Panini Teams-Up With The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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Panini announced today that they have reached a multi-year deal with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  This means Panini can make cards of the inductees, make use of Hall of Fame logos, artifacts, and induction ceremony pictures within their line of baseball card products.  Collectors will see Panini’s first use of this new agreement in 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball due out in March.

Panini is trying to create good baseball products without an MLB license.  They aren’t sitting back and dealing with the fact they have no license.  Making an agreement with the MLBPA and the National Baseball Hall of Fame definitely helps, and is much better than nothing.  I still think they could take a lesson from Leaf.  Then again, everyone could learn a lesson from Leaf.

I think it would interesting to see Panini make cards featuring various artifacts found in the Hall of Fame.  On the back could be a quick history of the artifact.  I don’t see this turning into an entire product, not unless they sell it as a set in the Hall of Fame gift shop.  I could easily see it as an insert set though.  There are lots of collectors that have never been to the Hall of Fame to see all those great relics.  Making cards like this could really bring the Hall of Fame to them. That’s just my idea.  Feel free to use it.

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