Twenty-one seasons after it first debuted, 2013 Panini Contenders Football is set to arrive later this year with a focus on multiple autographs and inserts per box.
Contenders Football has kept a considerable fan base through the years thanks to its autograph and insert content. This year, Contenders will offer five autographs and 14 inserts in each 24-pack box. On card autographs of 40 rookies in the Rookie Ticket subset will be one of the highlights of the product.
There will be more scarce parallel versions, including Playoff Tickets (numbered to 99), Cracked Ice Tickets (numbered to 21), and Championship and Printing Plate Tickets, each numbered to only one.
Panini says its Rookie Ink on-card-signed insert has received a major makeover for 2013. A new NFL Ink counterpart showcasing the game’s top veterans on autograph cards numbered to 25 or less makes its debut this year.
Back for another moment are many of the traditional Contenders inserts including Rookie of the Year Contenders (20 cards, with autographs numbered to 25), Round Numbers (with autographs numbered to 25 or less), MVP Contenders (10 cards, with autographs numbered to 25 or less) and the 14kt-gold Golden Ticket 1/1s.
Two new rookie-focused autograph subsets will be unveiled with Contenders: NFLPA Rookie Premiere Autographs and a Contenders version of Pen Pals.
2013 Panini Contenders Football is set to release in late December.