It’s quite ironic, really, that one of the NFL’s most iconic trading card releases year in and year out bears the name “Contenders.” After all, it’s so much more than a contender every single year. It’s more like a trading card champion, an immediate Product of the Year front-runner packing landmark Rookie Ticket autographed Rookie Cards, variations, short prints and a compelling array of inserts honoring the game’s greatest superstars, veterans and young stars.
And so it is with the highly anticipated 2016 Contenders Football, which has been quality controlled, packed out and is on its way to hobby shops across North America. The product officially goes live on Friday and in anticipation of that monumental day, we’re bringing you a deep dive into this year’s edition with a must-see Quality Control Gallery.
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