Close to 100,000 collectors at 350 hobby shops across the country participated in the inaugural Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion last spring. Although they won nearly 50,000 prizes, just one collector, Brian Bolanda of Apple Valley, Minn., parlayed his lucky pack of Panini NBA trading cards into the chance to spend a day with an NBA player.
Before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, the 45-year-old collector will host a private party at his home for friends and family with the NBA player attending as the guest of honor. During the party the player will talk basketball, sign autographs, pose for photos, open packs of Panini NBA cards and maybe even shoot some hoops. After the party, the group will take a limousine to visit Bolanda’s favorite hobby shop, The Ballpark in Apple Valley, Minn., to sign free autographs for up to 200 of the shop’s loyal customers.
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