Panini America has signed former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, a projected first-round pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, to an autograph and trading card agreement.
Lynch’s first officially licensed trading cards and autographs will arrive in March inside Panini America’s 2016 Contenders Draft Picks Football collegiate product; his first NFL trading cards will be featured one month later in the company’s 2016 Score Football brand to kick off Panini’s new exclusive trading card agreement with the NFL and NFLPA. Panini used Lynch to showcase its design for Score.
As part of the agreement, Lynch will also appear on Panini collegiate and NFL trading card packaging throughout the 2016 season.
“Paxton is one of the most exciting players in this year’s draft and, as a result, his presence in our complete roster of 2016 physical and digital NFL/NFLPA trading card products is critical,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO. “We’re excited to be working with him – not just during his rookie season but for many years to come.”
During a productive career at the University of Memphis, Lynch threw for more than 8,800 yards and 59 touchdowns; he also rushed for 687 yards and 17 touchdowns. The MVP of the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl as a sophomore, Lynch tied an FBS record last season by throwing for seven touchdowns in one half against SMU.
“Some of this is unreal. I dreamed of having my own trading card as a kid – and now I have one with Panini, which is a blessing,”