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Panini Signs QB Marcus Mariota To Autograph Trading-Card Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 15

Panini has signed NFL Draft prospect and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota  to an autograph trading-card deal. Under the agreement, Mariota will appear on Panini packaging including its first collegiate licensed trading cards, "Contenders ...

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03/23/15
Giants Looking At Bigger Role For Barry Bonds

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