Auston Matthews autographs are now a Fanatics exclusive. Just a few days after announcing a deal with Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott, the company announced an agreement with the 19-year-old Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center and Rookie of the Year contender. Fanatics Authentic, the company’s memorabilia division, will be the sole distributor of authentic Matthews memorabilia. Fanatics will get some of Matthews’ game-used memorabilia as part of the contract.
Matthews’ representatives at CAA Sports brokered the deal.
The NHL’s #1 pick in 2016, Matthews became the first player to score four goals in his rookie debut during the modern NHL era and would finish tied for second in the league with 40 goals, also the most ever for an American-born rookie. He broke Maple Leafs records for most points and goals by a rookie and was also named to the 2017 All-Star team. In addition, Matthews is a finalist for the Calder Trophy, given to the league’s top rookie.
“Auston’s rookie season was only a glimpse at what he will accomplish throughout his career, and we are so excited to partner with an athlete of his caliber who has such a strong connection to his team and the fan base around him,” said Victor Shaffer, executive vice president of Fanatics Authentic. “
Matthews, an Arizona native, joins Elliott, Alexander Ovechkin, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and David Ortiz among Fanatics’ exclusive athletes. He already has an autographed trading card contract with Upper Deck.
Among the first items signed by Matthews for Fanatics were 16×20 photos at $119.99.
“I’ve always had an amazing relationship with the fans at all levels throughout my career, and I’m excited to team up with a company like Fanatics who I can trust to provide Leafs fans and passionate hockey supporters around the globe with the widest assortment of authentic memorabilia and special game-used items,” said Matthews.
Matthews’ autographed memorabilia is now available at Fanatics.com.