By the time it arrives, we’ll know a little more about the pro-ready skills of this year’s draft class but it’s safe to say 2019-20 Contenders NBA could be one of the year’s most sought after products. Interest in the recently released Contenders Draft was strong. Now, Panini has released preliminary information on the release of the more popular version that has those rookies in their NBA uniforms. Due out in late December, Contenders NBA will have some exclusive content for collectors who buy boxes at Target, Walmart and Meijer stores.
Annually one of the most anticipated NBA and NFL products, boxes sold at hobby shops and via online sellers will offer ten cards per pack, 12 packs per box and 12 boxes per case. On average, each hobby box will have two autographs.
2019-20 Contenders Draft Autographs, Etc.
Contenders’ most popular attraction is the Rookie Ticket Autographs and the various parallel versions that will include Season Tickets Cracked Ice (# to 25); Optichrome Rookie Season Tickets Premium Gold (# to 10); Rookie Championship Tickets (1/1) and Gold Vinyl (1/1).
Veteran Season Tickets will feature current and former NBA stars with on-card autographs.
MVP Contenders Autographs will showcase some of the league’s best players while Sophomore Contenders autos will be devoted to players who had impressive debuts in 2018-19.
New elements in 2019-20 Contenders NBA are inserts called License to Dominate and Permit to Dominate, both of which will be rare, according to Panini.
Hobby box buyers won’t have all the fun, though. Look for exclusive parallels in both blaster boxes (eight packs of five cards per box) and fat packs (22 cards) including Green Shimmer versions of some of the autographs.
Blaster box exclusives include Game Ticket Red, Game Ticket Blue (#’d/49), Rookie Ticket Swatches,
Rookie Ticket Dual Swatches, Rookie Ticket Dual Swatches Prime (#’d/10) and Rookie Ticket Dual Swatches Tags (1/1).
Fat pack exclusives include Game Ticket Green and Game Ticket Purple (#’d/25). Also look for the new retail-exclusive Rookie Season Ticket Stickers, which features 20 players not included in the Rookie Season Ticket set (Hobby). Each player will have parallel versions.
Here’s a gallery of sample images from 2019-20 Contenders NBA hobby and retail.