licensed trading card will be released today through the Panini Instant (PaniniInstant.com) on-demand platform and will be available to order throughout Super Bowl Week. A limited number of autograph versions will be available – making this Fournette's first autographed trading card. Fournette will be featured prominently throughout Panini America's 2017 NFL product line and his autographed memorabilia will be available exclusively through Panini Authentic.
As part of this new partnership, Fournette will appear on Panini NFL/NFLPA and Collegiate licensed packaging. In addition, Fournette will take part in Panini marketing activations beginning later this week participating as an athlete coach at Panini's Pop Warner Skills Clinic at Super Bowl LI in Houston.
"I'm so proud to announce my new partnership with Panini America which will give fans the chance to immediately get their hands on memorabilia and trading cards," said Fournette. "When I first signed with Roc Nation Sports they promised to deliver on some groundbreaking partnerships right off the jump. Now, as the first running back to become an exclusive member of Panini Authentic, I know I will be able to reach my fan base and Buga Nation on a more personal level before even starting my professional career."
"Leonard Fournette became a household name during a decorated, highlight-reel career at LSU, and football fans and collectors across the country are eagerly anticipating his NFL debut," said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO. "We're excited to partner with Fournette as part of such a meaningful agreement. He'll be a key driver for Panini America products for the entire 2017 season and beyond."
"We are thrilled that Panini has identified Leonard Fournette as a truly elite talent and once-in-a-generation-type athlete," said Michael R. Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. "Leonard's game-breaking abilities and magnetic charisma give him a unique appeal that transcends sports and culture, and it is a testament to Panini that they recognize those traits and will look to build off of them with this innovative and historic partnership."
During a spectacular career at LSU, Fournette rushed for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns while averaging 6 yards per carry. He's projected by many experts to be a top-10 pick and the first running back selected in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.
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 official licenses for NFL, NFLPA, NBA, MLBPA, NHL, NHLPA, College, FIFA, MLBPA, 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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