I've seen some breaks of the 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball and the cards appealed to me. I grabbed a blaster box this week and wow was I glad I did. There were seven packs of six cards each for a total of 42 cards. Each blaster box ($19.99) is guaranteed an autograph and this is where I really scored grabbing a Jayson Tatum blue foil parallel auto. Wow. I'd love to say I'm keeping it but I put it on eBay last night and it sold five minutes after I posted it - no lie. Exciting stuff though as that is a rarity.
The fronts have the standard ticket feel with a nice photo of the player and the seat (jersey#), row (height), and section (weight) of the player. I like the look though it was not something I cared for when I first saw this brand a few years back. The backs have a smaller duplicate of the front photo and a write-up that also works for me. Overall I'm very happy with the cards.
There are A, B, and C variations of some cards. I need to do more research to figure out which is which because they aren't obvious or marked differently. I did well grabbing two of the LeBron cards. Both are numbered 36.
I enjoyed my pull grabbing many stars and legends whom I really like. While this talks about draft picks it really is not heavy on rookies. I'm OK with that. I like seeing the star players on this cardboard. The legacy inserts are pretty cool showing photos of each player in their college and NBA unis. I also liked the School Colors and Game Day inserts. Really there were no fails in this box. Even without the big hit on the autograph I would have been very happy with all these cards.
42 - Total Cards
6 - Retired Greats
5 - Gameday
4 - School Colors
4 - Legacy
1 - Autograph