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Panini Peek Preview & Gallery: 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball (9 Must-See Images)

January 20, 2012

As baseball prospectors across the country continue enjoying the plentifully inked fruit of Panini America’s first MLBPA-licensed product (2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball), company officials are hard at work readying the highly anticipated second release, 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball.

Due out February 22, the newest incarnation of the longstanding hobby favorite will deliver — like EEE — six autographs per box, including at least two on-card autographs. The product also marks the Panini America autograph debuts of 2010 MVP Josh Hamilton and 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

Other highlights of the product (packaged five cards to a pack, 24 packs to a box and 12 boxes to a case) include:

  • More than 150 top prospect autographs, including 50 on-card
  • An average case that yields a staggering 72 autographs, including at least 24 on-card
  • 1/1 Championship Tickets and 1/1 Press Plates for every base and prospect card in the set
  • Sweet Signs autographed sweet spot baseball leather featuring the legendary likes of Stan Musial, Whitey Ford, Cal Ripken Jr., Will Clark and top prospects such as Gerrit Cole, Dylan Bundy, Anthony Rendon, Josh Bell, Matt Purke, Nicky Delmonico and Bubba Starling among others
  • Future Stars Signatures highlighting top players looking to make their marks in the professional ranks

Below you’ll find an early peek at the goods to come. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional updates as the release date draws closer.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. hudsonfan15 permalink
    January 20, 2012 2:39 pm

    Some great looking cards in this set, I have 2 questions:

    1. Will there be dummy cards in every pack to mask the thickness and weight of the on-ball autographs to dissuade pack searching or some other type of security measure? I don’t believe I’ve seen that in past Contenders releases, hence the question.

    2. When can we expect a checklist with a full list of autographs, specifically the veterans?

    Thanks in advance!

    • January 20, 2012 3:11 pm

      We should have a checklist in the next few weeks, Tom. I’m checking on your decoy card question.

  2. January 20, 2012 2:40 pm

    I love the rookie ticket design!

  3. Jamey permalink
    January 20, 2012 2:54 pm

    Love the inclusion of legends of the game, the Sweet Spot baseball ‘graphs are another thoughtful inclusion. Contenders offers significant investment -card value with room for growth…& something for every collector. Nice looking inserts!

  4. January 20, 2012 3:06 pm

    Looking good! Nice to have an alternative to the monopoly!

  5. Lee Patton permalink
    January 20, 2012 3:58 pm

    Being an Iowa boy and the Feller Museum only being 15 mins away, I am going to have to find the Bob Feller Sweet Sign card!

  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    January 20, 2012 4:18 pm

    Never got an email telling me about a new Knights Lance….wierd….anyways…I stumbled upon it. I must say the sweet signs took my breath away. Love the baseball look. And Playoff contenders to me has always been about the autographed rookie cards and seems like they are just as awesome as always. Looks just as great as the football version.

  7. January 20, 2012 4:20 pm

    Nice Set! I’ll have to try and get some in hope of pulling a Sweet Signs Cal Ripken Jr. Card! THAT would be SWEET! Any idea on SRP at this point? I’ll have to start selling to raise some money for it :-) Thanks Tracy! Have a GREAT Weekend!

  8. Bahdankkadank permalink
    January 23, 2012 12:07 am

    Why don’t the ticket cards look like tickets as is the tradition of the brand?

  9. January 24, 2012 6:50 pm

    I’m psyched to see this product come out. Since I’m not a prospector by any means, I love seeing the inclusion of some veteran autographs in this product.

  10. alex permalink
    January 25, 2012 3:40 pm

    wow 72 autos a case i might have to order one :D and the FELLER :D

  11. Micah Distel permalink
    January 26, 2012 2:54 am

    I can’t wait to see this product up close!

  12. Jesse permalink
    January 26, 2012 4:57 pm

    Panini Should Make a High Quality Baseball Product comparable to National Treasures… With Low #d Auto Patch Rcs… And 1/1 MLB Logoman rc Parallels… Or a Product With some significant Baseball cards. You guys should make a High End baseball Product!!!

  13. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 7, 2012 12:23 am

    great looking this year, cant wait to see who the vet autos are

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