Panini Lands MLBPA License to Produce Baseball Cards

Panini Lands MLBPA License to Produce Baseball Cards

Panini has announced that they've landed a license with the MLBPA to produce baseball cards featuring major league players. Their first set under the deal comes in December with 2011 Elite Extra Edition Baseball with 2011 Contenders Baseball following.

This deal provides some legitimate competition in the baseball card market as Topps has been the only company producing licensed cards for the past couple of seasons. Topps still holds the exclusive trading card rights to the MLB license, which means that Panini will not be able to use team uniforms or logos. But in gaining the MLBPA license, the Texas-based company will be able to produce cards of major league players.

Josh Hamilton will be used heavily in the marketing of the cards. The reigning American League MVP will be featured on packaging and in autograph card programs.

Expect further news later today following a press conference featuring representatives from Panini, the MLBPA and Hamilton.

Top eBay Listings

2007 Donruss Elite CHRIS DAVIS RC Auto # 25 BGS Graded 9.5 GEM MINT Autograph

Matt Smoral 2012 Elite Extra Edition #16 Status Blue Autograph 44 50

2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Aspirations Alex Mejia Autograph #ed 52 100

2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition #294 Reid Brignac RC AUTOGRAPH Tampa Bay Rays

2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition #261 Ryan Meaux RC AUTOGRAPH Chicago White Sox

2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition #325 Rob Johnson RC AUTOGRAPH Seattle Mariners

2004 Donruss Elite Extra TURN OF THE CENTURY AUTOGRAPH Bill Bray Montreal Expos

2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition #297 Scott Elbert Autograph # 1617 RC

« Previous12345...1213

 |  E-Mail | URL
Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

Leave a Comment: