Fanatics, the owner of Topps, and Italian trading card-maker Panini are battling for the rights to publish various sports trading cards.Fanatics, the owner of Topps, and Italian trading card-maker Panini are battling for the rights to publish various sports trading cards.

Fanatics and Panini battle over trading cards business

Published on August 31, 2023 at 3:07 pm

As sports merchandising giant Fanatics Inc. expands into businesses like online gambling, the company founded in the Jacksonville area is also growing its sports collectibles business.

Fanatics is engaged in battle with a trading cards industry leader, Italy-based Panini, which heated up in August with the two companies filing competing lawsuits in U.S. federal courts.

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With those lawsuits pending, Fanatics won a major victory outside of court when the NFL Players Association said Aug. 22 that it was canceling its trading card deal with Panini in favor of a deal with Fanatics.

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