They one of the most recognizable subsets in the hobby. Since 1998, Contenders has been producing distinct rookie cards, often without serial numbers. In this instance, it only seems to add to the buzz.
2013 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs are no different. Factoring in variations, there are more than 140 different rookies with autographs in the product. Some of these are in greater supply than others. But without any serial numbers, it leads to speculation until Panini releases specific details.
As a product that has a built-in base of set builders, these short prints can command huge premiums. Even fringe players can bring in huge amounts if they're some of the rarest in the sets.
Both regular Rookie Ticket Autographs and their variations have multiple levels of numbered parallels. Cracked Ice cards, numbered to 21, are proving to be very popular. For some of the short prints, these parallels might actually end up being more plentiful.
Even though much of the chase in 2013 Panini Contenders Football surrounds the signed rookie cards, there are several other levels of autographs. These include Draft Class and Rookie Ink.
Veteran and legend signatures can also be found, but they're tough. Legendary Contenders, MVP Contenders and NFL Ink are all numbered to 25 or less.
Get a real-time look at the 2013 Panini Contenders Football cards generating the more attention on eBay right now. Below is a list of the 50 most-watched auctions currently listed. It updates on its own so you may want to check back if you're looking for certain cards or are curious about the activity on them.
E-Mail Author | Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.
His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.
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