One of the hobby’s longest running football products is set to return for another season. 2019 Panini Contenders NFL will arrive at the tail end of the NFL regular season, with its familiar ticket-style look.
Contenders will have 18 packs per box with six cards per pack. Each box will include five autographs, on average, with at least one of those being on-card. Also included will be 18 inserts and one parallel, on average. The content is pretty much in line with the 2018 edition.
Contenders is best known for its Rookie Ticket cards, which carry autographs that tend to carry strong long-term value. Parallels include Rookie Ticket Stub (max #’d/99), Rookie Playoff Ticket (max #’d /99), Rookie Championship Ticket (max #’d /49), Rookie Cracked Ice Ticket (#’d /23), Rookie Clear Ticket (#’d/10), and Super Bowl Ticket (#’d 1/1). Clear Ticket autographs are printed on clear acetate and include on-card autographs.
Rookie Ticket variations will also be part of the mix, featuring design elements and photos that are different from the standard cards. Both will have on-card autographs.
The Veteran Ticket Autographs checklist will include current stars including Patrick Mahomes. Parallel versions will be similar to the Rookie Ticket autos. New to 2019 Contenders are cards featuring current players on throwback designs including 1998 Rookie Ticket (#’d/20 or less and the 1999 Rookie Ticket (#’d /20 or less).
MVP Contenders and Rookie of the Year Contenders inserts will feature players Panini projects as having a shot at each award. Autographed versions be numbered to 99, 10 or 1, as will Contenders to Canton, which will again include a photo of the player in his prime and in his Hall of Fame gold jacket.
Other inserts include Legendary Contenders, Winning Ticket, and Round Numbers.
2019 Panini Contenders football is currently set for release on January 3, but that’s subject to change.