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Panini America Delivers Detailed First Look at 2016 Contenders Football (Gallery)

October 16, 2016


It’s a product known the collecting world over by one powerful name: Contenders. Of course, it’s also called something else: The Home of the Autographed Rookie Card. By any name, though, Panini America’s Contenders Football franchise remains one of the most popular products in collecting history. And that reputation will be well preserved when the highly anticipated 2016 Contenders Football arrives in hobby shops across North America in late December.

Bolstered by the fabled Rookie Tickets Autographs Rookie Cards and a host of venerable inserts, 2016 Contenders Football is set to deliver some of the most in-demand Rookie Cards of the talent-rich 2016 NFL Draft Class. On average, each hobby box will deliver five or six autograph (including one or two RPS Rookie Tickets), three Rookie of the Year Contenders, two MVP Contenders, two Legendary Contenders, two Round Numbers, one Touchdown Tandem and two additional parallels or inserts.

The highlights of 2016 Contenders Football are many and include . . .

  • The popular Rookie Tickets set feature autographs of the top rookies and includes numbered Playoff Tickets, Championship Tickets, Cracked Ice Tickets, Super Bowl Tickets and Printing Plates parallels.
  • Find autographs of top legends and veterans in the Legendary Contenders Autographs, MVP Contenders Autographs, NFL Ink and Super Bowl MVP Autographs inserts.
  • Chase key inserts such as Rookie of the Year Contenders, MVP Contenders, Legendary Contenders, Touchdown Tandems and Round Numbers, pairing top rookies selected in the same round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
  • Look for hobby-exclusive Golden Tickets and Silver Tickets.
  • Draft Class Autographs features signatures from the top 2016 rookies and includes Gold (numbered to 16) and Platinum 1/1 versions.
  • Find autographs from some of the greatest NFL players of all time in Legendary Contenders Autographs (numbered to 49 or less).
  • Look for autographs of 20 top contenders for the NFL MVP Award in an MVP Contenders insert numbered to 49 or less.
  • A 390-card base set that includes Season Tickets, Rookie Tickets, Rookie Ticket Variations and Coaches Tickets. Look for Cracked Ice (numbered to 24) and Printing Plate 1/1 parallels.

We’ll have plenty more on 2016 Contenders Football in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, enjoy this 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.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe permalink
    October 16, 2016 2:19 pm

    Nice, I’m looking forward to it.
    Any info on the SSP / SP’s print runs from 2015?


  2. Cyndee permalink
    October 16, 2016 8:15 pm

    YAY! Stickers

  3. October 17, 2016 6:07 am

    Contenders is one of the sets that most NFL collectors mark on their calendar and plan for it’s release. I did my fair share of Contenders from last season as was continually impressed, this year’s release looks primed to meet and exceed that standard. Thanks Tracy!

  4. October 17, 2016 9:47 am

    This is the best NFL Rookie Class since…………….. I can’t think of one better.

    Contenders’ track record for consistently providing the most in-demand rookie cards at an affordable price point should bring football card collecting for 2016 to the next level of excitement.

  5. Matt G permalink
    October 21, 2016 5:13 am

    Always a fan. Best rookies on the market!

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