Kings' Thomas Robinson Signs Exclusive Deal With Panini America

Remember when you were a kid and the first thing you did was rush to the trading card aisle of the store, with the big prize usually being a fresh piece of gum in the pack? Maybe you’d get extra lucky and find a numbered card or a refactor worth a few dollars which you’d trade to a friend for a few rookies.

Long gone are those days.

Now it’s all about game used and autographed trading cards with the rest more or less essentially acting as pack filler.

We’ve seem the astronomical prices that some cards can go for, be it a 2010 Stephen Strasburg Bowman that sold for $17,500 bucks or a 2001 Topps Reserve of Albert Pujols that sold for just shy of $9,000 bucks. It’s been said to be a dying market, but, it’s hard to imagine that with those prices.

And that brings me to the topic of Thomas Robinson, who recently joined Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Austin Rivers, John Henson and Jared Sullinger as members of the Panini team. The signing allows Panini America exclusive rights to produce autographed trading cards featuring Thomas and currently 54 of the 60 2012 NBA Draft picks.

If you’re looking to get your hands on an exclusive Thomas Robinson autograph, you’ll be able to do so in the 2012-13 NBA HOOPS set which will be released August 15th.

Tags: Albert Pujols Andre Drummond Anthony Davis Austin Rivers Harrison Barnes Jared Sullinger John Henson Michael Kidd-Gilchrist NBA Draft Sacramento Kings Stephen Strasburg Thomas Robinson

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