Panini’s National VIP cards focus on freshmen



By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Panini America has revealed details about its plans for collectors that have purchased VIP admission packages for the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Every bag handed out to those opting to buy the show’s VIP package is set to receive a coupon they can take to the company’s booth to exchange for a six-card set featuring some of this year’s top rookie performers from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.

What players will be included in this special collection? 


The lineup of hot young stars includes two of baseball’s hottest rookies in Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs and Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are joined by Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in their NFL uniforms and recent NBA early first round picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor in their collegiate gear.

This set is only available to VIP attendees at the National. In the coming days, Panini is likely to reveal further details on its plans for the show.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and a contributor to other Beckett Media publications. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.


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