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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.


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Panini introduces Kobe Anthology tribute

Posted Aug 4, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 01:29 AM

t was a coup for Panini America when it landed Kobe Bryant as its first spokesman when the Texas-based company entered the U.S. market in 2009 and obtained exclusive rights to produce NBA cards.

Bryant gave Panini a big boost in credibility, and he has continued to have a an impact in all of the company’s products.

“Kobe Bryant has been a vital part of Panini America’s DNA,” Panini CEO Mark Warsop said in a news release.

To honor Bryant’s contributions, Panini will introduce a 200-card set called Kobe Anthology. One five-card pack of Kobe Anthology cards will be included inside every hobby box of Panini’s 2012-14 NBA products; the cards will debut in the NBA Hoops, set which will be released later this month.

The 200-card set will chronicle the highlights of Bryant’s career and will include autograph and game-used cards. Panini also will conduct a special promotion in which five winners will get to meet Bryant in person.

“To be featured so prominently on (Panini’s) trading cards and packaging is an honor,” Bryant said in a Panini news release.

If you can’t get enough of Bryant, then this set should be an intriguing challenge for you.

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