First Buzz: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards

2016-panini-Contenders-draft-picks-basketball-2What: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards
Arrives: Oct. 5
Box basics: Five autographs per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The stars of the college game get their first runs on cardboard here with a mix of the top names for the upcoming season as well as looks back at NBA stars in their school colors.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

2016-panini-Contenders-draft-picks-basketball-6The Basics: 
The second season of college Contenders will include plenty of inserts in hobby boxes — 24 Class Reunion cards, 24 College Connections, 24 Game Day Tickets, 24 School Colors and 24 Oldschool Colors. … There will be autographed versions of inserts as well as the ticket autos that are the norm with the brand. International Tickets will return for players born outside the U.S. with autographed parallels limited to anywhere from 99 copies down to just one. … Alumni Ink will spotlight top names, while Collegiate Connections will pair past teammates in this year’s rookie crop. … Nearly 90 players will have College Ticket cards with autos, Draft Ticket (/99), Playoff Ticket (/15) and Championship Ticket (/1) parallels. There also will be printing plates.

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