Although 2009 Playoff Contenders won’t officially be live until Jan. 6, we were lucky enough to get our hands on two early boxes today. We ripped through one for an episode of Box Busters. The other one we opened so we could provide you with an extended look.
Thanks to its melding of Rookie Cards with autographs way back in 1998, Contenders has earned a reputation over the last 12 years as one of the preeminent football brands released every season. And while this year’s version, delivering four autographs a box including many on-card, is sure to be as hotly pursued as the last 11, it’s got a lot more going for it than just autographed Rookie Cards.
Like a stunning horizontal base-card design that begs to be appreciated. And a stunning card-back design that begs to be – GASP! – read. The matte finish of the inserts is a nice touch – and nice to the touch – but the actual design of the inserts is no match for the beauty of the base.
See for yourselves in this Box Busters gallery.
— Tracy Hackler