Buzz Break: Panini Country Music trading cards (retail box)

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Panini-Country-Kimberly-PerryThe box: Panini Country Music trading cards (retail box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 45

Base cards of notables – Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, Kimberly Perry, Sara Evans, Alabama, Big & Rich, Trick Pony, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wynona Judd

Panini-Country-john-rich-pickInsert cards: 46
The Pick Collection (1) – John Rich
Award Winners (4) – Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, Lauren Alaina, Chris Young 
Award Winners Green (4) – 
Jana Kramer, Joe Diffie, Montgomery Gentry, Alabama
Backstage Pass (4) – 
Brantley Gilbert, David Nail, Colt Ford, Ashley Monroe
Backstage Pass Green (4) – 
LeAnn Rimes, David Nail, Colt Ford, Ashley Monroe
Fresh Faces (4) – 
Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina, Jerrod Niemann
Panini-Country-Fresh-Faces-GreenFresh Faces Green (4) 
– Jon Jones, Dustin Lynch, Lauren Alaina, Jerrod Niemann
Green base parallel (4) – Gretchen Wilson, Joe Nichols, John Rich, Colt Ford
Instrumental (4) – Jeff Cook, Terri Clark, Pat Green, Jon Pardi
Instrumental Green (4) – 
Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Keifer Thompson, Gretchen Wilson
Top of the Charts (4) – 
Terri Clark, Florida Georgia Line, Gretchen Wilson, Joe Nichols
Top of the Charts Green (4) – 
Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, Joe Diffie, Florida Georgia Line
Top of the Charts Purple (1) – 
Joe Diffie (/99)

Panini-Country-brantley-gilbertAutographs/Memorabilia: 1
Musician Materials Green (1) – Brantley Gilbert (/49)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This release is a landmark one for the genre of country music in the “hits” era of the hobby. There have been other sets for the genre — but not with autographs and memorabilia cards. The hobby boxes have four packs with a hit in each, while these retail boxes have plenty of base (enough to build a set and a half) and two hits. Sometimes there are autographs and memorabilia cards inside these boxes, while some will have a retail-only Pick Collection card that has an embedded window to look like a pick (manufactured relic). … Green parallels are retail-only finds and this box was chock-full of them, including the hit. … For those who don’t know, there are even bigger names (not in base set) on autographs, including Miranda Lambert, who continues to sell very, very well on eBay along with others. There are some big autos to be had in this release and the photography and design are strong — strong enough that people who don’t follow country music might dig in to find some of the bigger-name autographs. That’s a lineup that, besides Lambert, includes Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, Kimberly Perry, Sara Evans, Terri Clark, Wynona Judd and many dual-, triple and quad-auto cards. At its prices now, this one’s worth a look. 

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
 C (parallels of inserts in this box were quite repetitive here)
Fun Grade: B

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