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2012 Panini Contenders Football marks the brand’s twentieth season in the hobby. Like past years, the “contenders” theme spreads across the base set and most inserts, offering collectors a release that’s extremely focused. It also means that, year to year, each set is consistent. For 2012 Panini Contenders Football, the set looks to the past while still offering a lot of the modern specs that collectors expect.

The 2012 Panini Contenders Football set has 235 cards. Season Ticket is the veteran-focused 100-card subset. A total of 100 second-tier first-year players have Rookie Ticket Autographs. The set’s capped off with 35 RPS Rookie Ticket Autographs featuring the season’s top rookies. The Rookie Ticket Autographs design is inspired by the classic 1998 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autographs design that featured Peyton Manning.

Also reaching into the past are Rookie Stallions. Falling three per box, the inserts originally appeared in 1996 Playoff Contenders. 2012 Panini Contenders Football has three additional basic insert sets, each of which carry the brand’s unifying theme. Legendary Contenders center on retired greats. MVP Contenders honors the NFL’s top players. Rookie of the Year Contenders is all about those making an impact in their first season. Each of these basic inserts can be found three per box. Collectors can also look for autographed versions.

In total, 2012 Panini Contenders Football hobby boxes deliver five autographs, at least two of which are on-card.

Estimated Release Date: 1/13
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 5 cards per pack
Price Point: Mid-End Football Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Rookie Card Collectors, Autograph Collectors

2012 Panini Contenders Football Box Break
5 Autographs
3 Rookie Stallions
3 Legendary Contenders
3 Rookie of the Year Contenders
3 MVP Contenders
120 Total Cards