By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Panini America has added another star to its lineup.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has signed an exclusive multi-year autograph and memorabilia deal to its Panini Authentic division. Luck is the first NFL player to reach an exclusive deal with Panini Authentic, joining NBA stars Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
Signed helmets, jerseys and photographs of Luck will only be available exclusively through the Panini Authentic website.
“We’ve been waiting for just the right player to spearhead Panini Authentic’s expansion into other sports. Andrew Luck is that player,” Panini America CEO Mark Warsop said in a statement.
The agreement does not involve trading cards – so Luck’s memorabilia and signed cards will continue to appear in products from different companies.
Luck has thrown for more than 1,400 yards in his first five NFL games. He currently ranks fifth in the league in passing yards per game with 297.6 – trailing only Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford.
His abilities have brought hope to a Colts franchise that finished 2-14 last season. Luck is also a key member of one of the most highly-touted rookie quarterback classes in decades, alongside Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Dolphins signal-caller Ryan Tannehill.
The Stanford University grad discussed the Panini Authentic partnership in a statement.
“From producing my first rookie trading cards this season, to this new partnership with Panini Authentic, Panini America has been a great supporter during my rookie season,” Luck said. “It is an honor to be the first NFL player to join Panini Authentic and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity moving forward.”