“Pin-Up” of the Week: I’m Sticking With Panini

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I hear the NHL and NHLPA have a ton of these just laying around 🙂

Panini has been around since the early 1960’s.  It all started when brothers Benito and Giuseppe Panini purchased a large collection of stickers from a company that was having trouble selling them.  The brothers decided to place the stickers inside of packs and sell them that way.  They ended up selling three million packs and having a lot of success.  The two ended up founding Panini in 1961 and manufacturing their own line of collectible stickers.

Collectors from the U.S. probably didn’t have that much involvement with Panini until 2009 when they acquired an exclusive NBA license.  Panini then went on to purchase Donruss/Playoff and inherited their NFL and NFLPA licenses.  Their American division is known as Panini America and is one of the most dominant trading card manufacturers in the country along side Topps and Upper Deck.

I’m not 100% sure how this pin was distributed, but I think it might have to do with an ITV Telethon which was held in the late 80’s and early 90’s in the United Kingdom.  Ever wonder why Panini uses a knight in their logo?

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