Skip to content

Short Story: Panini America Begins Leaking 2013 Contenders Football SP Quantities

January 23, 2014

2013 Contenders Football SP Main

It’s a phenomenon that takes place every year at about this time. Almost immediately following the release of a new year of Contenders Football, the annual frenzy commences as collectors across North America begin scrambling and scouring to determine the relative scarcity of the set’s ample selection of Rookie Ticket SPs and variations.

It’s a mesmerizing chain of events to be sure, and one that explains, for instance, how a base Rookie Ticket SP of Detroit Lions receiver Corey Fuller can sell for a staggering $290.85 one day while his Variation SSP sells for a whopping $350 just three days later. Indeed, it didn’t take savvy researchers long to figure out just how short Fuller’s super-short-printed variation RC is.

To help provide a a little insight into the SP/SSP craze surrounding 2013 Contenders Football, below is the first of what promises to be many 2013 Contenders Football SP lists. This one is by no means complete, but it does provide a tip-of-the-iceberg illustration of Contenders’ scarcest Rookie Tickets and RC variations. The following list is broken into SPs (cards with quantities of 200 or less) and SSPs (cards with quantities of 50 or less).

Oh, and if you’re looking for a surefire visual tell-tale to differentiate the base Rookie Tickets from the variations, you can find it on the backs of the cards (check out the image below). The base versions include stars around each player’s card-back NFL helmet. The variations do not.

Panini America 2013 Contenders Football QC (108)

Now, let’s get to the SPs and SSPs:

Rookie Ticket SPs (200 or less)    
Card # Player Team Pos.
101 Aaron Mellette Baltimore Ravens WR
104 Alec Ogletree St. Louis Rams LB
107 Barkevious Mingo Cleveland Browns LB
110 Bjoern Werner Indianapolis Colts LB
126 Damontre Moore New York Giants DE
128 Darius Slay Detroit Lions CB
131 Dee Milliner New York Jets CB
143 Jarvis Jones Pittsburgh Steelers LB
148 Jordan Poyer Philadelphia Eagles CB
149 Josh Boyce New England Patriots WR
164 Marquess Wilson Chicago Bears WR
165 Matt Elam Baltimore Ravens S
190 Xavier Rhodes Minnesota Vikings CB
Rookie Ticket SSPs (50 or less)    
Card # Player Team Pos.
105 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals LB
106 Arthur Brown Baltimore Ravens LB
115 Chance Warmack Tennessee Titans G
117 Chris Gragg Buffalo Bills TE
122 Corey Fuller Detroit Lions WR
133 Desmond Trufant Atlanta Falcons CB
166 Matt Scott Jacksonville Jaguars QB
189 Tyrann Mathieu Arizona Cardinals S
2012 Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks CB
Rookie Ticket Variation SPs (200 or less)  
Card # Player Team Pos.
102 Ace Sanders Jacksonville Jaguars WR
113 Blidi Wreh-Wilson Tennessee Titans CB
119 Chris Thompson Washington Redskins RB
125 D.J. Hayden Oakland Raiders CB
132 Dennis Johnson Cleveland Browns RB
134 Dion Sims Miami Dolphins TE
136 Dustin Hopkins Buffalo Bills K
137 Earl Wolff Philadelphia Eagles S
139 Eric Reid San Francisco 49ers S
151 Kenbrell Thompkins New England Patriots WR
152 Kenjon Barner Carolina Panthers RB
167 Matt Simms New York Jets QB
182 Russell Shepard Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR
184 Spencer Ware Seattle Seahawks RB
Rookie Ticket Varaition SSPs (50 or less)  
Card # Player Team Pos.
101 Aaron Mellette Baltimore Ravens WR
104 Alec Ogletree St. Louis Rams LB
107 Barkevious Mingo Cleveland Browns LB
110 Bjoern Werner Indianapolis Colts LB
111 Brad Sorensen San Diego Chargers QB
114 Caleb Sturgis Miami Dolphins K
118 Chris Harper San Francisco 49ers WR
122 Corey Fuller Detroit Lions WR
124 D.J. Fluker San Diego Chargers OT
126 Damontre Moore New York Giants DE
129 Datone Jones Green Bay Packers DE
131 Dee Milliner New York Jets CB
133 Desmond Trufant Atlanta Falcons CB
138 Eric Fisher Kansas City Chiefs OT
140 Ezekiel Ansah Detroit Lions DE
141 Jamar Taylor Miami Dolphins CB
142 Jamie Collins New England Patriots LB
143 Jarvis Jones Pittsburgh Steelers LB
144 Jawan Jamison Washington Redskins RB
145 Johnthan Banks Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB
147 Johnathan Cyprien Jacksonville Jaguars S
148 Jordan Poyer Philadelphia Eagles CB
149 Josh Boyce New England Patriots WR
153 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints S
156 Kevin Minter Arizona Cardinals LB
158 Latavius Murray Oakland Raiders RB
163 Margus Hunt Cincinnati Bengals DE
164 Marquess Wilson Chicago Bears WR
165 Matt Elam Baltimore Ravens S
166 Matt Scott Jacksonville Jaguars QB
169 Mike James Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
170 Mychal Rivera Oakland Raiders TE
171 Nick Kasa Oakland Raiders TE
173 Phillip Thomas Washington Redskins S
175 Rex Burkhead Cincinnati Bengals RB
176 Robert Alford Atlanta Falcons CB
177 Rodney Smith Minnesota Vikings WR
180 Sam Montgomery Houston Texans LB
185 Tavarres King Denver Broncos WR
186 Theo Riddick Detroit Lions RB
187 Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs TE
188 Tyler Bray Kansas City Chiefs QB
189 Tyrann Mathieu Arizona Cardinals S
190 Xavier Rhodes Minnesota Vikings CB
191 Zac Dysert Denver Broncos QB
195 Kayvon Webster Denver Broncos CB
66 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2014 5:14 pm

    Cool-thanks for the list. Always good to find these out!

  2. January 23, 2014 5:15 pm

    LOL! somebody tell Panini Sam Montgomery got kicked off the team. Only Texan rookie in the group?!

    • john poole permalink
      March 6, 2014 10:42 am

      what group? Texans? it’s loaded with them!!

      • john poole permalink
        March 6, 2014 10:46 am

        they have a good group, just no lead singer

  3. Scott permalink
    January 23, 2014 5:19 pm

    Fantastic, keep em coming!!

  4. Dan O permalink
    January 23, 2014 6:02 pm

    I have a Jaron Brown card #194 and I don’t see it listed as SP or SSP how come??

    • Dan O permalink
      January 24, 2014 6:36 am

      I just need to know why the Jaron Brown card doesn’t have the stars on the back but it’s not listed as an SP or SSP.

      • January 24, 2014 11:35 am

        That means you have a variation that has a quantity of more than 200 copies.

      • Dan O permalink
        January 24, 2014 1:42 pm

        Thanks Tracy

  5. January 23, 2014 9:33 pm

    When will exact numbers be released?

    • January 23, 2014 9:52 pm

      If I can get my hands on them, I will post them here.

      • January 24, 2014 12:22 pm

        Would love to see the actual numbers tracy. This is gona stall up a lot of people looking to set collect or flip n reinvest as people will be holding their cards longer hoping they are on the lowends of the sp/ssp spectrum.

        Awesome product love the look of the base autos and their parallels again this year. Hopefully we can get some actual numbers soon. I have a tyran mathieu base waiting for a new home that will hopefully get me a few new richard shermans!

      • January 27, 2014 3:10 pm

        Any word on numbers for the Variation Rookie Ticket SSPs?

      • William Wagner permalink
        March 11, 2014 1:06 pm

        Has Panini forgot to reveal the actual sp and ssp numbers?

  6. steve maia permalink
    January 23, 2014 9:43 pm

    So is the rookie ticket or the rookie ticket variation considered the true rookie card??

  7. Marc permalink
    January 24, 2014 12:03 am

    I have a Zach Sudfeld Playoff Ticket Variation but dont see it on the list

    • JDetter permalink
      January 25, 2014 5:25 pm

      Playoff Tickets are always to #/99 regardless if its the regular version or the variation. These numbers just apply to the Rookie Tickets.

  8. Slingshot Bob permalink
    January 24, 2014 10:43 am

    No offense, but I can’t believe Panini would do this to team collectors. Making 3 of the 4 Ravens in the set SP or SSP is ridiculous.

  9. January 24, 2014 12:32 pm

    But we?d bet on his success in Oakland.

  10. Scott permalink
    January 24, 2014 4:56 pm

    I love this product and have every base rookie ticket auto since 2005. I liked the idea of 1-2 SSP mixed in but 9 of them is a bit too much. This will cost us set builders $3,000 + for 9 cards of non star players. Spending $5,000+ to build this set of a bad rookie class, not sure it makes much sense…….

  11. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    January 25, 2014 6:25 am

    I seriously need some of these. I always like searching for the Sps!

  12. James permalink
    January 31, 2014 12:56 pm

    Hey Tracy are there any more updates to the SP list? Do you have a print run for the Contenders Rookie Premiere autographed insert cards? Anymore help would be appreciated, thanks.

    • January 31, 2014 1:06 pm

      I hope to have more SP information to post next week. Sorry for the delay.

      • James permalink
        January 31, 2014 2:14 pm

        Cool, will be looking for it.(really curious to see the print run of the Rookie Premiere Auto’s)

      • Ryan permalink
        February 4, 2014 4:37 pm

        Where’s the list??????????????

  13. Number 1 Norm permalink
    February 3, 2014 3:55 pm

    Tracy is there going to be any black golden tickets?

  14. ernie permalink
    February 5, 2014 6:44 pm

    Any word on the next list???

  15. Scott C permalink
    February 7, 2014 10:17 am

    Any word on when the list will be out? Got the Mathieu and Cyprien variation SSPs that I’m holding until the print is released…

  16. ernie permalink
    February 8, 2014 9:16 pm

    Another day still no list????

  17. Ernie permalink
    February 11, 2014 8:58 am

    It’s now the 11th nearly 2 weeks since you said the rest of this list would get posted . Can we please get the list .

  18. Ernie permalink
    February 11, 2014 12:43 pm

    WOW not even gonna post my message i said nothing wrong in it . I asked when the list was going to be posted since you said nearly 2 weeks ago it would get posted.

  19. Mike permalink
    February 11, 2014 11:03 pm

    How does nobody know the numbers on these,yet? Beckett knew which ones were to be tagged an SP weeks ago,also has Conner Vernon tagged an SP,but he’s not on the above list.So obviously someone has the full list somewhere.Not sure what’s so hard about it.Just can’t see how Beckett can have the full SP list weeks ago,but nobody can find a computer file or piece of paper showing how many of each were packed out.

  20. February 12, 2014 8:13 pm

    I have a Latavius Murray RC auto that’s #66/99 that has no stars, but see other #/99 online that have stars! I also purchased a photo variation that has no stars, but see others on line that have stars! Which ones are SSP ?

  21. chris permalink
    February 13, 2014 2:04 am

    mike the no stars is the variation and the sp. /99 is the playoff ticket

    • February 13, 2014 11:02 am

      so, is the photo variation the ssp or is the photo variation with no stars the ssp ? Which one is the one with a print run of 50 or less ? I realize that the #/99 is the playoff ticket, but there are 2 versions of this, one with stars & one without ! Which one of these is considered a ssp ?

      • chris permalink
        February 13, 2014 8:59 pm

        the one with no stars is the ssp..look above on the article it explains it better for you.

      • February 15, 2014 12:39 am

        Thanks! Can’t wait until there are actual numbers of print runs listed! Hope Panini doesn’t wait 2 years to do this! May not want to purchase a product that won’t reveal numbers for that long! Don’t want to start building a set only to find out that I can’t afford it! Some of us have real lives and everyday bills to pay and can’t afford to go bankrupt on a hobby we enjoy! Better to quit altogether than get sucked into something that we can no longer afford!

  22. chris permalink
    February 15, 2014 3:54 pm

    yeah im trying hard to get a couple of sets but i only have 4 of the 8 ssp base ones, few on ebay but the sellers want like 800 dollars for guys ive never heard of, really need those print runs so i know what im dealing with, looks like tyrann is gonna be tough to get!

    • Thomas Scheiterle permalink
      February 19, 2014 5:05 pm

      I Have Some Ssp’s and SP’S Will Sell Some SP’S But Some SSP’Are Hard To Tell How Many OfEach Produced. I Have Printing Plate Variation Auto’s . I Have Seen About 10 Cases Opened 120 Boxes And Have a Only Seen A Few SSP’s there Will Be 3 Or 4 Short Prints This a Year Unfortunately.

  23. john poole permalink
    February 15, 2014 10:36 pm

    am i not understanding? /99rc are rookie gold can stars and no stars,make a differance when they are verified shortprinted to the same # ? Just like the cracked ice these should both worth way more than any base print that you have to go by the #s they tell you when they feel like it.

  24. chris permalink
    February 16, 2014 1:55 am

    on the playoff tickets /99 and cracked ices /21 the stars do not matter, the stars only matter on the rookie tickets. its either a variation or a base. were waiting to see how many of each are made. your correct anycard that has more than 21 copies should be according to common sense should be worth less than a cracked ice, but the ones that are less than 21 should have a good value depending on the player of course.

  25. john poole permalink
    February 16, 2014 3:28 pm

    got ya chris thanks,i thought sp run was 200, and ssp 50. they can be much lower. very interesting now you got me on band wagon to keep checking in good luck

  26. kollectornet permalink
    February 19, 2014 7:43 pm

    What do you all do with the back printing plates? I know most people don’t care for plates but I am a true collector who collects everything. The back of cards have pic and bio.

    • kollectornet permalink
      February 19, 2014 7:44 pm

      By the back, I do mean the printing plates for the back of the regular cards plates. Just wanted to clear that up a little.

      • February 19, 2014 8:19 pm

        Hmmm . . . good question. I’m assuming they hit the recycle bin, but I’ll look into that.

      • February 19, 2014 8:20 pm

        Hmmm . . . good question. I’m pretty sure they hit the recycle bin, but I’ll look into that.

  27. chris permalink
    February 20, 2014 9:11 pm

    tracy get on them im going broke buying these so called ssp!! lol.. need that list so i can stop the bleeding!!

  28. AJT permalink
    March 4, 2014 8:30 pm

    It is now March. Why no print run numbers. This is not acceptable

  29. chris permalink
    March 4, 2014 9:42 pm

    exactly 2 more new products have come out now and people are losing intrest! this took way to long!! thumbs down!!

  30. jake permalink
    March 6, 2014 11:35 pm

    If a variation is short printed to 50 or less then does that mean the regular version is short also?! hmmm

    • Cory permalink
      March 7, 2014 9:41 am

      Jake, no not neccasarily…If you look on the above lists, its mentions SP’s and SSP’s for non variant cards…Just because the variation is SP or SSP (50 or less or 200or less) that does NOT mean the regular version is. Sorry.

  31. john poole permalink
    March 8, 2014 6:44 pm

    how about sp ssp for the cards 200 and over? where can we get those?

  32. Adam permalink
    March 9, 2014 8:44 pm

    Anyone know what the deal is with some of the playoff ticket rc auto’s that don’t have numbering on them? I have a Kenny Stills that doesn’t have the /99 on the front of the card. Just a mistake or something more?

  33. chris permalink
    March 10, 2014 9:46 pm

    come on guys its the middle of march and still no print runs? is the rumor true u lost the print runs?

  34. jake permalink
    March 18, 2014 5:16 am

    Beckett will probably beat them to the punch. LOL

    • Cory permalink
      March 24, 2014 6:27 am

      Is it ever going to happen?

  35. Alex permalink
    March 25, 2014 8:21 am

    people have paid thousands for these cards and im one of them and still no print run.WOW.Im sick.Go ahead and say give them a break.people they had the break,i dont recall any of us getting any break.Oh yeah,you get a break,a box break you paid big money for.

  36. jake permalink
    March 28, 2014 1:11 am

    im guessing that the numbers will be out any hour now.

  37. chris permalink
    April 3, 2014 12:41 pm

    there out on another site!! oh wait april fools!!

  38. mart_star permalink
    June 19, 2015 2:52 pm

    Can’t believe they still dont have the count on the ssp

  39. Carlos Lowery permalink
    May 28, 2017 2:49 pm

    I have been looking for 2013 contenders barkevious mingo regular not the variation and I have just seen about maybe 5 of them 2013 till now that is 5-28-17 so I can’t see the mingo regular rc auto print run being 110 of them I might be wrong but I’m betting I’m not I think mingo is one if the SSP

  40. Carlos Lowery permalink
    May 28, 2017 3:04 pm

    And about the print run on the 2013 contenders dual rc auto of Christine Michael that is autoed on both sides of his card.there are just two cards like that his and knile Davis can someone help me on this panini


  1. Short Story: Panini America Sheds Light on 2013 Contenders Football Insert SPs | The Official Panini America Blog
  2. Panini America Reveals Specific Quantities of 2013 Contenders Football Base SPs | The Official Panini America Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: