Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football (blaster box)

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2016-panini-contenders-draft-mariotaThe box: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 
8 of 100 (8 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards: Travis Benjamin, Amari Cooper, Cam Newton, DeAndre Hopkins, Drew Brees, Larry Fitzgerald, Kam Chancellor, Marcus Mariota (small box so all cards are listed)

2016-panini-contenders-draft-derrick-henryInsert cards: 32

Collegiate Connections (1) – Tim Tebow & Emmitt Smith
Class Reunion (1) – Julio Jones
2016-panini-contenders-draft-goffGame Day (14) – De’Runnya Wilson, Michael Thomas, Sterling Shepard, Nick Vannett, Braxton Miller, Nelson Spruce, Laquon Treadwell, Devon Johnson, DeMarcus Robinson, Cardale Jones, Josh Doctson, Jared Goff, Mekale KcKay, Jordan Williams
Oldschool Colors (7) – Amari Cooper, Dez Bryant, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Adrian Peterson, Andy Dalton, Devonta Freeman
Passing Grades (1) – Christian Hackenberg
Rush Week (1) – Kenneth Dixon
School Colors (7) – Derrick Henry, Pharaoh Cooper, Christian Hackenberg, Tyler Boyd, DeMarcus Robinson, Dak Prescott, Paxton Lynch

2016-panini-contenders-draft-auto1Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
College Ticket Autographs (1)
 – Kenny Clark
Red College Draft Ticket Autographs (1) – Kolby Listenbee

What’s Buzz-worthy: The insert-heavy formula that began with the first edition of Contenders Draft Picks is back — and Buzz loves it once again. It’s not that many of these cards will be all that super-expensive months from now (the short-printed autos will be), but two autographs for less than $20 and a boatload of inserts is fun. There’s nothing but college colors inside — for current NFL players and future NFL Draft picks. … This one’s for the college collector and the guys who want the first cards of the new crop of college prospects who’ll have NFL Rookie Cards soon enough. … The only drawback here (hence the A-) is that there are no basic cards for the rookies except for their autographs — those are numbered part of the extended base set. … Hobby box breakers will find five autographs per box, but this is a way for collectors to chase ink on the cheap. Plus there are likely to be short-prints and the red is likely a Target-only parallel. (Last year, Walmart had blue, Target had red.)

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

>> Get the 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football card checklist here.

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