Auburn fans will soon be able to buy trading cards of some of their favorite current players.
Fanatics has announced that its trading card and collectibles division, Topps Trading Cards, have reached agreements with more than 100 college athletic programs for “broad-scale college physical and digital trading cards deals.” The deal will include trading cards of former college athletes, “incorporating official university trademarks,” along with current players, thanks to name, image and likeness compensation.
A Fanatics spokesperson confirmed to Auburn Undercover that Auburn “is a participating school in today’s announcement.”
Later this year, Topps will unveil the “non-exclusive program to design, manufacture and distribute trading cards showcasing current college football and basketball student-athletes …”
Additionally, Topps said in the release it has already secured individual trading cards rights, through NIL, for more than nearly 200 football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players — including former Auburn quarterback Bo Nix, now at Oregon, along with Alabama’s Bryce Young, USC’s Caleb Williams and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett. Those cards will be released this fall.
A Fanatics spokesperson did not clarify whether Auburn has any players current set up with individual deals in the fall.
CLC, a top licensing agency utilized by college programs, “arranged the trading card licensing elements on behalf of most of the participating universities,” per the release.