Just in case you missed it, Panini started producing basketball cards (again) which feature a player wearing its collegiate uniform. This was seen in 2014-15 Panini National Treasures Basketball and 2014-15 Panini Flawless Basketball.
Today, they announced on their blog the return of Contenders Basketball but this time all cards will feature a player in their college uni (I think UD knows that this move from Panini is coming).
Here are the box highlights mentioned on The Knight’s Lance.
- 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball delivers a roster of recently drafted college players in their college jerseys, including players like Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Willie Cauley-Stein, Justise Winslow and more.
- Chase all five autographed versions of the 100-player College Ticket checklist along with five additional autographed Photo Variation parallels. Find hobby-exclusive Draft Ticket, Playoff Ticket, Championship Ticket and Cracked Ice Ticket parallels.
- The hobby-exclusive School Colors Signatures features the likes of Russell, Towns, Okafor, Cauley-Stein, Myles Turner, Kevon Looney and Frank Kaminsky.
- The all-new International Tickets insert features top 2015 NBA Draft picks such as Emmanuel Mudiay (from the Democratic Republic of Congo) and Kristaps Porzingis (from Latvia). Look for hobby-exclusive Playoff Ticket, Championship Ticket and Cracked Ice Ticket versions.
- Collegiate Connections Signatures features dual-autograph cards honoring some of history’s greatest college basketball players and 2015 NBA draft picks. Look for combos like Kentucky’s Towns and Cauley-Stein, and Anthony Davis and John Wall, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kyrie Irving and UCLA’s Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook.
- Find autographs of all the top names from the 2015 WNBA Draft including Naismith semi-finalist Brittany Boyd.
- Collect your favorite alumni through Alumni Ink, an autograph insert boasting a checklist of past alumni greats and potential NBA stars such as Parker, Tim Hardaway Jr., Andre Drummond, Aaron Gordon, Jrue Holiday, Julius Randle, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Victor Oladipo.
- 2015 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball will touch on nostalgia with players like Ben Gordon, Kyle Korver, Julius Randle, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Richard Jefferson, Roy Hibbert and more.
- 24 Packs per box
- 8 cards per pack
What a box-breaker will expect from a hobby box
- 5 Autographs
- 3 Class Reunions
- 2 Passports
- 6 Game Day Tickets
- 24 School Colors
- 24 Old School Colors
Release date: October 27, 2015
1. Alumni Ink
2. Class Reunion
3. College Championship Ticket Variation
4. College Championship Ticket
5. College Cracked Ice Ticket Variation
6. College Cracked Ice Ticket
7. College Draft (Common, Blue And Red)
8. College Draft (Variation, Variation Blue And Variation Red)
9. College Playoff Ticket
10. College Ticket Printing Plate Variation
11. College Ticket Printing Plate
12. College Ticket
13. Collegiate Connections Signatures
14. Collegiate Connections
15. Game Day
16. International Tickets Printing Plate
17. International Tickets
18. Old School Colors Signatures
19. Old School Colors
21. School Colors Signatures
22. School Colors
23. Season Ticket Printing Plate
24. Season Ticket
Checkout below the design and the awesome beauty of the cards.