Panini America has come to a trading card agreement with future Indianapolis Colts top draft pick Andrew Luck.
“Andrew Luck is poised to become one of the next great NFL quarterbacks, and football fans and collectors are eagerly anticipating his first NFL and NFL PLAYERS licensed trading cards,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.
Luck was awarded the Walter Camp Award as National Player of the Year, Maxwell Award and First Team All-American honors last season at Stanford.
His cards and autographs have already appeared in non-licensed pre-draft sets from other card companies that hit the market last month. first officially licensed trading cards will appear in Panini America’s 2012 Prestige Football product that is slated to release in early June. He’ll also be featured exclusively on the company’s HRX Video Trading Card technology, product packaging and in social media initiatives throughout the length of the agreement.
“I’m truly impressed with the creativity and innovation that Panini America delivers to the sports collectibles industry,” said Luck in a prepared statement. “To be part of such an exciting rookie class that will be featured in Panini trading card products in 2012 is something I’m looking forward to.”
Luck is expected to be the first player off the board when the NFL draft commences April 26.