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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football Product Review



Manufacturer: Panini America

Product: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football

PRICE: $112.00/box

The chase is on. I love the Contenders brand and what it means for football collectors. I am not quite sold on college unis but I know that this is our first chance to get autos of players in the upcoming NFL Draft and like it or not, I say if you have a player you want to target, this is THE initial offering set you want to get into aside from the HUGE Fan Favorite Panini Contenders Football (Football’s equivalent to Bowman).

Everyone will be on the hunt for the numbered autos of players like Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Myles Garrett, and more. Aside from base autos, there are the ever popular, bowl, championship, and cracked ice ticket parallels. Super fun!

I like the design as it stays true to the look of a ticket for actual games. I would love to see box toppers included in the set someday that is a keepsake plastic ticket that you can hang on a lanyard, ones like you get if you sit in the club level at some venues.

A fun quick break this year with the JUMBO style packs, I appreciate it and I think most will. I know that breakers will enjoy the format. Essentially one auto per pack so for brick and mortars, they can pack it out as a hit a pack and make it more affordable for their local customers.

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  • 18 cards per pack
  • 6 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case


  • 6 Autograph Cards
  • 3 Rush Week
  • 3 Collegiate Connections
  • 3 Passing Grades
  • 9 Game Day Tickets
  • 6 School Colors
  • 6 Old School Colors


  • A longtime standout in the Panini family, Contenders Draft Picks College Football returns in 2017 with plenty of autographs!
  • The popular College Tickets subset features autographs from the 2017 NFL Draft and includes sequentially numbered Bowl Tickets, Playoff Tickets, Championship Tickets, Cracked Ice Tickets and Printing Plate parallels.
  • Find rare autographs from college football legends in both Alumni Ink and Old School Colors Signatures.
  • Chase autograph inserts, such as Collegiate Connections Signatures, School Colors Signatures, Passing Grade Signatures and Rush Week Signatures, featuring autographs from this year’s deep running back class.
  • Each hobby box will deliver 6 autographs!



20-card insert Old School Colors Signatures is loaded with signatures from Heisman Trophy winners sporting their college gear!


Today’s NFL stars highlighted in their college uniforms! Look for Printing Plate versions, sequentially numbered to 1!


Alumni Ink is reserved for only legends of college football from yesterday and today!

Look for all of this year’s hottest rookies! Find 6 Autographs, 3 Rush Week, 3 Collegiate Connections, 3 Passing Grades, 9 Game Day Tickets, 6 School Colors in each box! Look for the following Hobby only exclusives: Bowl Ticket seq. #’d/99, Cracked Ice Ticket seq. #/23, Playoff Ticket #’d/15, Championship Ticket seq. #’d/1, College Ticket and Season Ticket Printing Plates #’d/1!


Bowl Ticket/Championship Ticket/Cracked Ice Ticket (numbered from 99 to 1) – Season Ticket Printing Plate Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black (numbered to 1) – College Bowl Ticket/Playoff Ticket/Championship Ticket/Cracked Ice Ticket (numbered from 99 to 1) – College Ticket Printnig Plate Cyan/Magenta?Yellow/Black (numbered to 1) – College Ticket Variation – College Bowl Ticket Variation/Playoff Ticket/Championship Ticket/Cracked Ice Ticket (numbered from 99 to 1) – Alumni Ink – Collegiate Connections Signatures – School Colors Signatures – Passing Grades Signatures – Rush Week – Collegiate Connections – Passing Grades – Game Day Tickets – School Colors – Old School Colors – On average, non-base cards are included approximately 1 in every pack.