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Old 10-05-2011, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2011 Contenders Design to be Revealed Today!!

Just read on their Facebook page that previews of the product will be posted today. I'll try to grab some links & scans to post in this thread. I have to admit I'm a little nervous about the design. It could make or break my hobby year, since I haven't busted anything yet and planned on mostly Topps Chrome and Contenders to satisfy the need to bust. I've been emailing/posting on Panini's blog, twitter and facebook for the past 3 months about a sneak peek. Can't wait.

Once the pics are revealed, I'd love to hear feedback from the BO community.

More to come soon...
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm looking forward to this too. I absolutely LOVED 2008 Contenders, one of my favorite designs in many years. In 2009, I wasn't impressed. The design was too busy, and I don't like horizontal base cards. 2010 was a return to form, I really enjoyed the base design, and you just can't beat on-card autos.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Contenders is my favorite product every year. As far as design, I usually like it.

2010: Great design going back to their roots.

2009: Nice but a little busy.

2008: Too dark and the sticker autos don't show up well.

2007: Nice, colorful design but again a tad busy.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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2010 was a great design, even though it would have been 10x better without the foil. 2009 was a train wreck. 2008 would have been amazing if it didnt say "ROOKIE" in huge letters emblazoned across the player.

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Contenders is my favorite product every year. As far as design, I usually like it.

2010: Great design going back to their roots.

2009: Nice but a little busy.

2008: Too dark and the sticker autos don't show up well.

2007: Nice, colorful design but again a tad busy.
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they delayed the release of pics till tomorrow
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I hope it looks nothing like their baseball design. Ick.
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I hope it looks nothing like their baseball design. Ick.
If this is the design you're referencing, I actually wouldn't mind that. I'd like if the player's head/arms broke the border like his head does. Obviously that fugly yellow Panini logo would need to go!!! If they used a field in the background inplace of that woodgrain, or better yet a pigskin texture like UD Ovation did I'd be ok with that. I think part of the reason this baseball look so incredibly bad is just the lack of MLB license. I wouldn't LOVE it, but it could be worse...

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If this is the design you're referencing, I actually wouldn't mind that. I'd like if the player's head/arms broke the border like his head does. Obviously that fugly yellow Panini logo would need to go!!! If they used a field in the background inplace of that woodgrain, or better yet a pigskin texture like UD Ovation did I'd be ok with that. I think part of the reason this baseball look so incredibly bad is just the lack of MLB license. I wouldn't LOVE it, but it could be worse...

Reminds me too much of the 1987 Topps Baseball set.
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Old 10-06-2011, 07:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Can't wait to get my hands on a Cammy Cam contenders RC
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:31 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Pics were delayed until this afternoon, but I'll post them ASAP.

This might be a spoiler, but there's a decent chance they might look similar to 2011 Hockey Contenders.
SPOILER ALERT? 2011 Hockey Contenders

We'll see.
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I'd like them if they look like the hockey ones. Lots of nice, clean, non busy area for the sigs!
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Pics were delayed until this afternoon, but I'll post them ASAP.

This might be a spoiler, but there's a decent chance they might look similar to 2011 Hockey Contenders.
SPOILER ALERT? 2011 Hockey Contenders

We'll see.
I don't know. I think the 2010-11 Hockey Tickets look a lot like the 2010 Contenders with the big ticket designs on the front.



I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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2010-11 hockey is a take off of 2010 football, not 2011 football. There will be a new design today.

As long as there is not manu-patches like the hideous cards for basketball, there is at least a shot that it could be good. Their track record has been less than mediocre this year so far.
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OH NO, it's worse than I thought!!! AArrrrgh!!!


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Just kidding, it still hasn't been released.
But I did post this on their facebook page. Hopefully this will help them rush along.
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OH NO, it's worse than I thought!!! AArrrrgh!!!


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Just kidding, it still hasn't been released.
But I did post this on their facebook page. Hopefully this will help them rush along.
bad photoshop, almost had me going though! lol
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bad photoshop, almost had me going though! lol
It was supposed to be bad
That way it would enhance the realism of it.

Horizontal and vertical elements on the front = check
Semi-hidden auto = check
Smallest photo possible = check
Fear of 'empty' whitespace = check

* not bad for a 10 min job though, lol
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OH NO, it's worse than I thought!!! AArrrrgh!!!


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Just kidding, it still hasn't been released.
But I did post this on their facebook page. Hopefully this will help them rush along.

I got very scared after seeing that pic...
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It was supposed to be bad
That way it would enhance the realism of it.

Horizontal and vertical elements on the front = check
Semi-hidden auto = check
Smallest photo possible = check
Fear of 'empty' whitespace = check

* not bad for a 10 min job though, lol
That's all a typical Panini design anyway. Make it look awful to everyone outside the company, then it can be released lol.

But your PS design did scare me for a minute
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LOL, just playin guys. I really do hope the new design is NOTHING like my mock up.
I give Panini a lot of grief about some of their designs, but hopefully Contenders pulls through as a giant winner.

I'm really excited about it, that's for sure.
REAL photos to follow, or just check out their blog.

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They released the look of Plates and Patches football and OMG its UGLY! Who is on the creative team over there? A kindergarderner?

Has anyone seen SPA football? It is ugly as sin! Last years was nice other then the tiny window for the patches.
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They released the look of Plates and Patches football and OMG its UGLY! Who is on the creative team over there? A kindergarderner?

Has anyone seen SPA football? It is ugly as sin! Last years was nice other then the tiny window for the patches.
I haven't seen P&P, but SPA was honestly looking beyond bad and not even close to ANY version of theirs in the past. I was actually really upset to see those. Even if they had their license those designs would doom the product.

Did you happen to see those custom SPA's that looked AMAZING!!!?
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Topps is KILLING Panini and UD in every facet of the game, and product design is #1 on the list.
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What a fail. I loved last year's design. This year is blah.
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What a fail. I loved last year's design. This year is blah.


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