Penn State signs trading card deal with Fanatics, Topps

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Fast forward to the year 2046, when you’re finally getting ready to clean out your attic. Imagine your happiness when buried under piles of old books and discarded exercise equipment, you find your prized possession: a numbered, autographed, parallel Drew Allar card.

This stupidly hypothetical scenario is now possible thanks to new from Fanatics Collectibles and Topps that Penn State is among the universities that have signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with the company.

Fanatics has been making waves in the card world by signing exclusive deals with players’ associations and leagues in recent months – most newsworthy was their deal with Major League Baseball, then its subsequent acquisition of Topps (and of its Bowman brand).

So what does this really mean?

This means Penn State licensed football cards, both digital and physical, will be available soon.

Previously, Penn State and other college football players could appear on maps once they headed to the NFL Draft. Search the internet and you’ll find plenty of recent stars like Micah Parsons wearing their Penn State uniforms on trading cards.

But now you can have current players and Fanatics has announced plans to sell and signed NIL deals with current stars of soccer, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

You can already find Bowman U football cards on the shelves of your local retail stores – but you’ll notice these cards are devoid of any varsity logos. With Penn State’s famous united jerseys, your 2022 Sean Clifford card won’t look so different from what a Penn State licensed player card would look like a year later.

After the COVID shutdown, the trading card hobby exploded again. With many serious collectors pointing out that there are too many cards to collect and the market is flooded with “junk wax”, adding a few Penn State player cards to a collection – and ultimately to the attic – seems like a fun thing. .

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