Marlon Brando’s character in “On The Waterfront” laments missed opportunities looking back on his boxing career. “I could’ve been a contender” is the famous line from this movie as Brando talks about things that could have been. With this year’s explosive NFL rookie class, it’s doubtful that anyone will ever have to utter those words. A large percentage of these players are true contenders for greatness. That is a huge part of what makes 2010 Playoff Contenders Football such a great release.
Contenders Football fits nicely into our premium cards category. Each hobby box contains 24 – 5 card packs with a promise of four autographs per box. There are also plenty of inserts with die cut parallels. For 52 lucky collectors, there are Golden Ticket redemptions for immediately available cards made out of 11 grams of 14K gold. Wonka could only manage 5 Golden Tickets so eat your chocolate heart out, Willy. Lets take a look at the cards we pulled from the box.
The base cards front and back
From the inserts
Rookie Playoff Ticket
Rookie of the Year Contenders
Rookie Roll Call
Super Bowl Tickets
Our hits were
Ed Dickson and Everson Griffen Autos
John Skelton and Mardy Gilyard Autos
Demaryius Thomas Auto Variation Card
This is a familiar solid design. The players really stand out on the base cards and the rookie cards have plenty of shiny. Sometimes the autographs can get a little hidden on the rookie tickets but the cards works well for both sticker and on-card autos. The Rookie of the Year Contenders are sharp cards as are the Super Bowl Tickets. The Legendary Contenders also make for some nice cards. Do we need to say the Golden Ticket cards are amazing?
Quality and Variety of Players
The roll call for the Season Tickets cards are made up of the best the league has to offer, but you won’t be buying this product for that. This is THE release for rookies. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel when it comes to pulling this year’s rookie class. Bradford, Tebow, Matthews, Bryant, Spiller, Best, Thomas, Berry, Hernandez, Ivory. and more.
Do the Hits satisfy? Are the cards too base heavy?
This set is a mix of on-card and sticker autographs. With a promise of 4 autos, we pulled 5 total with 3 stickers and 2 on-cards, all rookies. You can pull a Super Bowl or Legendary auto and be very happy too. But most will be seeking the Rookie autos and be pleased. If you like base sets, these cards work well too.
Will you keep coming back for more?
Most rookie speculator will not stop at one box. This stuff moves by the case. With over 100 Rookie Tickets, even more variations, 25 ROY contenders and 30 Rookie ink cards, it will be hard for most not to come back for more. That’s not even taking into account those searching for a golden ticket.
4 1/2 out of 5
2010 Playoff Contenders is a no brainer for rookie speculators, but you just might have to fight it out with Veruca Salt to get your hands on a box.