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Panini America Offers Detailed First Look at 2018-19 Contenders Basketball (Gallery)

October 29, 2018

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Amid considerable pomp and circumstance, Panini America returned the fabled Contenders Basketball brand to the market last season for the first time since 2012-13. And based on overwhelming collector acceptance, it became abundantly clear that it would be more than just a one-year return. And so bolstered by another stacked rookie class, Contenders Basketball will be back in full force when the 2018-19 edition arrives in late December.

2018-19 Contenders Basketball will feature the brand’s calling-card Rookie Ticket Autographs signed on-card as well as the complete array of Contenders components such as Cracked Ice, Optichrome and Championship Ticket parallels. On average, each hobby box (10 cards per pack, 12 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will deliver two autographs.

Other highlights of 2018-19 Contenders Basketball include . . .

  • Historic Rookie Tickets featuring current NBA stars with their rookie teams and on-card autographs.
  • For the first time, Contenders Optic Preview SSPs.
  • Chase multiple versions of Rookie Ticket Autographs showcasing the top picks from the 2018 NBA Draft Class.
  • Collect league MVPs in MVP Contenders and possible future league MVPs in Sophomore Contenders.
  • A wide array of eye-catching inserts featuring legends, veterans and rookies.
  • Cracked Ice parallels are numbered to 25, Optichrome Premium Edition Gold parallels are numbered to 10 and Championship Ticket parallels remain 1/1s. Find additional Rookie Ticket parallels throughout the product.

We’ll have more on 2018-19 Contenders Basketball in the coming weeks. But until then, here’s an extended sneak peek:

We’ll have plenty more on 2018-19 Revolution Basketball in the coming weeks here on The Knight’s Lance. But until then, enjoy this sneak peek:

Shop the official online store of Panini America for your favorite basketball products.

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.

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