UPDATED: Panini inks top NBA draft picks to exclusive deals


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Update: Panini updated its site with information saying it had non-exclusive agreements with several players.

The top picks of the NBA draft will be getting autograph cards in Panini America products for the 2013-14 season.

Panini announced exclusive deals with 16 NBA prospects just moments before the start of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The deal included all of the top 10 draft picks starting with top overall pick Anthony Bennett chosen by Cleveland.

“We’re coming off of a truly historic NBA season that culminated with one of the greatest NBA Finals we’ve ever seen,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop on the company’s blog. “Adding so many talented new faces to the Panini America NBA family for 2013-14 ensures that our momentum will continue and we’re excited about delivering the first Rookie Cards and autographs from this next class of NBA stars.”

The deal allows Panini, the exclusive trading card partner of the NBA, to create the first Rookie Cards and autographs of these players. Their first cards will appear in 2013-14 NBA Hoops Basketball in late October.

The exclusive players to Panini include:
– Anthony Bennett
– Victory Oladipo
– Otto Porter
– Cody Zeller
– Alex Len
– Nerlens Noel
– Ben McLemore
– Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
– Trey Burke
– C.J. McCollum
– Michael Carter-Williams
– Shabazz Muhammad

Panini has non-exclusive agreements with:

– Dennis Schroeder
– Jamaal Franklin
– Shane Larkin
– Tim Hardaway Jr.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Basketball. 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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  1. Cubbie Nation 28 June, 2013 at 07:44

    tim hardaway jr was the steal of the draft. he will be in the knicks starting roster at some point of next season. mclemore was also a great pick for the kings. as for the cavs, what else would you expect? dan gilbert is a joke

  2. Joseph 28 June, 2013 at 12:46

    Didn’t the number of players PANINI signed to exclusive contracts change from Thursday, as it was initially 16?

    As I am confused as to why the list changed from yesterday to today?

    Who do they have deals with … as they say in business you either have a deal or you don’t?

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 28 June, 2013 at 12:58

      It did change. I just updated the story as I was informed about the changes.

  3. Joseph 28 June, 2013 at 13:04

    Susan … thank you. Why did they announce one thing and then 24 hours announce another? Or is it like our beloved card company redemptions where sometimes they announce a signing and inclusion in a product before the ink is signed ..

    • Susan Lulgjuraj 28 June, 2013 at 13:25

      I couldn’t tell you why the info was initially wrong. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. But they corrected it.

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