2011-12 Panini Contenders box break

2011-12 Panini Contenders BoxPanini is a company that I generally like, but truth be told I haven’t really cared for many of their products from this season or last season. It’s like they try really hard, but in the end they do a few things I dislike (glossy parallels in Score, making Ice Kings really hard to get, no updates for many of their sets, and so forth). So I am generally cautious when buying any of their hockey cards.

But then I saw this box of 2011-12 Panini Contenders at a local card shop. On the box it said “Three Autographs Per Box”. I haven’t opened anything in a while, i like getting autographed cards and I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.

The box had 18 packs, and each pack had 5 cards. Here is what I got:

83 Base Cards

2011-12 Panini Contenders #33 - Zdeno Chara

I’m not sure how I feel about the design. It is kind of neat to put everything at the bottom in a “capsule,” but is the conference logo really necessary. This would be a great layout for a CCG (collectible card game) type set like Adrenalyn. One nice thing is that I did not get any doubles.

1 Calder Contenders

2011-12 Panini Contenders #189 - Harri SateriHarri Sateri was a backup goalie for the Sharks this season for at least one game, but didn’t actually get into a game. Sorry if I can’t get too excited about this “Calder Contender.” This insert is limited to 999 copies.

 2 Cup Contenders

2011-12 Panini Contenders #116 - Scott Gomez2011-12 Panini Contenders #123 - Ilya BryzgalovThese “Cup Contenders” cards are also limited to 999 copies. Personally, I would have enjoyed getting a few more rookie cards instead.


First I pulled a redemption card for a Brett Bulmer autograph? This surprised me a bit, since Contenders was released late in the season.

2011-12 Panini Contenders #238 - Colin GreeningThen I got this hard signed card of Colin Greening. I guess there are signed and unsigned versions of the “Calder Contenders” rookie cards, but I am not sure.

2011-12 Panini Contenders - Matt Read autographNext up was this autographed card of Matt Read, which is part of an insert set called NHL INK.

So, those were my three autographs.

I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, I would beat the odds and get a fourth signed card.

And I did:

2011-12 Panini Contenders #260 - Zack KassianZack Kassian was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, but traded to the Vancouver Canucks late in the season.

So, I ended with 3 autographed cards, a promissory note for a 4th one, and 83% of a base set. If anyone else has some base cards for trade, let me know. I’d like to get the last 17 cards I need to finish this base set–see my Want List.

Likewise, the Sateri, Bryzgalov and Gomez short prints are for trade.

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Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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