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The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2016 Contenders Football (117 Sweet Pics)

January 3, 2017


It’s quite ironic, really, that one of the NFL’s most iconic trading card releases year in and year out bears the name “Contenders.” After all, it’s so much more than a contender every single year. It’s more like a trading card champion, an immediate Product of the Year front-runner packing landmark Rookie Ticket autographed Rookie Cards, variations, short prints and a compelling array of inserts honoring the game’s greatest superstars, veterans and young stars.

And so it is with the highly anticipated 2016 Contenders Football, which has been quality controlled, packed out and is on its way to hobby shops across North America. The product officially goes live on Friday and in anticipation of that monumental day, we’re bringing you a deep dive into this year’s edition with a must-see Quality Control Gallery.

On average, each hobby box of 2016 Contenders Football delivers at least five autographs, but many will deliver more than that. Each hobby box also contains a Gridiron Digital Contenders Rookie Ticket Gold Ink Signature for fans of the Panini NFL Gridiron digital app.

Look for Rookie Ticket Autographs of newer rookies who have broken out this season like Tyreek Hill, Jalen Richard, Adam Thielen, Eli Rogers, Dwayne Washington, Robert Kelley and more.

Check out the gallery below for the imagery and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for SP and SSP information on the base Rookie Ticket Autograph set, variations and insert autographs.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 3, 2017 12:02 pm

    Those are some great looking cards. I love the cracked ice variations.

  2. Joe permalink
    January 3, 2017 12:08 pm

    Nice Tracy.
    The 2013, 2014 & 2015 Contenders SP & SSP print runs will be released……….. Thanks

  3. Joe permalink
    January 3, 2017 12:09 pm

    Real numbers, not upto 50, 200 etc

  4. January 3, 2017 12:56 pm

    Very impressive. With Zek, Dak, and The Boys, this will be the best year for NFL Contenders ever. Can’t wait to see these in my hands.

  5. andy Sparx permalink
    January 3, 2017 1:56 pm

    Sticker autos suck!

  6. January 4, 2017 5:43 am

    Terrific look at Contenders, one of the most highly anticipated releases every year. Thanks Tracy!


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