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Kelvin Benjamin Offers Must-See First Look at 2014 Contenders Football (Gallery)

October 11, 2014

Panini America 2014 Kelvin Benjamin Autographs (2)

As far as NFL days off go, the one Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin spent with Panini America on Tuesday was quite productive. For starters, he helped Panini America kickoff the 2014 NFL Player of the Day promotion in grand style with a special appearance at Cardiacs Sports and Memorabilia in Cary, N.C. Benjamin’s larger-than-life presence gave the fans and collectors packing Cardiacs a greater appreciation for the 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.

But it’s what Benjamin did behind the scenes — in the car on the way to the appearance — that will likely resonate with thousands of collectors for the rest of his rookie season and beyond. During the two-hour chauffeured drive to Cardiacs, Benjamin — with Panini America’s own Ivory Tabb offering assistance from the seat next to him — signed on-card autographs for several key Panini America products including 2014 Flawless Football, 2014 Crown Royale and 2014 Contenders Football.

In the gallery that follows, we provide the world premiere first look at 2014 Contenders Football and also examine Benjamin’s Flawless and Crown Royale specimens. But before we get to the eye candy, here’s a quick interview we conducted with Benjamin covering everything from his thoughts on Flawless to catching passes from Cam Newton and Jameis Winston. Enjoy.

First, the interview . . .

Now, the cards . . .

8 Comments leave one →
  1. freethrowtommy permalink
    October 11, 2014 12:33 pm

    Why mess with the formula of Contenders? Championship Tickets should be 1/1 with Playoff tickets /49. Why the change?

    • thehelmutt permalink
      October 11, 2014 10:07 pm

      Agreed. Bad call Panini.
      Ya blew it.

  2. October 11, 2014 12:47 pm

    Nice. Glad you update the design without removing that its contenders. Keep it up and I hope NHL feels sorry and let you have some hockey soon.

  3. patsfb permalink
    October 11, 2014 12:53 pm

    the contenders designs all look really nice.

    but man… those silhouette patch windows are going to be 1x1cm by 2016 at their current rate of decay.

  4. permalink
    October 11, 2014 4:08 pm

    On the Contenders card it says “GAME 1” and Lions vs Panthers…..his 1st game was against the Bucs… Does it say something on the back about how that was his first home game and not his first actual game?

  5. October 12, 2014 5:04 pm

    Great interview and preview of the Contenders goodness to come, the one question left unanswered in that interview for me is “where can collectors get one of those sweet Panini football shirts?” Thanks Tracy!

  6. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 12, 2014 6:49 pm

    Looking good! Can’t wait to see them in person

  7. Ryan Berry permalink
    October 16, 2014 2:29 pm

    Tracy, any tentative release date for Contenders?

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