A Contenders to Remember: Zion, Ja, R.J. and More Headline Panini America’s Upcoming 2019-20 Contenders Basketball

October 07, 2019

This probably goes without saying . . . but we’re going to say it anyway: The 2019 NBA Draft Class is the kind of otherworldly class that basketball collecting dreams are made of. It’s the kind of class — what with the likes of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, Rui Hachimura and more — that can turn even a modest product preview such as this one into headline-demanding, must-see stuff. So, grab a seat and enjoy this detailed first look at Panini America’s 2019-20 Contenders Basketball.

Set to arrive in hobby shops across North America in late December, 2019-20 Contenders Basketball delivers the product’s fabled and hard-signed Rookie Ticket Autographs and their chase-tastic parallel versions. On average, each hobby box (10 cards per pack, 12 packs per box, 12 boxes per case) will yield two autographs and a captivating array of inserts and parallels. Below we offer links to the Product Information Solicitation documents for both hobby and retail versions of the product as well as an extensive first-look gallery.

As you might expect, the highlights of 2019-20 Contenders Basketball are considerable and include . . .

  • In Rookie Ticket Autographs, fans and collectors can chase this year’s top newcomers with one of the most popular rookie autograph sets of all time.
  • Chase rare parallels in Rookie Season Tickets Cracked Ice (numbered to 25), Optichrome Rookie Season Tickets Premium Edition Gold (numbered to 10), Rookie Season Tickets Championship Tickets 1/1s, Rookie Season Tickets Premium Edition Gold Vinyl 1/1 and more. 
  • Veteran Season Tickets feature current and retired NBA stars with on-card autographs. 
  • New to Contenders this year are the super-short-printed License to Dominate and Permit to Dominate cards.
  • Collect league MVPs in multiple sets as well as possible future league MVPs in the MVP Contenders Autographs and Sophomore Contenders Autographs.
  • A wide array of eye-catching inserts this year featuring a strong lineup of players throughout all sets.

We’ll have plenty more on 2019-20 Contenders Basketball in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. But for now, check out the aforementioned PIS PDFs and preview gallery below.

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.

Here’s the Hobby PIS.

Heres the Retail PIS.

Here are the images: