ITG President Dr. Brian Price's "Welcome Letter" to Panini

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In The Game President Dr. Brian Price had an interesting post on his PrezSez blog Sunday regarding alleged language in Panini America‘s NHL player agreement letters that he finds rather objectionable.

Price cited specifically the following paragraph, which he says a player agent brought to his attention:

“Player shall be restricted from providing autographs on Cards for other comapanies unless such Cards are licensed by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (the “NHLPA”) at the time such autograph is provided.”

Price’s response?

“These agreements are being sent out to players who might be playing in the AHL and the CHL next year [and are] clearly trying to effect our contractual relationships with the AHL/PHPA and CHL. Since the NHLPA no longer permits exclusives, this clause is an attack against ITG.

“Is it legal? We certainly will find out very soon.

“Panini should worry about competing with Upper Deck but it seems they are more concerned with us, should I be flattered?”

For the full post, visit Dr. Price’s blog.


  1. CCC
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Funny how the dentist’s blog blocks comments. Have something to hide, Price?

  2. President Obama
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    panini worried about itg? don’t flatter yourself dr. dentist. you’re just a tiny percentage of the hobby. just a blip on the radar screen with your generic and stolen designs. panini wants to be the exclusive producer of hockey cards which means more money for them. they don’t care about itg. i’m sure they laugh out loud at the pathetic garbage you put out just like the rest of the oollecting world.

  3. Howie Meeker
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Sometimes CEO’s of companies should just lurk in the high grass and refrain from making comments via the web. Of course Panini/UD and the NHLPA want to destroy ITG. Why wouldn’t they? Are they licensed? Not.

  4. david brown
    Posted August 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    how can anyone diss itg and call their products garbage. The only product that ud has to compare to their most basic jsy cards is in the cup

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