What: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks baseball cards
Arrives: Oct. 4
Box basics: Six autographs per six-pack box (12 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: Panini brings Contenders back to the baseball field with an autograph in every pack and a ton of past and future MLB stars all wearing their school colors.
Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.
The Basics: These 18-card packs will include a mix of inserts and parallels with some of the first autographs from top prep and college stars in this year’s draft. There will be Draft Tickets, Prospect Tickets, International Tickets and more. There will be on-card autos for Rookie Photo Shoot, or RPS, Draft Tickets for players in the first two rounds. There also will be Cracked Ice versions limited to just 23 copies. Also in play will be base parallels that are limited — Diamond Tickets (/15), Building Blocks Tickets (/10) and Fame Tickets (/5). … The base set of Season Tickets will be just 25 cards with past and present stars. … Among the signed inserts will also be Alumni Ink, School Colors Signatures and Collegiate Connections dual autos. … These will carry a suggested retail price of $20 per pack ($120 per box).
Update (Sept. 15): Panini has released some additional info on this one. … There will be at least two on-card autos per box and that crop will include a number of first-rounders. They’ll include Royce Lewis (first overall/Minnesota), MacKenzie Gore (third, San Diego), Brendan McKay (fourth, Tampa), Kyle Wright (fifth, Atlanta), Austin Beck (Sixth, Oakland), Pavin Smith (seventh, Arizona), Adam Haseley (eighth, Philadelphia), Keston Hiura (ninth, Milwaukee), Nick Pratto (14th, Kansas City), J.B. Bukauskas (15th, Houston), Clarke Schmidt (16th, New York), Alex Faedo (18th, Detroit), D.L. Hall (21st, Baltimore), Jeren Kendall (23rd, Los Angeles), Seth Romero (25th, Washington) and Alex Lange (30th, Chicago).
Prospect autos also will include these international signees: Luis Robert (Chicago), Jelfry Marte (Minnesota), Luis Garcia (Philadelphia), Julio Rodriguez (Seattle), Ronny Mauricio (New York), Ronny Rojas (New York), Ynmanol Marinez (Miami), Adrian Hernandez (New York) and Larry Ernesto (Milwaukee), while other first-round autos in the brand will include Jake Burger (11th, Chicago), Trevor Rogers (13th, Miami), Evan White (17th, Seattle), Heliot Ramos (19th, San Francisco), David Peterson (20th, New York), Logan Warmoth (22nd, Toronto), Tanner Houck (24th, Boston) and Bubba Thompson (26th, Texas).
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