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Panini Authentic inks E.J. Manuel to exclusive deal

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini Authentic added another football player to its stable.

The company signed Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel to an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal joining Andrew Luck, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin.

“We’ve had a great relationship with EJ since before the 2013 NFL Draft and we are extremely excited to welcome him to the Panini Authentic family,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop said in a release. “On the field and off, EJ is an impressive individual and someone we’re proud to have representing our brand while offering another dimension to our Panini Authentic division.”

In eight games this season, Manuel has completed 145-of-249 passes (58.2 percent) for 1,595 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Buffalo is 4-8 this year.

This deal does not affect trading cards.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

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