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Panini America Provides Detailed First Look at 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball

October 2, 2015


In the months since entering the college trading card arena, Panini America has offered brief glimpses of its basketball vision by incorporating college variations of NBA players in both 2014-15 National Treasures Basketball and 2014-15 Flawless Basketball. But later this month, Panini America will unveil its first standalone college-only hoops product with 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball.

Following in the footsteps of Panini America’s successful 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Football, the basketball version honors the biggest stars of the 2015 NBA Draft — as well as the NBA’s biggest current stars in their college uniforms — with a 200-card base set that includes 100 Season Tickets (current NBA stars in their college uniforms), 100 College Tickets (featuring top 2015 draft picks in their college uniforms) and a heavy focus on autographs.

Each hobby box of 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) will deliver five autographs, three Class Reunion, three College Connections, two Passports, six Game Day Tickets, 24 School Colors and 24 Old School Colors. The many highlights of the product include . . .

  • 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball delivers a roster of recently drafted college players in their college jerseys, including players like Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow and more.
  • Chase all five autographed versions of the 100-player College Ticket checklist along with five additional autographed Photo Variation parallels. Find hobby-exclusive Draft Ticket, Playoff Ticket, Championship Ticket and Cracked Ice Ticket parallels.
  • The hobby-exclusive School Colors Signatures features the likes of Russell, Towns, Okafor, Cauley-Stein, Myles Turner, Kevon Looney and Frank Kaminsky.
  • The all-new International Tickets insert features top 2015 NBA Draft picks such as Emmanuel Mudiay (from the Democratic Republic of Congo) and Kristaps Porzingis (from Latvia). Look for hobby-exclusive Playoff Ticket, Championship Ticket and Cracked Ice Ticket versions.
  • Collegiate Connections Signatures features dual-autograph cards honoring some of history’s greatest college basketball players and 2015 NBA draft picks. Look for combos like Kentucky’s Towns and Cauley-Stein, and Anthony Davis and John Wall, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kyrie Irving and UCLA’s Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook.
  • Find autographs of all the top names from the 2015 WNBA Draft including Naismith semi-finalist Brittany Boyd.
  • Collect your favorite alumni through Alumni Ink, an autograph insert boasting a checklist of past alumni greats and potential NBA stars such as Parker, Tim Hardaway Jr., Andre Drummond, Aaron Gordon, Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Victor Oladipo.
  • 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball will touch on nostalgia with players like Ben Gordon, Kyle Korver, Julius Randle, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Richard Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and more.

We’ll have plenty more on 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, check out this first extended sneak peek:

All information is accurate at the time of posting – content is subject to change and approval. Card images are solely for the purpose of design display. Actual images used on cards to be determined.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2015 1:07 pm

    Any UNC?

  2. ericjoshua permalink
    October 2, 2015 2:10 pm

    Yes! Looks like Panini America is closing in Upperdeck’ss last hope… this could mean in near future we could have Jordan by Panini… I love it! Them I’m sure the hobby will be even more exciting opening packscene thinking a chance to get the greatest in his proper bulls Uniform..
    Go for it Guys…

  3. October 2, 2015 5:55 pm

    Will there be retail blasters?

  4. Drew B permalink
    October 2, 2015 7:45 pm

    I’m guessing Kobe might not be in this set?

  5. Peter H. permalink
    October 2, 2015 10:17 pm

    YESSS!!!! This looks awesome! Will this be the only college exclusive basketball release or will you have other products like the collegiate prizm you had for football? Also, around when is this scheduled for release? Sorry for all the questions but can’t wait!

  6. October 3, 2015 10:33 am

    Excellent looking product so far, I know there are a lot of NCAA basketball fans out there who will appreciate this version of Contenders. Thanks Tracy!

  7. jerome permalink
    October 4, 2015 2:55 am

    Hi Mr. Tracy,

    Any news on Jabari Brown (lakers) cards? will he be included in the 2015-16 products?


  8. December 9, 2015 6:52 pm

    Will you ever show differences in regular vs variation college ticket cards?

  9. April 1, 2018 10:02 am

    Looking for value iof Nerlens Noel Kentucky jersey card 10/25


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