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Emeka Okafor Inks Exclusive Deal with Topps

The Topps Company announced today that it has signed an exclusive endorsement deal with Emeka Okafor, the second overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.

The deal grants Topps exclusive rights within the NBA trading card category for autographed cards, game-worn memorabilia cards, special cards and subsets, and Okafor's image use on packaging and advertising.

"We are very excited about Emeka joining the Topps family, not only because of what he represents on the court but also off the court. He will be a tremendous addition to our franchise of NBA trading card products," said Scott Siverstein, Executive Vice President of Topps.

Emeka, a college basketball star at the University of Connecticut, was the second overall pick in last week's NBA Draft by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. Considered by scouts as one of the best defensive big men in years, experts expect the 6'10" shot-blocker to make an immediate impact at the NBA level. Of the fans polled on NBA.com, 56% believe Okafor will be the first player from the 2004 Draft to appear in the NBA All-Star Game.

"I am proud to be representing Topps," said Okafor. "I am really looking forward to being on my first Topps basketball card."

Source: The Topps Company, Inc.
Date: June 29, 2004

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