Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2018-19 Panini Contenders Basketball (2 Packs)

 I always look for any cards in the Contenders family so I was happy to see the 2018-2019 Contenders basketball on the shelves.  Not my first look at these as I had the Portland Trail Blazers in a case break earlier this month.  
I do like the looks of these cards with a few exceptions.  I like the exaggerated team logo even if it takes up a bit much of the card front.  The photos are on blank backgrounds and seem a bit bland or leaves the photo hanging as opposed to the 2017-2018 Contenders basketball which had a nice muted background behind the photo.
Feels like Vince carter is as old as David Robinson.  He is the only Hawk I pulled.  Ironically I pulled all of the Trail Blazers of whom I already have 13 team sets from this product thanks to the case break I participated in - now I have 14.  That Aldridge is one of the two green parallels though the scan doesn't show it at all.
That Playing the Numbers Game card is much nicer in hand.  Marvin Bagley III is one of the young guys Sacramento is hoping to build a future contender around.  He's averaging 12 points and 6 boards a game in his rookie season at power forward.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more variety among the inserts.  Hopefully with more packs I'll get a look at the other insert sets. 

A great Giannis Antetokounmpo card.

44 - Total Cards (2 packs)
2 - Winning Tickets
2 - Lottery Ticket
2 - Green Parallel
2 - Playing the Numbers Game
1 - Retired Great 


  1. The Lottery Ticket inserts are cool. It'd be pretty cool if a card company made some sort of scratch off lottery ticket insert where people could win prizes.

    1. I'm surprised no one has thought about that.

  2. I often like Contenders (except the all college sets). I also like team logos, but it would be nicer if the player were in front of the logo not behind it. It seems like they wanted the logo to take up half of the card front.

  3. Seems like they could have kept the same design elements and tweaked them just a bit to make it even that much better.