Amid considerable pomp and circumstance, Panini America returned the fabled Contenders Basketball brand to the market last season for the first time since 2012-13. And based on overwhelming collector acceptance, it became abundantly clear that it would be more than just a one-year return. And so bolstered by another stacked rookie class, Contenders Basketball will be back in full force when the 2018-19 edition arrives in late December.