In 2015, Panini America landed exclusive card deals with almost every major college and university in the United States. The one notable exception was the University of Notre Dame. But that was then.
Kicking off in April, Fighting Irish cards will be part of Panini products.
The school and manufacturer have signed a multi-year deal. It gives Panini America exclusive rights to make cards featuring the school’s alumni from baseball, basketball, football and other sports.
“The ability to finally be able to welcome Notre Dame into the Panini America fold is something we’re extremely proud of. There is such a rich history with Notre Dame and we look forward to producing unique trading cards for the Fighting Irish faithful, some of the most passionate fans in the world,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO.
The first Panini Notre Dame cards under the deal are slated for 2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football and 2019 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football. Both are scheduled to release in April.
Prior to Panini, Upper Deck held the Notre Dame license for several years. Their most recent product was an e-Pack-exclusive release celebrating the school’s 1988 National Championship in football.