As a surprise to those in attendance, Panini officials confirmed that FIVE lucky collectors walked away with a signed (on-card) patch card of first-round draft pick, Michael Crabtree. The cards were slabbed and randomly given-away, serial-numbered on the back to his jersey number in college. Crabtree went to the San Francisco 49ers with the 10th pick in the NFL Draft.
The 24th Annual Hawaii Trade Conference - Florida Edition, is being held stateside for the third year in a row April 20th through the 22nd. Officials from Panini America (mostly familiar faces being former Donruss employees), will be on-hand participating in both the Retailer Roundtable and Meet the Manufacturer events. Panini America will also be introducing new CEO, Michael Eisenstein, to the industry.
Panini America will continue the trend of producing the events most popular promotion, the "Black Box," with this year's version containing FOUR autographs! Each box has six cards: three one-of-one press plates (two of which are autographed), two additional autographs and one non-autographed card. One of the cards will be slabbed.
The Trade Conference also leads into the NFL Draft (being held that weekend) and with Panini America being the "Official Trading Card of the 2009 NFL Draft," cards from some of the top picks will be produced and distributed at the event, too.
The conference is the key event of the year for the sports collectibles industry. F+W Media, Inc. has owned and operated the Hawaii Trade Conference since 1999. For more information about the 24th Annual Hawaii Trade Conference, visit www.hawaiitradeconference.com.