Panini America has signed former Oregon Ducks quarterback and 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota to a trading card and autograph agreement for the 2015 season. As part of the agreement, Mariota will appear on Panini trading card packaging. The agreement also means Mariota will get plenty of attention in Panini’s first college-licensed products, due out next month and those NFL and NFLPA licensed cards issued once he signs with an NFL team.
Mariota is on the packaging for Upper Deck’s 2015 football cards as well.
The Honolulu native is expected to be taken early in the upcoming NFL Draft. His first licensed trading cards will arrive in the April release of Panini America’s 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football product.
“Marcus is one of the most exciting players in the 2015 NFL Draft Class and his accomplishments at the University of Oregon make him one of the most successful quarterbacks in college football history,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “This agreement is huge for us not only for what his presence will mean for our NFL product line, but also for what it will mean for our first college products.”
During his final season at Oregon, Mariota became the first player in school history – and the first Hawaiian-born player – to win the Heisman Trophy. The 2015 Rose Bowl MVP finished his career at the University of Oregon with more wins (36) than any other quarterback in history and also earned the Davey O’Brien Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award and AP Player of the Year honors.