2015-16 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Variations Gallery

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College hoops might be new to Contenders, but many of the major elements of 2015-16 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball remain true to the brand. A big one is the College Ticket Autographs featuring autographs of 2015-16 NBA rookies. And when you have rookie autographs, the variations usually follow. 2015-16 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball variations exist, but spotting them doesn’t appear to be easy.

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A total of 46 players have College Ticket Autograph Variations. They’re definitely surfacing. But, at this point, collectors are still left to figure out what’s what.

In a lot of recent Contenders sets, there has been some sort of tip off as to whether a card is the base version or the variation. It’s still unclear if that’s the case here. And if there is a hint, it’s not readily apparent.

Furthering complicating matters is the fact that, like pretty much all Contenders sets, short prints are also in play. Even with the limited amount of cards showing up early, it looks as though some of the autographs are tougher to pull than others. In some instances, the print runs for the regular cards and variations may be close. This makes it more difficult to tell what’s what.

At this point, it’s hard to confirm for certain which are the 2015-16 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball variations and which aren’t. This will be the case until there’s some sort of confirmation from Panini or a larger sample size.

While we’re not going to declare variations yet, it’s important to know the differences between the base and variations autographs. Below we’ve got images and details of what we’ve seen. For the time being, we’re also going to track the number of each that have been listed on eBay, including parallels. It’s still early but trends should start emerging over the next few days.

2015-16 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Variations

Numbers indicate the total listings on eBay so far. It’s not perfect, but it’s the most reliable data currently available.

Updated: Nov. 3

101 Aaron Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats

  • ball in two hands – Base 0, Parallel 2
  • dribbling – Base 0, Parallel 5
  • white jersey – Base 0, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 101 Aaron Harrison Ball Two Hands 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 101 Aaron Harrison 99



15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 101 Aaron Harrison White Jersey99



102 Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

104 Anthony Brown, Stanford Cardinal

  • black jersey – Base 1, Parallel 0
  • red jersey – Base 11, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 104 Brown Black Jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 104 Brown


105 Bobby Portis, Arkansas Razorbacks

  • white jersey – Base 2, Parallel 6
  • red jersey – Base 0, Parallel 5

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 105 Portis White Jersey 15


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 105 Portis Red Jersey 99


106 Brandon Ashley, Arizona Wildcats

  • dribbling – Base 4, Parallels 0
  • jumping – Base 14, Parallel 7

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 106 Ashley


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 106 Ashley


107 Cameron Payne, Murray State Racers

  • yellow jersey – Base 0, Parallel 6
  • white jersey – Base 4, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 107 Cameron Payne Yellow Jersey 15


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 107 Cameron Payne


108 Chris McCullough, Syracuse Orange

  • one foot in front of the other – Base 0, Parallel 1
  • feet to sides – Base 11, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 108 McCullough One Foot In Front


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 108 McCullough


109 Aaron White, Iowa Hawkeyes

110 Christian Wood, UNLV Rebels

  • dribbling, ball in left hand – Base 2, Parallel 1
  • dribbling, ball in right hand – Base 4, Parallel 4
  • crouching – Base 0, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 110 Christian Wood Left Hand


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 110 Christian Wood Right Hand



15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 110 Christian Wood Crouching



111 Cliff Alexander, Kansas Jayhawks

  • ball over head – Base 6, Parallel 6
  • jumping, ball at waist – Base 4, Parallel 2
  • standing, ball at waist – Base 1, Parallel 4

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 111 Alexander


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 111 Alexander



15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 111 Alexander Standing



112 D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State Buckeyes

  • white jersey – Base 11, Parallel 4
  • red jersey – Base 7, Parallel 4

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 112 Russell


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 112 Russell


113 Dakari Johnson, Kentucky Wildcats

  • sleeves – Base 7, Parallel 4
  • no sleeves – Base 31, Parallel 4

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 113 Johnson


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 113 Johnson


114 Delon Wright, Utah Utes

  • ball in right hand – Base 7, Parallel 3
  • ball in left hand – Base 2, Parallel 4

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 114 Delon Wright Right Hand


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 114 Delon Wright


115 Devin Booker, Kentucky Wildcats

  • two hands on ball – Base 0, Parallel 1
  • one hand on ball – Base 4, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 115 Devin Booker Two Hands 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 115 Devin Booker


116 Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin Badgers

  • ball in two hands – Base 14, Parallel 2
  • wearing headband – Base 4, Parallel 6

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 116 Kaminsky


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 116 Kaminsky Headband Glasses


117 J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina Tar Heels

  • white jersey – Base 3, Parallel 6
  • blue jersey – Base 37, Parallel 4

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 117 Tokoto White Jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 117 Tokoto


118 Jahlil Okafor, Duke Blue Devils

  • no sleeves – Base 2, Parallel 3
  • sleeve – Base 7, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 118 Okafor


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 118 Jahlil Okafor


119 Jarell Martin, LSU Tigers

  • white jersey – Base 0, Parallel 5
  • yellow jersey – Base 14, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 119 Martin White Jersey 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 119 Martin


120 Jordan Mickey, LSU Tigers

  • white jersey – Base 0, Parallel 3
  • black jersey – Base 11, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 120 Jordan Mickey white jersey 23


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 120 Jordan Mickey


121 Joseph Young, Oregon Ducks

  • green jersey – Base 3, Parallel 8
  • yellow jersey – Base 27, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 121 Young green jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 121 Young


122 Justin Anderson, Virginia Cavaliers

  • black jersey – Base 0, Parallel 3
  • white jersey – Base 2, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 122 Anderson looking up 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 122 Anderson


123 Justise Winslow, Duke Blue Devils

  • white jersey – Base, Parallel
  • blue jersey – Base 9, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 123 Justise Winslow white jersey 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 123 Justise Winslow


124 Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky Wildcats

  • checkered pattern on shorts – Base 1, Parallel 7
  • striped socks – Base 9, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 124 Towns


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 124 Karl-Anthony Towns


125 Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas Jayhawks

  • white jersey – Base 0, Parallel 1
  • blue jersey – Base 4, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 125 Oubre white jersey 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 125 Oubre


126 Branden Dawson, Michigan State Spartans

  • green jersey – Base 8, Parallel 3
  • white jersey – Base 33, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 126 Daawson


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 126 Dawson


127 Kevon Looney, UCLA Bruins

  • blue jersey – Base 2, Parallel 1
  • white jersey – Base 6, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 127 Looney blue jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 127 Looney


128 Michael Frazier II, Florida Gators

  • blue jersey – Base 4, Parallel 3
  • white jersey, ball over head – Base 4, Parallel 2
  • white jersey, ball at waist – Base 12, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 128 Michael Frazier II blue jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 128 Michael Frazier II



15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 128 Michael Frazier II white jersey waist



129 Michael Qualls, Arkansas Razorbacks

  • dribbling – Base 0, Parallel 3
  • dunking – Base 1, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 129 Qualls dribbling 23


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 129 Qualls dunking


130 Montrezl Harrell, Louisville Cardinals

  • black jersey – Base 0, Parallel 6
  • white jersey – Base 20, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 130 Montrezl Harrell black jersey 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 130 Montrezl Harrell


131 Myles Turner, Texas Longhorns

  • white jersey – Base 1, Parallel 5
  • orange jersey – Base 8, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 131 Turner white jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 131 Turner


133 Olivier Hanlan, Boston College Eagles

  • logo on ball – Base 4, Parallel 6
  • hand out of frame – Base 22, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 133 Hanlan


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 133 Hanlan hand out


134 Quinn Cook, Duke Blue Devils

  • left hand up – Base 0, Parallel 1
  • left hand down – Base 2, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 134 Quinn Cook hand up 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 134 Quinn Cook


135 R.J. Hunter, Georgia State Panthers

  • white jersey – Base 1, Parallel 3
  • blue jersey – Base 13, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 135 Hunter


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 135 Hunter


136 Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse Orange

  • orange jersey – Base 5, Parallel 4
  • white jersey – Base 13, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 136 Christmas orange jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 136 Christmas


137 Rashad Vaughn, UNLV Rebels

  • red jersey – Base 1, Parallel 3
  • black jersey – Base 5, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 137 Vaughn red jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 137 Vaughn


138 Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green Falcons

  • ball in two hands – Base 4, Parallel 3
  • ball in one hand – Base 17, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 138 Holmes two hands


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 138 Holmes


140 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona Wildcats

  • red jersey – Base 3, Parallel 1
  • blue jersey – Base 9, Parallel 6

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 140 Jefferson red jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 140 Jefferson


141 Sam Dekker, Wisconsin Badgers

  • white leggings – Base 0, Parallel 7
  • black leggings – Base 5, Parallel 4

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 141 Sam Dekker white leggings 23


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 141 Sam Dekker


142 Stanley Johnson, Arizona Wildcats

  • dribbling – Base 1, Parallel 4
  • passing – Base 0, Parallel 8

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 142 Johnson Dribbling


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 142 Johnson Passing 99


144 Terry Rozier, Louisville Cardinals

  • white jersey – Base 2, Parallel 2
  • black jersey – Base 5, Parallel 1

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 144 Rozier white jersey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 144 Rozier black jersey


145 Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming Cowboys

  • jumping – Base 0, Parallel 5
  • dribbling – Base 17, Parallel 8

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 145 Nance Shooting 15


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 145 Nance


146 Trey Lyles, Kentucky Wildcats

  • dribbling – Base 1, Parallel 3
  • two hands on ball – Base 4, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 146 Trey Lyles dribbling


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 146 Trey Lyles


147 Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington Eagles

  • dark jersey – Base 5, Parallel 4
  • red jersey – Base 21, Parallel 2

15-16 Con Draft BK Var 147 Harvey


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 147 Harvey


148 Tyus Jones, Duke Blue Devils

  • white jersey – Base 0, Parallel 4
  • blue jersey – Base 10, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 148 Jones white jersey 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 148 Jones


149 Jonathan Holmes, Texas Longhorns

  • white jersey – Base 0, Parallel 3
  • orange jersey – Base 5, Parallel 3

15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 149 Holmes white jersey 99


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 149 Holmes


150 Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky Wildcats

sleeves – Base 1, Parallel 5
no sleeves – Base 7, Parallel 5


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 150 Cauley-Stein one hand


15-16 Con Dr CT Auto 150 Cauley-Stein


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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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2 comments

  1. Ronald Robinson 9 December, 2015 at 18:34

    Did you give up on updating?

    I believe I read somewhere Variations only in hobby boxes? If that is true, just need folks to verify a specific auto came in retail version, then we know other(s) are definitely the variations.

    I have sleeveless Okafor Draft Ticket Auto /99 that came from a hobby box, but don’t actually know if hobby boxes only had the Variations or both.

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 December, 2015 at 19:38

      It was very time consuming and without any sort of confirmation from Panini, it made it tough. With what was done some patterns seemed to be established as to what’s tough and what’s not, although that may or may not translate into the variations.

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