News & Notes: Panini Sales Exec Changes; T206 Wagner Goes to a Car Show

Panini America has announced that Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak, will assume all hobby sales responsibilities effective immediately. Panini America also announced the departure of former Hobby Sales Manager Rodney Alsup, who has left the company to pursue other interests.

Panini America logoAn industry veteran, Kazmierczak joined Panini America as the Vice President of Sales in August, taking over the company’s North American sales operations. Kazmierczak has been in the sports collectibles industry since 1994 with Fleer Trading Cards, eventually serving as that company’s Vice President of Hobby Sales. Kazmierczak later joined Press Pass where he served in a number of key leadership roles including Director of Retail Sales and, from 2008 to 2011, as the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.Honus Wagner T206 PSA 5 MC


When thousands of classic car aficionados gather at the Barrett Jackson: The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction this week at the Westwood of Scottsdale in Arizona, the most valuable item on the show floor may not have wheels.  That’s because, Goldin Auctions will be displaying the recently consigned T206 Honus Wagner card that is expected the fetch upwards of $2 million in the company’s February 2013 auction.

The Wagner, graded EX 5 (MC) by PSA making it one of the three highest graded Wagner T206 cards in the world, will be on display from January 18-20 at the duPont Registry booth (#9).

“The fact that this Wagner carries a grade of EX 5 by PSA puts it in a class with just two others that have ever been graded.  We know the collectible car fans will appreciate the opportunity to see such a famous piece of American history.”