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blowoutcards 08-11-2010 10:33 AM

Panini Signs Peyton Manning
 
Panini Signs Peyton Manning

By: Darren Rovell


Trading card company Panini has signed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to an exclusive deal, which gives the company the rights to use the four-time league MVP's game-used memorabilia and autographs on its cards and his image on its packaging.


Manning will first be featured on boxes of NFL Adrenalyn, the interactive trading card game that will hit stores nationwide next week.

Panini competes with Topps in the NFL card category and Panini America CEO Mark Warsop said that signing Manning can drive sales.

"Having a guy like Peyton on our NFL products and putting him side by side on a shelf next to Kobe Bryant for our basketball products raises the visibility of Panini and excites kids and collectors," Warsop said.

Panini has the exclusive license to make NBA cards and last year signed Bryant to an exclusive memorabilia trading card deal.

[url=http://www.cnbc.com/id/38656932]News Headlines[/url]

blowoutcards 08-11-2010 02:51 PM

Panini America officials on Wednesday morning made it official: Peyton Manning is the new face of the company’s NFL trading card line.

As the official spokesman and trading card ambassador for the company, Manning, the 10-time Pro Bowler and four-time league MVP, will be featured on Panini’s 2010 NFL packaging, advertising and point-of-sale initiatives including the official NFL sticker/sticker album and NFL Adrenalyn, an interactive trading card game set to debut in August.

As they do already, the company’s products will continue to include Manning’s autographs and game-worn materials. Panini will also work with Manning’s charity, The Peyback Foundation.

“I’m excited to be a part of a global brand like Panini and look forward to bringing the excitement of collecting Panini Football cards and stickers to kids with NFL Adrenalyn and the Panini NFL Sticker Album,” Manning said.

Added Panini America CEO Mark Warsop: “Peyton will be the face of our Panini Football products. He’s one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks of all time and we are glad he is leading our huddle. Peyton’s knack for throwing touchdowns is matched by Panini’s commitment to be associated with the world’s top athletes and getting kids excited about collecting NFL trading cards.”

Manning joins five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant as a Panini spokesman and trading card ambassador.

[url=http://blogbeckett.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/23604/]Panini America Tabs Peyton Manning as the Face of its NFL Line The Beckett Blog[/url]


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