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Short Report: Panini America Starts Sharing SPs, SSPs in 2016 Contenders Football

January 7, 2017


Panini America’s ballyhooed 2016 Contenders Football arrived in hobby shops yesterday to a ready-and-waiting collector base that has spent the last 24 hours since in a wrapper-ripping, Rookie Ticket-revealing frenzy. That’s certain to continue in the weeks ahead as the many Contenders completists work on building their sets, with one eye always on the set’s various variations and short prints.

Today, we’re going to devote some attention to clarifying or demystifying some of the set’s SP and SSP mysteries. The initial list below details some of the SPs and SSPs featured in 2016 Contenders Football’s Rookie Tickets, Rookie Ticket Variations (horizontal) and Rookie Ticket Variations Sepia sets. For 2016 Contenders Football, an SP indicates cards with a print run of 250 or less; an SSP indicates cards with a print run of 99 or less. Enjoy the initial list and stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.

SSP (99 or less):
Rookie Ticket #123 Jonathan Bullard
Rookie Ticket #309 Kevin Hogan
Rookie Ticket Variation #343 Paxton Lynch
Rookie Ticket Variation #344 Christian Hackenberg
Rookie Ticket Variation #346 Connor Cook
Rookie Ticket Variation #350 Ezekiel Elliott
Rookie Ticket Variation #358 Jordan Howard
Rookie Ticket Variation #365 Corey Coleman
Rookie Ticket Variation Sepia #301 Jared Goff
Rookie Ticket Variation Sepia #311 Derrick Henry
Rookie Ticket Variation Sepia #329 Sterling Shepard
Rookie Ticket Variation Sepia #331 Tyler Boyd

SP (250 or less):
Rookie Ticket #117 Myles Jack
Rookie Ticket #131 Jerell Adams
Rookie Ticket #137 Josh Ferguson
Rookie Ticket #159 Kelvin Taylor
Rookie Ticket #206 Leonard Floyd
Rookie Ticket #213 Spencer Drango
Rookie Ticket #307 Dak Prescott
Rookie Ticket Variation #261 Eli Apple
Rookie Ticket Variation #295 Vernon Hargreaves III
Rookie Ticket Variation #296 Tyreek Hill
Rookie Ticket Variation #360 Jonathan Williams
Rookie Ticket Variation #363 DeAndre Washington
Rookie Ticket Variation #378 Trevor Davis


13 Comments leave one →
  1. TheCardInvestor permalink
    January 8, 2017 3:14 am

    Some clarification please. I thought cards 323 Deandre Washington and 338 Trevor Davis were the base cards, not the variations. Can you please clarify which ones are the actual SP?

    • January 9, 2017 7:31 am

      Horizontal format is the variation.

      • TheCardInvestor permalink
        January 11, 2017 1:00 pm

        I think you missed my point. In the article for the two cards I pointed out, the card numbers are for the vertical non-variation cards, not the variation as noted. Just wanted verification on which one is the actual SP, the card number as noted or the way it is noted?

      • January 12, 2017 1:00 pm

        Got you now. Turns out there was a typo on the card numbers in the blog post. The actual SPs for Washington and Davis are the horizontal variations and are card numbers #363 and #378, respectively. The blog post has been corrected.

  2. Jon Blomker permalink
    January 8, 2017 11:22 am

    On the redemption card, it says rookie ticket/rookie ticket variation. How do I know which one it is? The vertical or horizontal?

  3. Matt G permalink
    January 9, 2017 4:33 am

    Wished I could bust some. Hope a box finds its way to me. Would be my first year without opening some

  4. January 9, 2017 5:53 am

    Thanks for the info Tracy, seems like at least one Colts player every year winds up on this list!

  5. January 12, 2017 12:33 am

    Cardboard Connection has a spreadsheet stating Ezekiel Elliott RPS #310 (base auto) has only a print run /25!? If this is true, not only is this card SSP but it would be one of the most if not, the most expensive version of this card minus obviously 1/1’s. I was able to hit one in a case break and I was thinking of selling it but I’m not so sure now.


  1. Short Report: Panini America Reveals More SPs, SSPs in 2016 Contenders Football | The Official Panini America Blog
  2. Short Report: Panini America Reveals More SPs, SSPs in 2016 Contenders Football | The Official Panini America Blog
  3. Short Report: Panini America Reveals More SPs, SSPs in 2016 Contenders Football | The Official Panini America Blog

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