By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
There aren’t any panini on the menu, but there’s Panini at Taco Bell.
Yep, there are panini at Taco Bell … Panini America trading cards as part of a new promotion that places new 2012-13 NBA Hoops cards into kid’s meals at the fast food giant.
Each $2.99 kids meal (at participating stores) includes a five-card pack of Hoops cards from an exclusive 150-card set along with what you see above — unless, of course, you opt for the burrito, soft taco or the cheese roll-up.
The new set of cards, which have rounded corners and a small Taco Bell branding trademark on the back, features several players on their new teams — Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, for example — and five players represented for every NBA franchise, according to the company.
The 14 rookies in the set also carry a Rated Rookie logo, a new touch from the original Hoops release this season.
The promotion runs through May.
It’s the first food issue for a major card-maker and fast food chain in the United States in several years. Most recently, McDonald’s worked with Upper Deck for hockey sets in Canada.
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