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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2011-12 Contenders Hockey (59 Images)

May 9, 2012

While most of the Panini America NHL team spent last week in Toronto redeeming wrappers and otherwise fanning the flames of the scorching 2011-12 Elite Hockey release at the 2012 Toronto Spring Expo, those who remained in Texas were up to their necks prepping the next hot hockey release: 2011-12 Contenders.

The product, which delivers three to four autographs per box, began packing out in earnest last Friday and Panini America’s Tim Trout was on hand to spearhead the quality control process for the completely overhauled, heavily on-card-autographed Contenders brand. The massive gallery that follows details just some of the sweet cards that surfaced during the QC process.

2011-12 Contenders Hockey began shipping on Monday, which means it will be live for the hockey-hungry masses one week from today. Until you’re able to bust some yourself, let us know your thoughts on the product so far as detailed in the gallery below.



23 Comments leave one →
  1. richkulach permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:09 am

    Looks awesome, as expected guys. Any word on a checklist, and if there will be any more Private Signings included? Thanks.


    • May 9, 2012 11:14 am

      Should have a checklist this afternoon.

      • Stepan/Hagelin/Kreider # 1Collector permalink
        May 11, 2012 4:01 pm

        Hi Tracy…any checklist yet ? Thanks.

  2. May 9, 2012 11:16 am

    Since tnere is a lot of relevant hockey being played in the northeast US where I live through the second round of the playoffs I have uncharacteristically paid attention to the sport over the last couple weeks. I have to say I’ve been impressed with the level of action and “watchability” to the (totally self-aware) bandwagon jumping, fairweather fan like myself. This product is certainly well-timed to capture the cross-contintental frenzy that is in progress, filled with awe-inspiring hits and hopefully solid value from every box to collectors of all sorts. I’ll be watching this release closely as I have been considering starting a single-player hockey PC, maybe beginning with a card from the annually epic release of Contenders! Thanks Tracy!

  3. Lee Patton permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:16 am

    These cards look absolutely amazing and I will have to buy a few boxes. After watching my Flyers lose last night ūüė¶ I would love to have the Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gustaffson auto cards. Great job on another top of the line product Panini! Another reason why you are my favorite card company!

  4. Stepan/ Hagelin/ Krieder/ Shumpert / Lin # 1 Collector permalink
    May 9, 2012 11:44 am

    Hi Tracy…i can see a Cam Talbot and a Derek Stepan , No Carl Hagelin…any word if he’s in Contenders ? Thanks !

    • Chris Barr permalink
      May 9, 2012 1:31 pm

      Hagelin is in the rookie autograph set in Contenders. Happy hunting.

  5. Brad R. permalink
    May 9, 2012 12:09 pm

    Why is the “70/100” serial numbering for the Cam Atkinson Calder Contenders patch auto on the bottom of the card, whereas for the other 5 examples shown of that set it is on the top?

  6. Michael Usilton permalink
    May 9, 2012 12:24 pm

    Although I’m not a hockey collector, I am a fanatic card collector and can truly appreciate the product. I usually buy numerous boxes of Contenders Football. I do have one complaint though, I didn’t see any Caps. What gives?

  7. May 9, 2012 12:42 pm

    The Cup contenders autographs are amazing. The black and silver signature stand out. With the piece of jersey its like the icing.

    They are sort of like a good slice of grilled Delmonico or tenderloin steaks. You make it to perfection and you just want to dig right in. And of course, try not to drool as well.

  8. Tim Y permalink
    May 9, 2012 1:49 pm

    Not sure if 10-11 was similar, but Contenders Hockey looks like Panini’s answer to a classic UD set, SP Authentic. With the serial numbered rookie autographs, autograph set (similar to SOTT) and the ever so sought after Rookie Patch Autos #/100! I love the Patch Auto design, I hope this is something that we’ll see in the basketball and football product. Keep up the great work guys.

  9. wayne permalink
    May 9, 2012 2:12 pm

    Hi, is Nugent Hopkins live or redemption ?

  10. nick permalink
    May 9, 2012 7:59 pm

    i love the black patch cards!!!
    nd the silver autos on them!
    any of Ovechkin in this set of contenders??
    nice to see some on card autos as well!

  11. May 10, 2012 12:44 am

    All of the autograph content in this product looks amazing. A great step in the right direction for this product which should make it hard to beat for years to come in terms of some of the best rookie autographs of the season. Football has Contenders, and I think Contenders will be the hockey product to go to from now on.

  12. May 10, 2012 7:59 am

    love on card sigs

  13. aronowm2 permalink
    May 10, 2012 9:36 am

    this looks like SP authentic on steroids. that is a good thing.

  14. CanadianGuy permalink
    May 10, 2012 7:05 pm

    Will there be any cards of Anton Lander in this product? If yes, how many?

  15. cory permalink
    May 10, 2012 7:53 pm


  16. Kyle permalink
    May 12, 2012 2:25 pm

    Hey i was wondering what the odds are of pulling an auto or memorabilia card in the 11-12 contenders , Like it usually says on the box look for 3 to 4 auto’s and or memorabilia cards , Depending on the box , And i haven’t found out or seen how many Auto’s Or Memorabilia cards you can usually pull in the 11-12 contenders , If anyone knows then please let me know , Thanks !!

  17. Stepan/ Hagelin/ Krieder/ Shumpert / Lin # 1 Collector permalink
    May 14, 2012 2:20 pm

    Hi Tracy…still waiting on the checklist my friend…any help ?

    • Chris Barr permalink
      May 15, 2012 10:03 am

      The checklist has now been posted on the website. Check under Hockey -> 2011 -> Playoff -> Contenders. Enjoy!

      • Stepan/Hagelin/Kreider # 1Collector permalink
        May 15, 2012 4:08 pm

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH my Friend , Hagelin’s a winner ! Hopefully you can sign Kreider too…gonna be Hotttttttt !!!!


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