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A One-Box Tease: Panini America Busts Into the First Box of 2012 Contenders Football

February 5, 2013

Panini America 2012 Contenders Football One Box Tease (36)

Tomorrow promises to be a banner day in hobby shops across North America, what with the highly anticipated releases of 2012-13 Limited Hockey and the landmark 20th edition of 2012 Contenders Football. If there’s any football product on the planet that can give Prizm-transfixed football collectors a run for their money right now, it’s Contenders, the home of the autographed Rookie Card.

Earlier today — actually, within seconds of receiving our marketing allotment of 2012 Contenders Football — I grabbed the first box I could get my hands and ripped it open to produce the following teaser gallery that takes you pack-by-pack through one 24-pack hobby box.

For the record, the outside of the box promises five autographs. This box delivered six (including one “Cracked Ice” parallel numbered to just 20), in addition to a broad bevy of cool insert cards. You can check out everything we pulled in this box via the gallery that follows. Oh, and after you’ve had your way with the images, be sure to peruse the complete product checklist that’s linked at the bottom of this post.

Enjoy . . .

You can access the checklist here: 2012 Contenders FB Checklist

45 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2013 4:50 pm

    nice box there! 6 autos, a cracked ice auto at that! love it! wish there were more on card like alot of contenders in the past but beggers cant be choosers! still a fav of mine! appreciate the glimpse at whats to come!

  2. Aaron Mitchell permalink
    February 5, 2013 4:51 pm

    look pretty nice to me

  3. February 5, 2013 4:52 pm

    Wow!!! There isn’t a bad card in that box! Hopefully this was a random box, and not a cherry picked one.

    • February 5, 2013 4:54 pm

      It’s just one box, but a random one indeed.

    • chris permalink
      February 5, 2013 4:58 pm

      Not a bad card? You gotta be kidding me.

      • February 5, 2013 5:15 pm

        Sorry, I spoke too soon. The Jordy Nelson, Aaron Rodgers, and Greg Jennings are hideous.

        But, yes, I would love to have autos from 3 of the top 21 picks, a qb that showed he can be a starter in the league, the starting rb for a great up and coming team, and a Cracked Ice auto of one of the greatest college qbs ever.

    • shane mcmahon permalink
      February 5, 2013 8:35 pm

      If you think Case Keen um is one of the greatest college qb’s of all time, you must not watch much football.

      • February 7, 2013 8:01 am

        He is the all-time leader in yards, completions, tds, total yards, and total tds. He threw 9 tds in one game. He is the only qb to pass for more than 5000 yds in 3 seasons, and had 40+ tds 3 times. What more do you want? Was he a Namath, Plunkett, McNair, Ward, Frazier, Wuerffel, Leinart, Young, or Tebow- no. But he’s definitely in the next tier down. It’s not a matter of what he does or doesn’t do on Sundays, but what he did on Saturdays.

  4. hudsonfan15 permalink
    February 5, 2013 4:55 pm

    AMAZING looking first box! That Rookie Stallions Andrew Luck will be a must-have once these start hitting the secondary market. Congrats on the 20th anniversary, thanks Tracy!

  5. kelvin chow permalink
    February 5, 2013 4:57 pm

    Not bad, couple first rounders from that box. I wonder how many cracked ice parallels per case? Thanks for the sneak peek!

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      February 6, 2013 9:22 am

      20th Edition parallels (cracked ice) are randomly inserted across the entire production run. no stated drop rate.

  6. Jeremy permalink
    February 5, 2013 5:02 pm

    Wow sweet looking cards. Quick question I know the Box breakdown says 5 hits and there was 6 in this one but it also says 2 on card, does the cracked ice replace one of the 2 on card autos?

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      February 6, 2013 9:26 am

      5 autographes per box guarenteed – most have 6 autos!

  7. Dan Petrosky permalink
    February 5, 2013 5:06 pm

    What do I need to do to land that Keenum Cracked Ice for my PC?

  8. TJ Curtis permalink
    February 5, 2013 5:09 pm

    Wow, these are just jaw dropping. I love the throwback design and the addition of the cracked ice is superb. The Kendall Wright on card auto is just gorgeous.

  9. February 5, 2013 5:23 pm

    Product looks GREAT. i thought in each box would be 2 on card autos though? did the cracked ice keenum replace this or did u sticker someone instead of redemption??

    • February 5, 2013 5:33 pm

      I think it’s the latter, but will try to have one of our football folks come on here and clarify.

    • Timothy permalink
      February 5, 2013 6:10 pm

      Hmmm, I thought it was 2 RPS (of the 35 player list) per box. But it looks like this was 1 RPS + 5 RT Autos.

      • SGP FB Guy permalink
        February 6, 2013 9:27 am

        5 autos per box guarenteed. most boxes will deliever 6.

  10. VLJazz permalink
    February 5, 2013 5:37 pm

    very cool box there Cracked Ice hits look sweeet!

  11. Nick Gauder permalink
    February 5, 2013 6:24 pm

    Contenders looks AMAZING!!! My daughters and I will go buy our 4 boxes we pre ordered this Saturday.We can’t wait! Keep up the great work!!

  12. Justin permalink
    February 5, 2013 6:50 pm

    So glad to see Cameron Wake in this. He is my favorite player and i love getting his cards when they come out. What are you doing with the cameron wake base card ? 🙂

  13. February 5, 2013 7:48 pm

    Amazing break and surprise, NO redemptions!

  14. Ryan E permalink
    February 5, 2013 7:54 pm

    Nice cards! I like the Ticket theme- excellent change of pace. Will we be able to get these at Target and/or Walmart? Thanks!

    • SGP FB Guy permalink
      February 6, 2013 9:29 am

      Retail blaster will release in the next few weeks.

  15. Norm Mar permalink
    February 5, 2013 7:54 pm

    Was it suppose to be (2) On card Auto’s per box as stated on your sales sheets? I only see one. I know you guys changed it to (6) Autos per box instead of (5). But I hope you didn’t replace to (2) on card autos. On card Autos are what every collector is looking for in a high end product.

  16. February 5, 2013 8:48 pm

    These cards look incredible. I love the die-cut rookie of the year contenders! I’ve bought about 4-5 hobby packs of contenders every year since 2007 and I have yet to pull an auto. 2012 has been incredibly lucky for me, so I’m feeling good about this product! Can’t wait to get some!

  17. Kurry Ferguson permalink
    February 5, 2013 9:23 pm

    My LCS opens at 11 cst tomorrow. I will be getting at minimum of one box . “If you show me yours, I will show you mine”. I will be posting my hits on twitter tomorrow around 1 cst. Twitter id kurdawg19

  18. February 5, 2013 9:38 pm

    Looks Great, but please more on card autos…

  19. Leland Page permalink
    February 5, 2013 9:59 pm

    Very nice autos. Claiborne, Cousins, Wright, and Ballard are all solid autos. I like the looks of the cracked ice autos. The downside, these are $140 per box. I will be lucky to afford one box and get my money’s worth.

  20. mrnnyceguy168 permalink
    February 6, 2013 5:22 am

    Just stunning cards! Absolutely amazing. That cracked ice is a nice addition to the product! Thanks for sharing Tracy!

  21. Eric Cabreros permalink
    February 6, 2013 11:04 am

    Sweet Cracked Iced Auto!

  22. craig permalink
    February 6, 2013 1:28 pm

    we suppose to believe all these great looking autos came out a random box?Most of us get a box and sometimes only get one good auto and rest filled with free agents and linemen.Get real!

  23. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    February 6, 2013 2:17 pm

    The cracked ice are just stunning.I love this product for its auto rookies and with this years 20 year design and cracked iced just stunning

  24. Justin Watkins permalink
    February 6, 2013 4:03 pm

    I love the Titans but hate Kendall Wrights autograph. It’s just so lazy. Great looking cards though. Further evidence why Panini is #1 in Football!

  25. Bruce Sims permalink
    February 7, 2013 12:45 am

    Tracy, i always buy some wax of contenders but end up picking up my Bengals on ebay or local card shop. I was noticing today that alot of players have 2 versions of the same card, just positioned slightly different. Is this all players or just some?

    Thanks for the help with this!

  26. Champ permalink
    February 9, 2013 9:23 pm

    Not impressed with the box I cracked open at all. My best auto card I pulled was basic Marvin Mcnutt if that tells you how crappy this box was.

    • Jeremy permalink
      February 9, 2013 11:06 pm

      Ya know I busted a case and I thought the same thing about a couple boxes but you never know what will be revealed as a short print and it might make it all worth it.

  27. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 15, 2013 7:50 am

    congrats on 20 years of a steller product…looks great this year


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