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A Glimpse Inside 2013 Contenders Football: New Gallery Spies Latest Key Arrivals

November 24, 2013

Panini America 2013 Contenders Football Countdown (41)

While gridiron collectors across North America patiently await the arrival of Panini America’s 2013 Totally Certified Football and 2013 Select Football in the next three weeks, company officials are steadfastly keeping at least one eye focused on pre-release preparations for the juggernaut that follows those two: 2013 Contenders Football.

In the last few days, several key on-card additions have arrived back at Panini America HQ for packout, including pivotal Rookie Cards and variations from EJ Manuel, Montee Ball, Terrance Williams, Cordarrelle Patterson, Aaron Dobson, Manti Te’o and Robert Woods. What’s more, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman autographed and returned a limited number of his 2012 Contenders Football RCs for inclusion in this year’s release.

As you’ll see in the gallery that follows, 2013 Contenders Football is packed with an impressive variety of variations and new autographed inserts that promise to keep one of collecting’s most storied brands atop collector wantlists once again.

Enjoy the previews and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional coverage of 2013 Contenders Football.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. ALFREDO permalink
    November 24, 2013 10:23 am


  2. Adam permalink
    November 24, 2013 10:38 am

    at the draft, i knew that i’d be spending a ton of jack on Bills rookies, but this is just getting ridiculous. 5 each in contenders alone! i know what i’m asking for christmas

  3. David Alvarez permalink
    November 24, 2013 11:40 am

    I am a participant in the 2013 Digital Collection. When I finish a team page how do I enter contest for prizes.

  4. Michael Phillips permalink
    November 24, 2013 11:46 am

    Really hoping to see Micah Hyde in Contenders…as a Packers and Hawkeyes fan its been frustrating that he hasn’t been in any products. As always, Contenders should be another fun release.

    • Joe S permalink
      November 25, 2013 7:51 am

      Yeah, Hyde would be a great addition, but it would be awesome to see Jarrett Boykin as well! If either of these guys end up in this set, I’ll be spending a lot to get Lacy, Franklin, and whomever else shows up!

  5. November 24, 2013 12:09 pm

    Nice array of autos going live for this release, really digging the new Pen Pals design. Thanks Tracy!

  6. November 24, 2013 12:17 pm

    Can’t wait!!! These look incredible. Love the look and love the barcode/DOB. Great job with Contenders once again.

  7. Dan G. permalink
    November 24, 2013 12:50 pm

    Excellent job on this year’s design! Thanks for the preview! Will Zac Stacy have any autos in Contenders?

  8. November 24, 2013 2:50 pm

    really sweet looking, cant wiat for the yearly list of parallels SPs

  9. November 24, 2013 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the preview-the autos look good!

  10. ugameck permalink
    November 24, 2013 5:08 pm

    Marlon Brown???

  11. Mike Pereira permalink
    November 24, 2013 11:07 pm

    VERY VERY VERY happy to see that maybe panini is cracking down on players autographing with just their initials. Nothing is as bad as getting an auto of a guy and it looks like a second grader signed it. Can you imagine Tom Brady auto being TB#12. A nice big space for the player to actually sign on the card is the way to go for high end stuff. Pre-ordering cases after seeing this design.

  12. Brad permalink
    November 25, 2013 5:45 am

    2 part question, Is Matt McGloin going to have an auto in this and is the Richard Sherman going to be considered an insert or a 2012 rookie card?

    • November 25, 2013 7:48 am

      He will most likely be an insert as his unsigned cards did appear in 2013 Contenders. Don’t think McGloin is in here but will confirm.

      • ekalb permalink
        November 26, 2013 8:44 pm

        PLEASE, PLEASE get McGloin included! If not in Contenders then at least one upcoming release.

  13. Nick Gauder permalink
    November 25, 2013 9:43 am

    Contenders looks Amazing as Always!!! Everybody at Panini keep up the great work!!

  14. November 25, 2013 6:46 pm

    Good Evenin Sir Tracy!
    Another year and another chase for Playoff Contenders! I get this EVERY YEAR! And I can’t wait to land one of these boxes! LOVE the Rookie Ink cards this year! AND the Pen Pals look to be a great set to put together! Going to give it my best shot! Thanks for the preview brother!

  15. Jonathan permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:07 pm

    George Selvie auto would be awesome!!! Those Sherman’s are cool, even though I can’t stand that guy!!! Some nice T-dubb at the top, love the Pen-Pals looks like a NT card. Can’t wait to rip this stuff up

  16. Jonathan permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:08 pm

    Just a thought, we really need a RG3 and Terrance Williams card. Pen Pals would have been perfect. The Baylor boys, just pitching a idea. It would sell for good coin as well

  17. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    November 27, 2013 4:45 am

    Who doesn’t love Contenders? Hottest rookie card product out on the market. You would be a fool not to!

  18. Scott permalink
    December 26, 2013 1:32 pm

    Any update on the release date of contenders? I’m still not done with the 2012 rookie ticket set 🙂

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