How to Spot the 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Autograph Variations


The RPS College Ticket Autographs are one of the key components of the 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball checklist. This is where many of the set’s top signatures come into play like Zion Williamson and Ja Morant. And they’re on-card, too. The checklist for these gets significantly bigger with several parallels as well as three levels of variations. So how does one spot the 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball variations?

Let’s dive in.

Look on the Back

Yes, the photos on the base autographs and variations are all different. But unless you’ve got them all memorized, telling which is which can be tough.

The 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball autograph variations giveaway is subtle. But once you know what to look for, it’s not hard to not only tell them apart but assign them to the proper A, B and C designation.

Look on the back of the card. At the bottom corner there’s a black box with the player’s position, height and weight. A little above that is a line that extends the same length of the box. This is where you want to draw your attention.

It’s what’s in that small gap between the box and the line that shows if it’s a base card or a variation.

If there’s nothing in that gap, it’s a base card.

Base – empty gap

Variation A cards have a single small box in the gap.

Variation A – single block

For Variation B autographs, there are two boxes, one at either end of the box.

Variation B – two blocks

Three boxes are visible for Variation C cards.

Variation C – three blocks

And that’s all there is to it. Spotting the 2019-20 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball autograph variations made easy.


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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  1. Randy Johnson 23 October, 2019 at 09:42

    Thank you, Ryan … I posted a question on the basketball forums about the base card variations … any way to tell those?

    Last year if I remember correctly they had a “V” under the card number, but this year I don’t think they’ve done that.

    Any help would be much appreciated, thanks!

    • Ryan Cracknell 23 October, 2019 at 18:10

      @Randy – I just looked at a couple and it looks similar to the autographs. It looks like the base cards have one bar in a similar spot on the back and variations have three (like the Variation C autographs).

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