2021-22 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball Details
2021-22 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball gives the regular Contenders set a metal makeover for the fourth season in a row. Besides the upgraded look and feel, the configuration is more sleek with just six cards per hobby box. These break down to include an autograph, two inserts, a pair of parallels and one base card.
2021-22 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball Checklist Overview
The base set is a mix of veterans and rookies. Both maintain a ticket-inspired layout that’s similar to Contenders. But with the chrome finish, there’s a shinier look and feel to it all.
- 75th Anniversary
- Blue – /99
- Orange – /49
- Green Pulsar – /25
- Gold – /10
- Gold Vinyl – 1/1
There’s also hobby-only Black Pandora versions that, although don’t carry a serial number, rank among the rarer parallels in the product.
As far as autographs go, according to Panini the focus is on-card ink. Top first-year players are in both the Rookie Season Ticket Autographs and Rookie Variations Season Ticket Autographs sets.
Like their first-year counterparts, Veteran Autographs also use a design that’s similar to the base set.
1984 Tribute Autographs include some retired players. These take it back more than 35 years to the 1984 Donruss Baseball design.
2021-22 Contenders Optic has a broad mix of standard inserts as well including All-Star Aspirations, Hoop Dream, Legendary Tandems, Lottery Ticket, Pick N Roll, Playing the Numbers Game, Suite Shots, and Uniformity.
Superstars is back as well with a die cut design.
Blue Cracked Ice and Red Cracked Ice are among the insert parallels.
2021-22 Panini Contenders Optic Basketball cards at a glance:
Cards per pack: Hobby – 6
Packs per box: Hobby – 1
Boxes per case: Hobby – 20
Set size: TBA
Release date (subject to change): December 14, 2022
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What to expect in a hobby box:
- Autographs – 1
- Inserts – 2
- Parallels – 2
- Base Cards – 1
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The full 2021-22 Contenders Optic Basketball checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the product comes out.