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Panini contest offers trips to Halls of Fame

By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

If you’ve always wanted to visit a Hall of Fame but couldn’t, Panini America might be able to help you out.

If you get a little lucky, of course.

The only licensed manufacturer of sports cards for the NBA, NFL and MLBPA announced on Friday that its newest product, 2012-13 Prestige basketball, which arrives in hobby shops today will include the first chance for fans to potentially win a trip to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. — and more.

Each pack of Prestige will include a Hall of Fame Holiday code card and appropriate cards also will be found in 2012 Cooperstown (delayed) and 2012 Gridiron coming soon.

And if you don’t win, you’re entered into a contest for a trip to all three Halls.

“One of our main objectives with every product we make is to bring fans and collectors as close as possible to the greatest athletes who’ve ever played the game,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America Vice President of Marketing, in a prepared statement. “Now, we’re taking that mission one step farther with this special Hall of Fame promotion. One lucky fan will win a free trip to the Hall of Fame – and the lasting memories that come with such an opportunity – just for opening packs of Panini America trading cards.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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