2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball offers an early look at the 2019-20 NBA rookie class as well as other players from the past and present through the lens of college hoops. Like past years, it’s an autograph-heavy release with a signature in every hobby pack (six per hobby box).
2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Overview
Although 2019 Contenders Draft Picks is primarily an NCAA release, it starts with a shell set that has NBA veterans and retired stars in their NBA uniforms. It’s a relatively small set with just 50 cards. However, each card also has a variation version that’s available in similar quantities.
RPS College Ticket cards come with on-card signatures from key players taken in the 2019 draft.
These come with several parallels including Draft Ticket (/99), Cracked Ice (/23), Playoff Ticket (/15), Printing Plates (1/1) and Championship Ticket (1/1). On top of these, RPS parallels also come with not one but three variations.
The autograph checklist expands further with more College Ticket and International Ticket cards, which feature draft picks from different corners of the globe. International Ticket parallels come in Draft Ticket (/99), Cracked Ice (/23), Playoff Ticket (/15), Printing Plates (1/1) and Championship Ticket (1/1).
Season Ticket Signatures come with a similar design, however the checklist is limited to ten all-time college greats.
2019 Contenders Draft Picks has autographs on other parts of its checklist as well. Legacy Signatures and Turning Pro Signatures both look at players going from the college ranks to pro with a pair of images.
Game Day Ticket Signatures limits itself to ten of the top prospects heading into the 2019-20 NBA season. These have a handful of parallels as well: Draft Ticket (/99 or less), Cracked Ice (/23), Playoff Ticket (/18), Diamond Ticket (/10), Building Blocks Ticket (/5), Printing Plates (1/1) and Fame Ticket (1/1).
2019 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball at a glance:
Cards per pack: 18
Packs per box: 6
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 50 cards
Release date: September 4, 2019
What to expect in a hobby box:
- Autographs – 6
- Inserts – 30
- Parallels – 1
We’ll have the full 2019 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball checklist posted as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before its release.