2012 Panini Contenders Football Cards

2012 Panini Contenders Football Cards

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Set Checklist

2012 Panini Contenders Football Set Checklist

Season Ticket Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Playoff Ticket #/99, 20th Edition "Cracked Ice" #/20, Championship Ticket #/1

1 Larry Fitzgerald
2 Early Doucet III
3 Beanie Wells
4 Matt Ryan
5 Michael Turner
6 Roddy White
7 Joe Flacco
8 Ray Lewis
9 Ray Rice
10 Torrey Smith
11 Ryan Fitzpatrick
12 Fred Jackson
13 Steve Johnson
14 Cam Newton
15 DeAngelo Williams
16 Steve Smith
17 Jay Cutler
18 Matt Forte
19 Brandon Marshall
20 Andy Dalton
21 A.J. Green
22 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
23 Greg Little
24 Josh Cribbs
25 Tony Romo
26 Miles Austin
27 Dez Bryant
28 DeMarco Murray
29 Peyton Manning
30 Demaryius Thomas
31 Willis McGahee
32 Matthew Stafford
33 Calvin Johnson Jr.
34 Ndamukong Suh
35 Aaron Rodgers
36 Greg Jennings
37 Jordy Nelson
38 Matt Schaub
39 Arian Foster
40 Andre Johnson
41 Reggie Wayne
42 Donnie Avery
43 Donald Brown
44 Blaine Gabbert
45 Maurice Jones-Drew
46 Laurent Robinson
47 Matt Cassel
48 Jamaal Charles
49 Dwayne Bowe
50 Reggie Bush
51 Cameron Wake
52 Anthony Fasano
53 Christian Ponder
54 Adrian Peterson
55 Percy Harvin
56 Tom Brady
57 Aaron Hernandez
58 Rob Gronkowski
59 Wes Welker
60 Drew Brees
61 Marques Colston
62 Jimmy Graham
63 Eli Manning
64 Ahmad Bradshaw
65 Victor Cruz
66 Hakeem Nicks
67 Mark Sanchez
68 Tim Tebow
69 Santonio Holmes
70 Carson Palmer
71 Darren McFadden
72 Darrius Heyward-Bey
73 Michael Vick
74 LeSean McCoy
75 DeSean Jackson
76 Ben Roethlisberger
77 Antonio Brown
78 Mike Wallace
79 Philip Rivers
80 Ryan Mathews
81 Antonio Gates
82 Alex Smith
83 Frank Gore
84 Randy Moss
85 Vernon Davis
86 Richard Sherman
87 Marshawn Lynch
88 Sidney Rice
89 Sam Bradford
90 Steven Jackson
91 Danny Amendola
92 Josh Freeman
93 Dallas Clark
94 Vincent Jackson
95 Kenny Britt
96 Jake Locker
97 Chris Johnson
98 Pierre Garcon
99 London Fletcher
100 Santana Moss
2012 Panini Contenders Football Peyton Manning Image

Rookie Ticket Autographs Set Checklist

Click here for full short print info, including print runs. Variation info can be found here.
PARALLEL CARDS: Playoff Ticket #/99, 20th Edition "Cracked Ice" #/20, Championship Ticket #/1, Plates #/1 (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black)

101 Alfred Morris SP
102 Adrien Robinson
103 Andre Branch SP
104 B.J. Coleman SP
105 B.J. Cunningham
106 Bobby Rainey
107 Bobby Wagner SP
108 Brandon Hardin
109 Brandon Taylor
110 Bruce Irvin
111 Bryce Brown SP
112 Case Keenum
113 Casey Hayward
114 Chandler Harnish
115 Chandler Jones
116 Chris Polk
117 Chris Rainey SP
118 Josh Gordon SP
119 Coty Sensabaugh
120 Courtney Upshaw SP
121 Cyrus Gray
122 Dan Herron
123 Danny Coale
124 David DeCastro SP
125 Nigel Bradham
126 Deangelo Peterson SP
127 Demario Davis
128 Derek Wolfe SP
129 Devon Still SP
130 Devon Wylie
131 Dont'a Hightower SP
132 Dontari Poe SP
133 Dre Kirkpatrick SP
134 Bill Bentley
135 Jeff Demps SP
136 Josh Cooper
137 Fletcher Cox SP
138 George Iloka SP
139 Gerell Robinson
140 Rod Streater
141 Harrison Smith SP
142 Jamell Fleming
143 James Hanna SP
144 Janoris Jenkins SP
145 Jared Crick
146 Jeff Fuller
147 Jerel Worthy SP
148 Jonathan Martin
149 Josh Robinson
150 Juron Criner SP
151 Kellen Moore SP
152 Kendall Reyes
153 Keshawn Martin
154 Kevin Zeitler
155 Kirk Cousins
156 Ladarius Green SP
157 LaVon Brazill SP
158 Lavonte David
159 Luke Kuechly SP
160 Marc Tyler
161 Mark Barron SP
162 Jorvorskie Lane SP
163 Marvin Jones SP
164 Marvin McNutt
165 Matt Kalil
166 Melvin Ingram
167 Michael Brockers SP
168 Michael Smith SP
169 Mike Martin
170 Morris Claiborne SP
171 Mychal Kendricks SP
172 Najee Goode
173 Nick Perry
174 Olivier Vernon
175 Omar Bolden
176 Orson Charles
177 Quinton Coples SP
178 Rhett Ellison
179 Riley Reiff SP
180 Rishard Matthews
181 Ronnell Lewis SP
182 Ryan Lindley
183 Sean Spence
184 Shea McClellin
185 Stephon Gilmore
186 T.Y. Hilton SP
187 Greg Zuerlein SP
188 Tavon Wilson
189 Terrance Ganaway
190 Tim Benford
191 Tommy Streeter SP
192 Travis Benjamin
193 Trumaine Johnson
194 Tyrone Crawford
195 Vontaze Burfict
196 Whitney Mercilus SP
197 Vick Ballard
198 Vinny Curry
199 Zach Brown
200 Brandon Bolden SP
2012 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Autograph Morris Claiborne 214x300 Image

Rookie Ticket Autograph Variations Set Checklist

Rookie Ticket RPS Autographs Set Checklist

AUTO PARALLEL CARDS: Playoff Ticket #/99, 20th Edition "Cracked Ice" #/20, Championship Ticket #/1, Plates #/1 (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black)

201 Andrew Luck SP
202 Robert Griffin III SP
203 Trent Richardson SP
204 Ryan Tannehill SP
205 Justin Blackmon SP
206 Brandon Weeden SP
207 Brock Osweiler
208 Michael Floyd
209 Kendall Wright
210 A.J. Jenkins
211 Doug Martin SP
212 Lamar Miller
213 Isaiah Pead SP
214 David Wilson
215 Stephen Hill
216 Mohamed Sanu SP
217 Bernard Pierce
218 Nick Foles SP
219 LaMichael James
220 Rueben Randle
221 Coby Fleener
222 Ryan Broyles
223 Dwayne Allen
224 Ronnie Hillman
225 Russell Wilson SP
226 Michael Egnew
227 Chris Givens
228 Joe Adams
229 Robert Turbin
230 Nick Toon
231 T.J. Graham
232 Brian Quick
233 DeVier Posey
234 Jarius Wright
235 Alshon Jeffery
2012 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Autograph Andrew Luck Image

Rookie Tickets Autograph Set Checklist

236 Deonte Thompson SP
237 Justin Tucker SP
238 Damaris Johnson
239 Evan Rodriguez SP
240 Kris Adams SP
241 Daryl Richardson SP
242 Lance Dunbar SP
243 Blair Walsh SP
244 Miles Burris
245 Josh Norman SP

Draft Class Autographs Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/15

1 Fletcher Cox
Nick Foles
2 Brandon Weeden
Trent Richardson
3 Coby Fleener
Dwayne Allen
4 A.J. Jenkins
LaMichael James
5 David Wilson
Rueben Randle
6 Doug Martin
Mark Barron
7 Lamar Miller
Michael Egnew
8 Robert Turbin
Russell Wilson
9 Quinton Coples
Stephen Hill
10 Morris Claiborne
Tyrone Crawford
11 Chris Givens
Janoris Jenkins
12 Dre Kirkpatrick
Mohamed Sanu
13 Stephon Gilmore
T.J. Graham
14 DeVier Posey
Whitney Mercilus
15 Brock Osweiler
Ronnie Hillman
16 Michael Floyd
Ryan Lindley
17 Chandler Jones
Dont'a Hightower
18 B.J. Coleman
Nick Perry
19 Kendall Reyes
Melvin Ingram
20 Ronnell Lewis
Ryan Broyles

Golden Tickets Set Checklist

1 A.J. Green
2 DeMarco Murray
3 Julio Jones
4 Marshawn Lynch
5 Adrian Peterson
6 Arian Foster
7 Calvin Johnson Jr.
8 Drew Brees
9 Dwayne Bowe
10 Frank Gore
11 Jamaal Charles
12 Larry Fitzgerald
13 Matt Ryan
14 Matthew Stafford
15 Maurice Jones-Drew
16 Rob Gronkowski
17 Michael Vick
18 Peyton Manning
19 Philip Rivers
20 Ray Rice
21 Reggie Bush
22 Sam Bradford
23 Tom Brady
24 Tony Romo
25 Aaron Rodgers
26 Darren McFadden
27 Brandon Marshall
28 Jordy Nelson
29 Percy Harvin
30 Cam Newton
31 Eli Manning
32 Steve Johnson
33 LeSean McCoy
34 Ben Roethlisberger
35 Chris Johnson
36 Victor Cruz
37 Robert Griffin III
38 Andrew Luck
39 Doug Martin
40 Kendall Wright
41 Justin Blackmon
42 Russell Wilson
43 Ryan Tannehill
44 Trent Richardson
45 Brandon Weeden
46 Alfred Morris
47 Dan Marino
48 Michael Irvin
49 Barry Sanders
50 Dick Butkus
51 Earl Campbell
52 Kurt Warner

Legendary Champions Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/100, Black #/50

1 Eli Manning
2 Aaron Rodgers
3 Drew Brees
4 Santonio Holmes
5 Peyton Manning
6 Hines Ward
7 Deion Branch
8 Tom Brady
9 Ray Lewis
10 Kurt Warner
11 John Elway
12 Terrell Davis
13 Steve Young
14 Emmitt Smith
15 Troy Aikman
16 Joe Montana
17 Jerry Rice
18 Phil Simms
19 Marcus Allen
20 Jim Plunkett
21 Terry Bradshaw
22 Greg Jennings
23 James Harrison
24 Dwight Freeney
25 Rod Smith

Legendary Contenders Autographs Set Checklist

1 Fred Taylor
2 Shaun Alexander
3 Bernie Kosar
4 Fred Dryer
5 Bruce Smith
6 Lenny Moore
7 John Fuqua
8 Bob Griese
9 Andre Rison
10 Keyshawn Johnson
11 Vinny Testaverde
12 James Lofton
13 D.D. Lewis
14 Shannon Sharpe
15 Steve Largent
16 Sonny Jurgensen
17 Jerome Bettis
18 Rod Smith
19 Fred Biletnikoff
20 Junior Seau
21 Ted Hendricks
22 Fran Tarkenton
23 L.C. Greenwood
24 Steve Bartkowski
25 Daryle Lamonica
26 Terrell Davis
27 Kellen Winslow
28 Raymond Berry
29 Jim Plunkett
30 Sterling Sharpe
31 Doug Flutie
32 Ozzie Newsome
33 Dhani Jones
34 Herman Moore
35 Dan Fouts
36 Paul Warfield
37 John Riggins
38 Dave Casper
39 Priest Holmes
40 Eric Dickerson
41 Marcus Allen
42 Chuck Bednarik
43 Deion Sanders
44 Frank Gifford
45 Andre Reed
46 Lance Alworth
47 Michael Irvin
48 Floyd Little
49 Billy Howton
50 Richard Dent
2012 Panini Contenders Football Legendary Contenders Autographs Joe Montana Image

MVP Contenders Die-Cut Set Checklist

3 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/100, Black #/50

1 Ray Rice
2 A.J. Green
3 Arian Foster
4 Tom Brady
5 Peyton Manning
6 Darren McFadden
7 Calvin Johnson Jr.
8 Aaron Rodgers
9 Adrian Peterson
10 Matt Ryan
11 Cam Newton
12 Drew Brees
13 Tony Romo
14 Eli Manning
15 LeSean McCoy

NFL Ink Set Checklist

1 A.J. Green #/ 10
2 Antonio Brown #/ 25
3 Brandon Pettigrew #/ 25
4 C.J. Spiller #/ 25
5 Brian Hartline #/ 10
6 Demaryius Thomas #/ 25
7 Darren McFadden #/ 25
8 Darren Sproles #/ 5
9 Jonathan Stewart #/ 25
10 DeSean Jackson #/ 20
11 Jonathan Baldwin #/ 49
12 Greg Little #/ 25
13 Victor Cruz #/ 15
14 Randall Cobb #/ 15
15 Torrey Smith #/ 25
16 Josh Freeman #/ 25
17 Jeremy Maclin #/ 10
18 Jimmy Graham #/ 10
19 Jordy Nelson #/ 15
20 Michael Crabtree #/ 10

NFL Ink Combos Set Checklist

1 Aaron Hernandez #/ 10
Rob Gronkowski
2 Darrius Heyward-Bey #/ 10
Greg Jennings
3 Jermaine Gresham #/ 25
Lance Kendricks
4 Jeremy Maclin #/ 10
Mario Manningham
5 Brandon Jacobs #/ 25
Ryan Williams
6 Josh Cribbs #/ 25
Randall Cobb
7 David Nelson #/ 10
Ryan Fitzpatrick
8 Reggie Bush #/ 10
Roy Helu Jr.
9 Danny Amendola #/ 10
James Laurinaitis
10 Miles Austin #/ 10
Vincent Jackson
11 Matt Cassel #/ 1
Tony Moeaki
12 James Laurinaitis #/ 10
Sean Lee
13 Nnamdi Asomugha #/ 25
Von Miller
14 Clay Matthews #/ 15
J.J. Watt

NFL Ink Trios Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/5 or as noted

1 Dwayne Bowe
Kenny Britt
Pierre Garcon
2 Beanie Wells
James Starks
Rashard Mendenhall
3 Joe Flacco
Matt Schaub
Philip Rivers
4 Brian Cushing
Jason Pierre-Paul
Paul Posluszny
5 Louis Murphy
Mike Wallace
Percy Harvin
6 LeGarrette Blount #/1
Malcom Floyd
Tony Moeaki
7 Dustin Keller
Fred Davis
Jared Cook
8 Jacquizz Rodgers
Pierre Thomas
Ronnie Brown
9 Daniel Thomas
Jamaal Charles
Montario Hardesty
10 Brandon LaFell
Brandon Lloyd
Mike Williams

NFL Ink Quads Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/5

1 Aaron Rodgers
Ben Roethlisberger
Drew Brees
Eli Manning
2 Cam Newton
Mark Ingram
Sam Bradford
Tim Tebow
3 Adrian Peterson
Arian Foster
Frank Gore
Maurice Jones-Drew
4 DeMarco Murray
Hakeem Nicks
Jay Cutler
Jermichael Finley
5 BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Christian Ponder
Dallas Clark
Reggie Wayne

Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week Set Checklist

Featuring 17 Pepsi Rookie of the Week winner stamped cards; Retail only

Week 1 - Robert Griffin III
Week 2 - Trent Richardson
Week 3 - Andrew Luck
Week 4 - Robert Griffin III
Week 5 - Andrew Luck
Week 6 - Robert Griffin III
Week 7 - Alfred Morris
Week 8 - Andrew Luck
Week 9 - Doug Martin
Week 10 - Russell Wilson
Week 11 - Robert Griffin III
Week 12 - Robert Griffin III
Week 13 - Robert Griffin III
Week 14 - Alfred Morris
Week 15 - Kirk Cousins
Week 16 - Robert Griffin III
Week 17 - Alfred Morris

ROY Nominee Red Prizm Die-Cut Set Checklist

Featuring 5 Rookie of the Year nominee stamped cards with a print run of less than 35 per card; Retail only

Alfred Morris
Andrew Luck
Doug Martin
Robert Griffin III
Russell Wilson

Rookie Ink Set Checklist

1 Andrew Luck
2 Robert Griffin III
3 Trent Richardson
4 Ryan Tannehill
5 Justin Blackmon
6 Brandon Weeden
7 Brock Osweiler
8 Michael Floyd
9 Kendall Wright
10 A.J. Jenkins
11 Doug Martin
12 Lamar Miller
13 Isaiah Pead
14 David Wilson
15 Stephen Hill
16 Mohamed Sanu
17 Bernard Pierce
18 LaMichael James
19 Rueben Randle
20 Coby Fleener
21 Ryan Broyles
22 Ronnie Hillman
23 Russell Wilson
24 Chris Givens
25 Joe Adams
26 Robert Turbin
27 Brian Quick
28 DeVier Posey
29 Jarius Wright
30 Alshon Jeffery

Rookie of the Year Contenders Die-Cut Set Checklist

3 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/100, Black #/50

1 Andrew Luck
2 Brandon Weeden
3 Doug Martin
4 Justin Blackmon
5 Kendall Wright
6 Michael Floyd
7 Robert Griffin III
8 Russell Wilson
9 Ryan Tannehill
10 Stephen Hill
11 Trent Richardson
12 Alfred Morris
13 Chandler Jones
14 Luke Kuechly
15 Mark Barron
16 Morris Claiborne
17 Robert Turbin
18 Alshon Jeffery
19 Bernard Pierce
20 David Wilson
21 Rueben Randle
22 Bruce Irvin
23 Janoris Jenkins
24 Melvin Ingram
25 Vontaze Burfict

Rookie of the Year Contenders Autograph Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/10

1 Robert Griffin III
2 Andrew Luck
3 Doug Martin
4 Russell Wilson
5 Trent Richardson
6 Stephen Hill
7 Ryan Tannehill
8 Alfred Morris
9 Chandler Jones
10 Courtney Upshaw
11 Luke Kuechly
12 Mark Barron
13 Melvin Ingram
14 Morris Claiborne
15 Alshon Jeffery
16 Justin Blackmon
17 Kendall Wright
18 Josh Gordon
19 Dont'a Hightower
20 Fletcher Cox
21 Bruce Irvin
22 Derek Wolfe
23 Shea McClellin
24 Janoris Jenkins
25 Lavonte David
2012 Panini Contenders Football Rookie of the Year Contenders Autographs Robert Griffin III Image

Rookie Stallions Set Checklist

3 per box
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold #/100, Black #/50

1 Andrew Luck
2 Robert Griffin III
3 Bernard Pierce
4 Doug Martin
5 Justin Blackmon
6 Kendall Wright
7 Mohamed Sanu
8 Robert Turbin
9 Russell Wilson
10 Ryan Tannehill
11 Stephen Hill
12 Trent Richardson
13 Alfred Morris
14 Bruce Irvin
15 Chandler Jones
16 Lavonte David
17 Mark Barron
18 Morris Claiborne
19 Nick Perry
20 Vontaze Burfict
21 Shea McClellin
22 Mychal Kendricks
23 Luke Kuechly
24 Ronnie Hillman
25 Alshon Jeffery

Rookie Stallion Signatures Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25 or as noted

1 Andrew Luck #/10
2 Robert Griffin III #/10
3 Trent Richardson #/10
4 Ryan Tannehill
5 Justin Blackmon
6 Michael Floyd
7 Kendall Wright
8 Robert Turbin
9 Doug Martin
10 David Wilson
11 Luke Kuechly
12 Bruce Irvin
13 Stephen Hill
14 Alshon Jeffery
15 Morris Claiborne
16 Mark Barron
17 Chris Givens
18 Lamar Miller
19 Janoris Jenkins
20 Russell Wilson
21 Mohamed Sanu
22 Chandler Jones
23 Rueben Randle
24 Fletcher Cox
25 Brandon Weeden #/15

Signs of Greatness Set Checklist

1 Aaron Hernandez #/ 15
2 Antonio Brown #/ 15
3 Andy Dalton #/ 15
4 Brandon Pettigrew #/ 15
5 Greg Jennings #/ 10
6 Darren McFadden #/ 15
7 Jimmy Graham #/ 15
9 DeSean Jackson #/ 15
10 Kenny Britt #/ 15
11 Greg Olsen #/ 15
12 Greg Little #/ 15
13 Hakeem Nicks #/ 15
14 Dwayne Bowe #/ 15
15 Mario Williams #/ 15
16 Sidney Rice #/ 5
17 Matt Forte #/ 15
18 Arian Foster #/ 15
19 Percy Harvin #/ 10
20 Torrey Smith #/ 15
21 Reggie Wayne #/ 15
22 Rob Gronkowski #/ 5
23 Roddy White #/ 10
24 Ryan Mathews #/ 15
25 Shonn Greene #/ 10
26 Vernon Davis #/ 15
27 Vincent Jackson #/ 10
28 Von Miller #/ 15
29 Sean Lee #/ 15
30 Larry Fitzgerald #/ 15

Product Details

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2012 Panini Contenders Football marks the brand's twentieth season in the hobby. Like past years, the "contenders" theme spreads across the base set and most inserts, offering collectors a release that's extremely focused. It also means that, year to year, each set is consistent. For 2012 Panini Contenders Football, the set looks to the past while still offering a lot of the modern specs that collectors expect.

2012 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Autograph Andrew Luck 214x300 ImageThe 2012 Panini Contenders Football set has 235 cards. Season Ticket is the veteran-focused 100-card subset. A total of 100 second-tier first-year players have Rookie Ticket Autographs. The set's capped off with 35 RPS Rookie Ticket Autographs featuring the season's top rookies. The Rookie Ticket Autographs design is inspired by the classic 1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs design that featured Peyton Manning.

Also reaching into the past are Rookie Stallions. Falling three per box, the inserts originally appeared in 1996 Playoff Contenders. 2012 Panini Contenders Football has three additional basic insert sets, each of which carry the brand's unifying theme. Legendary Contenders center on retired greats. MVP Contenders honors the NFL's top players. Rookie of the Year Contenders is all about those making an impact in their first season. Each of these basic inserts can be found three per box. Collectors can also look for autographed versions.

In total, 2012 Panini Contenders Football hobby boxes deliver five autographs.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Football Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Rookie Card Collectors, Autograph Collectors

2012 Panini Contenders Football Box Break

  • 5 Autographs
  • 3 Rookie Stallions
  • 3 Legendary Contenders
  • 3 Rookie of the Year Contenders
  • 3 MVP Contenders
  • 120 Total Cards
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2012 Playoff Contenders Buffalo Bills NIGEL BRADHAM RC Auto Autograph
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2012 Playoff Contenders Packers Marc Tyler RC Auto Lot (x2) Regular
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Product Review

2012 Panini Contenders Football Product Review

Reviewed by Doug Cataldo

Good: Massive amount of rookie autographs with a chance at finding short-printed variations, 14K Golden Ticket one-of-ones made of real gold, autographs from Gridiron Greats including Fran Tarkenton, Deion Sanders and the late Junior Seau.

Bad: Sticker autographs, some cards on the sell sheet not on the final checklist.

The Bottom Line: Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Panini could not have asked for a better rookie crop to help bolster Contenders. The brand has been strong since its debut in the 1990s. The 2012 edition is not wavering in price because collectors enjoy the sheer amount of hits per box and the excitement of chasing the key rookies and variations. Contenders is also a set many collectors look back to a few years after the draft when players that did not make an immediate impact start to emerge.

Staff Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Card Design: 4.0/5.0

Contenders Rookie Tickets have shared a similar look for many years. Panini has designed the 2012 model to keep classic elements from the past two decades, while at the same time, working some new looks for inserts like MVP Contenders and Rookie of the Year Contenders. A little deviation from the norm might not be a bad idea as Contenders enters its third decade in production.

Checklist: 4.5/5.0

This is where Contenders shines. It kicks off with a 100-card base set, and is followed up by a massive checklist of autographed rookie cards. The set also includes a limited number of autographs from several veterans like Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Frank Gore. Contenders also offers dual, triple and quad autographs..

Value: 4.0/5.0

Originally touted as having five autographs per box, collectors have been thrilled with the fact that boxes of Contenders actually include six autographs. Do the math. If you eliminated the other cards in the box, that averages about $22 per autograph. If you find Luck, RGIII, Doug Martin, Russell Wilson or a handful of other outstanding 2012 players, that alone could provide an immediate and substantial return on your investment. Not every box will deliver a top rookie or star, but you have six chances to unpack a desirable card that makes you feel like you got your money's worth.

The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0

As one of the hobby's longest running brands that focuses on autographed rookie cards, Contenders has a tremendous following. Year in and year out, it is one of the most anticipated football products of the year. This season is no different with a spectacular rookie class. Featuring a deep checklist of nearly 150 rookie autographs, and a plethora of short-printed variations, opening Contenders provides the possibility of a great hit, and a thrill with every pack.

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2012 Contenders Vontaze Burfict Auto Rc SP Variation
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2012 Panini Contenders 2x Najee Goode RC Auto Rookie Ticket And Variation SP
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User Reviews

  1. 5 Autographs
    3 Rookie Stallions
    3 Legendary Contenders
    3 Rookie of the Year Contenders
    3 MVP Contenders
    120 Total Cards
    A breakdown of a box like you guys posted is what makes this product nice. 5 autographs..though mostly rookies..is where this set is made in value. A decent amount of cards in a box and a decent price makes this a product that I among other seek a lot yearly.

  2. 5 Autographs
    (4 non-variation rookie tickets)
    (1 RPS REDEMPTION Stephen Hill non-variation)
    (0/2 “guaranteed” on-card autographs stated on sell sheet)

    NO on-card autos, ONLY 1 RPS (& that was a redemption) 4 non-variation no-name rookie tickets (3 undrafted.) Needless to say I’m disappointed.

  3. I would like to start by saying that the cards look great & that’s what keeps me coming back each year. Unfortunately what is advertised is not what I found in the box. Panini advertises 5 autos 2 being on-card. My breakdown was more like this:

    5 sticker auto
    0 variation

    Considering the 2012 draft I was expecting a little more from Panini this year.

  4. 1 on-card auto….!!!!!!! 5 total autos is great, but they will prob. not be in the league next year. I used to be the biggest fan of this product. Now, Im not so sure. Recommendations… DONT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!!

  5. When are the short prints announced ?Thank you Ryan.

  6. Jeff » Here you go: http://www.cardboardconnection.com/2012-panini-contenders-football-short-prints

    Panini said there’s more but haven’t confirmed them yet. We’ll update this page as they’re released.

  7. Love the rookie contenders are i hope they don’t change

  8. I love getting 6 autos when I open a box! New lines in the future need to follow suite!

  9. Ladies and gentleman, to all concerned. I’ve finally found a hobby that my wife and I both enjoy! Of course, she authorizes what can be spent within our budget. But it’s also nice to have a second set of eyes to help in picking the various products that are available. We both seem to agree that our favorite 2012 products are Topps Platinum & Triple Threads. The other products that we both enjoy are Panini Certified, Prizm, and Black. Which leads me into this nice segway, 2012 Panini Contenders! She inquired on several ocassions in regards to a hobby box, I told her to hold off and see if a retail blaster box would be available soon. Well, our patience has rewarded us in this regard. Upon opening the packs, we both commented that the faux ticket on the side seems to make the card design look cheap. The information in regards to the ticket is redundant at best, I found that the only useful information was the home stadium of the player. As for the print and stock quality, we seem to agree that Panini does an excellent job and has yet to disappoint us. As for the most important part in this exciting hobby? HITS! Contenders seems to have taken care of this issue with a auto of Quinton Coples (Not on card), Legendary Champions (Phil Simms) and 2 die cuts. One of Chandler Jones and a MVP of Aaron Rodgers. The later being the card that I am most excited about. As for our rating of 2 stars? Our humble opinion is that of the aforementioned, somewhat gaudy ticket design, has the both of us giving this set a 2 star rating. Looking back, it’s unfair to judge this set against Prizm. Prizm is one of the best designs out there, and not many sets can stand up to the quality and design of Prizm. But that’s what was released prior to Contenders. Will I buy or recommend this product? Buy no, recommend yes, if your inclination is to get autos. We are excitedly awaiting the release of “Totally Certified”! When we rip through the foil packs from the hobby box (I told my wife that I would like to purchase this set) we will enthusiastically share our review with everyone.

  10. Wow is all I can say about the comments here..Educate yourselves over 10-20 yrs. in buying and collecting before picking something apart and making uneducated comments.

  11. Thanks Scott. Toshi, how can you “recommend” a product but not purchase that said product? Prizm is a POS product, 2-autos a box with basically the same RC distribution as Contenders and base Topps Chrome. COMPLETE CRAP AND VERY DISAPPOINTED IN TOPPS. Opened 20 boxes of this product and hit 6 autos in 18 of 20 boxes. The case I opened, hit 6 autos in 12 of 12 boxes. Anyone else have this success? Also have 8 variations that aren’t listed on Panini’s ticket SP and ticket variation SP…any idea on whats up with unlisted variations???

  12. Please except my apology Scott B. and Jim M. It was not my intention to disrespect the both you in anyway. I will not make any more negative comments on products from today and moving forward. I assumed this was a review section done by non-professional card collectors. Thank you gentleman for your rebuttal of my comments.

    Toshi

  13. whats up with the golden ticket redemptions? bought 5 packs at my local shop and pulled #29 percy harvin. are they #d? should I redeem it or sell it?

  14. emeekins » It it’s one of the solid gold cards, they’re one-of-ones. Not sure if they have a serial number. A Kurt Warner redemption sold on Nov. 29 for $500. You’d probably get the most if you redeemed it.

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