What’s in the Box: 2021 Panini Contenders Football

Panini Contenders Football is back! One of the most highly-anticipated products of the year returns this week. While most collectors are fully aware of what makes Contenders Football special, the 2021 release adds a few new twists that will definitely get the community’s attention. So without further ado, let’s get into what’s in the box. 

What to Expect:

  • 6 cards per pack
  • 18 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case

Season Ticket

Season Ticket, the 100-card base set, returns with its now-iconic design highlighting some of the top talents in the game. With every team represented, you could pull a legend who just hung up his cleats like Big Ben or Tom Brady, or you could hit the next generation of the elite like Justin Herbert. 

Rookie Ticket

However, we know that the headliner for Contenders has been and will always be the Rookie Ticket. Rookie Ticket shows love to the league’s newcomers. This year, we get the return of Rookie Ticket RPS and Rookie Ticket RPS Cracked Ice.

New Rookie Inserts

But there’s more, as Panini debuts two new parallels with the Rookie Ticket RPS Reverse, and a throwback to the past with the 2001 Rookie Ticket RPS


2021 Panini Contenders also features some new and fresh-look inserts as well. Playoff Ticket shows love to some of the best postseason moments in the history of the game. Gladiators honor the NFL’s veterans who have been put to the test throughout the years. Supernatural dawns one of the more unique designs dedicated to the league’s most talented QBs.


Last but not least, Panini Contenders gives us a few more avenues for chasing signature inserts with Coaches Ticket, Legendary Contenders Autographs, MVP Contenders Autographs, NFL Ink, and Sunday Ticket Signatures.

Contenders to Canton is the new insert of the crop this year as it features the greatest ever to play. The card’s unique design displays their first Contender card next to their Hall of Fame Induction image. Contenders to Canton has three variations:

  • Base #/20 or less
  • Gold #/10 or less
  • Platinum 1/1

2021 Panini Contenders Football will definitely be one of the bigger releases so far this year. Whether you’re chasing this rookie class from the legendary Rookie Ticket or getting a hold of other quality inserts for veterans and Hall of Famers, our fine sellers will have plenty for you to rip on Wednesday.

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