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Panini America has announced it has signed U.S. men’s national team and Chelsea FC star Christian Pulisic to a new exclusive long-term agreement for autographs and media that will run through the 2026 World Cup.
Pulisic and Panini have been partners since 2016.
As part of the agreement, Pulisic’s autographed memorabilia will be made available exclusively through Panini Authentic, the memorabilia division of Panini America.
That division also maintains exclusive relationships with David Beckham, Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant and more. The partnership will also include marketing initiatives and several special joint projects Panini and Pulisic will collaborate on through the 2026 World Cup set to take place in North America.
“I’m excited to continue my relationship with Panini who has been with me from the very beginning, their leadership in sports collectibles has transformed the trading card category into a global collecting community – I look forward to working with them to continue to build that through the next two World Cups,” Pulisic said in a statement. “As a kid growing up, I collected Panini’s FIFA World Cup stickers and trading cards – to know that I will have my own first World Cup sticker is incredible for a kid from Hershey, Pa.”
Pulisic’s autographed trading cards have been a staple of Panini America products for years and will continue to help grow the collectible soccer market in 2021 and well beyond.
“We’re proud to have Christian as an exclusive member of the Panini family – it’s a special relationship that has really blossomed during the first five years,” Panini America CEO Mark Warsop said in a statement. “Christian has been a driving force behind our entire soccer portfolio – both domestically and internationally. This extension will see so many things taken to the next level, and we can’t wait.”