IRVING, Texas, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Panini America, (www.paniniamerica.net), the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company and the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the National Basketball Association (NBA), announced today that it has reached an exclusive multiyear trading card, autograph and memorabilia agreement with Washington Wizards guard John Wall. Wall's trading cards and autographed cards will be featured exclusively in Panini America's officially licensed NBA and University of Kentucky trading card products; the star's autographed memorabilia will be available exclusively through Panini Authentic.
As part of the agreement, Wall, the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, will be featured on the company's packaging and will be involved in Panini marketing and social media initiatives throughout the length of the agreement. The pact also marks Wall's return to the Panini America family. He previously worked with Panini America on an exclusive basis during the first two years of his career.
"John Wall is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA and we've been fortunate to work with him in the past; having a player of John's stature return to our team in such a meaningful way not only adds more excitement and potential to our product offerings, it also reinforces our long-term commitment to the NBA category," said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO.
Wall joins a team of exclusive Panini NBA spokesmen that includes Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving.
During the first four years of his NBA career, Wall has averaged more than 17 points and eight assists per game, earning his first NBA All-Star Game nod last season, where he won Dunker of the Night honors in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
"Panini America is a true innovator in the trading card arena; I know that firsthand," Wall said. "I've always enjoyed working with them and I am thrilled to be back on Team Panini exclusively."
Panini America is the only company in the world that manufactures licensed trading cards and stickers for the NBA, NFL, NFL Players, MLBPA and FIFA World Cup. The company also has exclusive relationships with USA Baseball, USA Basketball and U.S. Soccer. In addition, Panini also has relationships with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and owns exclusive entertainment licenses with Disney and more than 600 global licenses with other sports and entertainment properties.
The Panini Group, established almost 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 MLBPA, NBA, NFL, NHL, FIFA, USA Baseball, Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. and other key properties from many other licensors. 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 www.paniniamerica.wordpress.com. You can also follow Panini America on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube.
Tracy Hackler, Panini America
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