Panini details Contenders Rookie Ticket autos



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Part of the annual mystery that is Panini Contenders has been revealed.

Panini America announced on Wednesday that the Contenders Rookie Tickets — a popular and heavily collected portion of the product each year — will have as many as three versions for some players. The 40 players who appeared at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot will have at least two autographed versions to chase — and half of them will have a third autograph.

Precisely how many cards they signed remains a mystery — an annual collecting tradition of sorts — but the company did disclose some production volumes. Some of the Variation 1 autographs will be limited to as few as 50 copies. Meanwhile, according to the company, all of the Variation 2 versions are limited to no more than 30 copies.

There are even more things to look for beyond these versions. You can find more here.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



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  1. Jordan L 7 January, 2015 at 19:07

    I appreciate the attempt to differentiate base cards but this is a minor picture swap with everything else the same, boring and not really unique. If they are going to do three variations, how about:

    1. Combine/Pro Day picture
    2. Home Action shot
    3. Away posing shot

    Rearrange how you like, but do something different! These photo changes look like they were all taken within 5 seconds of each other.

  2. Richard 8 January, 2015 at 14:50

    Playoff contenders had a winning formula for a very long time.
    You had some relatively random cards short printed and later revealed who they were with the quantities.
    The results was hard core collectors bought cases to crack early to id the cards in hopes of getting a jump
    on the competition.

    So of course they decided to change the formula.
    Welcome to your new-coke moment.

  3. Dom 5 September, 2016 at 12:47

    Hi – I’m confused in regard to Panini Contenders Cracked Ice Rookie Auto Cards. I have the Beckett price guide, and if I look at the cracked ice auto cards it only lists A (or my presumption base price). For example, Odell Beckham 2014 Card 227A is 1000. How much is the cracked ice 227B or 227C? Under the Panini Contender cards the prices are 120, 250, 400 respectively. As for the values of the Cracked Ice cards there are no B (Variation 1) or C (Variation 2) prices listed under the cracked ice auto cards list. There are such cards (Cracked Ice Rookie Auto Variations) because I see them (the variations) for the Cracked Ice Cards online. Please advise and let me know if you in fact know. Thanks, Dom

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 September, 2016 at 09:43

      I believe all the parallels are numbered the same for the regular and variation versions so even if there isn’t a price listed, they should be similar.

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