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2018 Panini Contenders Football Cards

2018 Panini Contenders Football Cards


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One of the most popular NFL sets each year, 2018 Panini Contenders Football gets a lot of cardboard love thanks to the Rookie Ticket autographs.

Putting a more definitive number on the box output compared to 2017, each 2018 Hobby box has five autographs and one of these should be hard-signed.

While this is the main NFL version, there is also an earlier 2018 Contenders Draft Picks set with a college theme.

2018 Panini Contenders Football Base / Inserts

Panini bypasses the base cards and focuses mostly on the hits in the early info. However, it is safe to assume there is a full Season Ticket base set with various parallels. Collectors can expect one parallel per box.

In addition, the 2018 Panini Contenders Football inserts combine to average one per pack. The choices include previous lines such as Legendary Contenders, MVP Contenders and Rookie of the Year Contenders, plus Round Numbers and Team Quads.

Among the rarest inserts are the Hobby-only Silver Ticket (#/2) and 14k gold Golden Ticket (1/1) cards.

2018 Panini Contenders Football

2018 Panini Contenders Football Autographs

2018 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Autographs

Most collectors will agree that the Contenders brand is all about the popular Rookie Ticket cards, and the 2018 Panini Contenders Football checklist even rolls in a few new options this time around. Leading the way, the on-card Rookie Ticket RPS subset features many of the standout rookies. Ticket parallels include Playoff (#/99 or less), Championship (#/49), Cracked Ice (#/24), and Super Bowl (1/1).

2018 Panini Contenders Football

Of course, the lineup stretches further with the Rookie Ticket Variation cards featuring different player images.

Debuting in 2018 are the Rookie Ticket Stub (#/99 or less) cards that display the look of a torn stub in the form of die-cutting at the top. Done on acetate, Rookie Clear Ticket (#/10 or less) is another new choice. Both of these parallel the Rookie Ticket base and variation cards.

2018 Panini Contenders Football

Celebrating 20 years of Rookie Ticket cards, which first debuted in 1998, the retro 20th Anniversary Rookie Ticket RPS line is also hard-signed.

2018 Panini Contenders Football

2018 Panini Contenders Football - Other Autographs

Enhancing many of the inserts, 2018 Panini Contenders Football supplies more signatures for rookies, as well as current stars and retired legends of the NFL. This includes MVP Contenders Autographs (#/49 or less) and Rookie of the Year Contenders Autographs (#/99 or less). These both have Gold (#/10) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.

2018 Panini Contenders Football

Moving to the Hall of Fame players, Contenders to Canton Autographs (#/20) looks back at the earliest Contenders card for various all-time greats alongside a photo of their enshrinement.

2018 Panini Contenders Football

Doubling up, the top rookies see more coverage in Round Numbers Dual Autographs. Every multi-player card showcases two players selected in the same round.

2018 Panini Contenders Football

Estimated Release Date: 12/26/2018
Product Configuration
: 6 cards per pack, 18 packs per box, 12 boxes per case

2018 Panini Contenders Football Hobby Box Break Average

  • 5 Autographs
  • 18 Inserts
  • 1 Parallel

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These are mock-up images and not final cards. Designs and contents subject to change. 

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