Commemorative cards hit retail stores and sites this week.
By Gil Kaufman
Pretty soon, Justin Bieber is going to need his own aisle at the store. Between his first three CDs, a fragrance, a new line of nail polish, T-shirts, mugs, aluminum water bottles, lunch boxes, Silly Bandz, headphones, dolls, Christmas tree ornaments, a Halloween wig and boxer shorts, there is no shortage of Bieber swag out there.
Just in time for the holidays, he's added another item to the list: trading cards. According to a press release issued on Monday, entertainment collectible company Panini America — the maker of cards commemorating the NFL, NBA, NHL and Hollywood movie and TV stars — a line of official Justin Bieber trading cards will hit shelves around the country this week.
The collection is made up of 150 unique cards and 30 stickers, including 500 randomly inserted ones with authentic JB autograph cards. And because Panini knows how contagious Bieber fever is, they've created four nine-card puzzles that can be arranged to create mini JB posters. For you card geeks out there, there are also special card sets that include 12 Spellbound cards, 18 Download cards and 10 XXOO cards (whatever that means).
"It's awesome; it makes me feel great," Bieber said in a statement about getting his own card line. "I always dreamed of being a hockey player and having my own trading card. I remember collecting hockey cards, so the idea that kids are going to enjoy my cards like I enjoyed my hockey cards is amazing!"
The $1.99 sets include five cards and one sticker and are available now at outlets as diverse as Bed Bath & Beyond, f.y.e., Target, Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart as well as Bieber's online store.Related Photos