When 11-year-old trading card collector Tommy Dickerson bought a pack of officially licensed Panini America NFL trading cards at Northwest Sports Cards in University Place, Wash., the Tacoma native was hoping to get a card of one of his favorite players, perhaps a memorabilia card or, possibly, even an autographed card. Little did he know that one pack would lead to him spending July 24 with Seattle Seahawks All-Pro linebacker K.J. Wright.
Dickerson was among more than 150,000 NFL card collectors who participated in the 2016 Panini NFL Player of the Day contest at more than 600 hobby shops last fall. He is among the thousands who earned prizes, but as the Grand Prize winner, he is the only one spending the day with an NFL player. His journey began just like thousands of other collectors when he uncovered the Panini NFL Player of the Day in a pack of Panini America NFL cards. He was then randomly selected as the store’s grand prize winner and was entered in the national sweepstakes with 600 other shop winners.
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