Panini America will sponsor a sports card and autograph event at the 2016 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in southern California next month. The 2016 inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl FanFest will be a one-day show January 23 which will include a small number of exhibitor booths and feature NFL players signing autographs, according to Ray Schulte of Schulte Sports, which is handling public relations and marketing for the event. Schulte is the PR Director for the annual National Sports Collectors Convention.
Around 15 high profile exhibitors are expected to attend at a cost of $125 per 8×10 space, a fee which includes tickets to the game and other bonuses. While not yet a sellout, Schulte says he expects booths to sell out quickly ahead of the event.
FanFest opens to the public at 1 p.m. when the main gates to the bowl game open. It closes at 7 p.m.
The autograph schedule for Saturday includes:
2 – 3 pm – Nelson Agholor & Stefon Diggs
3– 4 pm – Ameer Abdullah & Dorial Green-Beckham
4 – 5 pm – Jay Ajayi & Karlos Williams
Items for signing will be provided by Panini and no other items will be permitted.
The fifth-annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl football game will be held the same day, and returns to the greater Los Angeles area at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz both return for a second year as head coaches.
The game and workouts leading up to it offer a showcase and learning experience for players who have an eye on continuing their careers at the professional level. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM Eastern time. The game will once again be broadcast live on ESPN2. For information on the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, click here.
For exhibitor information contact Ray Schulte at [email protected] or call (410) 350-6226.