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The box: 2016 Topps baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 10 — plus one manufactured Relic pack
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 78 of 350 (22 percent)
Notable names pulled on base cards: Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera, Matt Harvey, Jose Abreu, Yasiel Puig
Rookie Cards pulled: Aaron Nola, Greg Bird, Henry Owens, Ryan Lamarre
Insert cards: 23
Back to Back (1) – Josh Donaldson & Troy Tulowitzki
Berger’s Best (3) – Nolan Ryan (1971), Ken Griffey Jr. (1989), George Brett (1990)
First Pitch (1) – Evelyn Jones
Gold parallel (1) – Liam Hendriks (/299)
Greatest Streaks (3) – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan
MLB Debut (5) – Victor Martinez, Troy Tulowitzki, Paul Goldschmidt, Mike Trout, Willie Mays
MLB Debut Medallions (1) – Cal Ripken Jr.
Perspectives (2) – Jung Ho Kang, Robinson Cano
Pressed Into Service (1) – Wade Boggs
Rainbow parallel (1) – Ryan Vogelsong
Wacky Packages (1) – St. Louis Cardinals
Walk-off Wins (1) – Allen Craig
100 Years of Wrigley Field (2) – Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber
What’s Buzz-worthy: The hobby’s longest-running MLB brand returns for its 65th anniversary with a heavy array of insert cards, high-end hits at long odds, buyback cards and plenty of potential. The non-traditional design is one that perhaps looks better in-person than on-screen with the design really one that makes the parallels shine. The cards also seem sturdier and glossier than last year’s colorful release. There’s plenty of history and plenty of modern-day highlights in this one, too. Overall, it looks like there’s plenty in this one that a collector can have fun with — First Pitch celebrity cards, the 100 Years of Wrigley and Pressed Into Service and Perspectives. Buzz’s box seemed a bit dry on bigger names in the base set and inserts but there’s plenty of potential in 2016 Topps. There should be even more to look forward to in Series 2.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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