Panini America announced it has inked a limited autograph memorabilia deal with Los Angeles Dodgers rookie slugger Yasiel Puig for its memorabilia division, Panini Authentic.
In addition to the memorabilia agreement for Panini Authentic, Puig will also participate in a marketing appearance for Panini America at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
“Yasiel’s rocket-like ascent this season has been one of the most captivating stories baseball has produced in quite some time, and we look forward to working with him,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “We’ve already incorporated some of Yasiel’s first rookie cards into products that will be releasing soon, but we wanted the relationship to be more than that by delivering his authentic autographed memorabilia and by having him help us entertain our most important fans, collectors and partners at our VIP event at the National Sports Collectors Convention.”
Puig will sign a customized Panini Authentic photo as part of the special Panini VIP event.
Puig’s first Panini Authentic autographed memorabilia will be available next month on the Panini Authentic website. In addition, his first Panini America rookie cards will arrive in the August release of 2013 Pinnacle Baseball. He will also have rookie cards in the September release of 2013 Prizm Baseball.