Pete Rose, Ricky Williams among first Panini VIP Party guests revealed

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A hit king and a gridiron legend will be among those on hand to meet guests at the Panini America VIP party in Chicago on Saturday during the National Sports Collectors Convention weekend.

Baseball’s career hits leader Pete Rose and former NFL and Texas Longhorns star Ricky Williams were revealed as the first two guests — with more to come — for a party for those who spend $7,500 on a list of selected products on the show floor from a selected list of dealers.

Eligible attendees will receive 500 silver VIP packs after they sign up for the event and then gold VIP packs at the event with cards made just for the program. The guests will sign photographs noting the event for attendees as well.

The products for the fourth-annual event include:

Baseball
2015 Cooperstown
2015 Donruss
2015 Elite
2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes

Basketball
2014-15 Donruss
2014-15 NBA Hoops
2014-15 Paramount
2014-15 Prestige
2014-15 Prizm
2014-15 Totally Certified

Football
2015 Clear Vision
2015 Contenders Draft Picks
2015 Prestige
2015 Prizm Collegiate Draft Picks

Non-sports
2015 Americana
2015 Country Music

Cases and boxes must be purchased from Atlanta Sports Cards, Blowout Cards, Dave & Adam’s Card World, Marty’s Sports Card Exchange or Steel City Collectibles as part of the program.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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