One week from today in hobby shops across North America, Panini America's ink- and awesome-packed 2015 Contenders Baseball will release to a hungry collector base ready to feast on the product's unique combination of autographs, a prospect-packed checklist, perennially popular parallels, old-school college photography, USA Baseball stars and much more.
One week from today in hobby shops across North America, Panini America’s ink- and awesome-packed 2015 Contenders Baseball will release to a hungry collector base ready to feast on the product’s unique combination of autographs, a prospect-packed checklist, perennially popular parallels, old-school college photography, USA Baseball stars and much more.
The Panini America Baseball Product Development team spent a good chunk of the last week quality controlling and packing out the jam-packed 2015 Contenders Baseball and the gallery that follows features many of the gems that surfaced during that process.
On average, each hobby box of 2015 Contenders Baseball will deliver six autographs, one parallel, six Class Reunion, six Collegiate Connections, six Passports, six Game Day Tickets, 48 School Colors and 48 Old School Colors. There are also randomly inserted Hot Boxes that will deliver seven autographs per box.
Other highlights of the product include:
- An autograph checklist featuring 54 players who have never had an autograph on the market, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Victor Robles and Wei-Chih Huang.
- On average, two boxes per case will deliver a Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager or Yoan Moncada autograph.
- Thirty percent of the product’s autographs will either be sequentially numbered to 99 or less or an SP.
- For the first time ever, Contenders Baseball will feature the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team prospects.
- Autographs of 2016 Rookies like Stephen Piscotty, Aaron Nola, Trea Turner, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto and Robert Refsnyder.
- Notable autographs of college baseball icons such as Jameis Winston, John Elway, Russell Wilson, Barry Larkin, Bo Jackson, Craig Biggio, Dave Winfield, Frank Howard, Frank Thomas, Fred Lynn, Mike Schmidt, Paul Molitor, Rafael Palmeiro, Randy Johnson, Reggie Jackson, Roger Clemens, Tony Gwynn and Will Clark.
- An autograph checklist full of baseball’s top 100 minor league prospects and top 30 international prospects including Aaron Judge, Alex Bregman, Brendan Rodgers, Daz Cameron, Brent Honeywell, Hunter Renfroe, Brett Phillips, Carson Fulmer, Dansby Swanson, Dillon Tate, Franklin Barreto, Gleyber Torres, Julio Urias, Manuel Margot, Orlando Arcia, Ozhaino Albies, Rafael Devers, Willy Adames, Yadier Alvarez, Yoan Lopez, Wander Javier, Gilbert Lara, Lucius Fox, Jeison Guzman and Carlos Vargas.
You can check out much of what the product has to offer in the Quality Control Gallery that follows. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for continued coverage.