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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 on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Panini, Pro Football HOF extend agreement

Posted Jul 25, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Jul 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM

Panini America and the Pro Football Hall of Fame will remain partners.

The Texas-based sports card company announced Wednesday that it has reached a long-term licensing agreement with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, extending the relationship that was signed in 2010.

That keeps Panini’s Hall of Fame trifecta intact. In addition to pro football, Panini also has agreements with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Basketball Hall of Fame.

As part of the agreement reached Wednesday, Panini will keep its exclusive rights to use Pro Football Hall of Fame marks and logos on its trading cards and stickers.  And, Panini will continue to produce cards with autographs of Hall of Fame members.

Panini also will be the presenting sponsor of all weekend autograph sessions during Hall of Fame weekend in Canton, Ohio. Those autographs will be authenticated by Panini Authentic.

Panini CEO Mark Warsop said in a news release that continuing the company’s relationship with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “greatly enhances the appeal of what we do.”

Predictably, the Pro Football Hall of Fame was equally effusive in its praise.

Steve Strawbridge, the hall’s vice president of merchandising and licensing, said that Panini has “brought new levels of innovation and creativity to the relationship and that will only intensify as we move forward.”

So, look for Panini and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to break the huddle together for the next few years

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