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Ohio State Basketball Star Signs Deal With Topps

Aug 27, 2007, 5:00 AM
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Former Ohio State star basketball player Greg Oden signed a three-year contract worth at least $3 million to become a spokesman for trading card company Topps Co.

This represents the first endorsement deal signed by Oden, according to the player's Web site. The deal grants Topps exclusives rights to use Oden's autograph and memorabilia on trading cards, as well as his image on packaging and advertising. Topps will also take part in joint branding and marketing efforts, including the creation of Oden's official Web site.

Still to be determined is what team Oden will be on when his card is issued in August. By winning the NBA lottery last week, the Portland Trail Blazers gained the right to pick Oden or former Texas standout Kevin Durant.

--Tanya Irwin

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