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The box: 2016 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 77
Base set completion: 66 of 200 (33 percent)
Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Addison Russell, Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve, Joc Pederson, Carlos Rodon, David Ortiz
Rookie Cards (10) – Corey Seager, Aaron Nola, Stephen Piscotty, Michael Reed, Max Kepler, Luke Jackson, Trea Turner, Brian Johnson, Frankie Montas, Carl Edwards Jr.
Insert cards: 13
Alternate Reality (2) – Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant
Blue parallel (1) – Ruben Tejada
Bubble Trouble (1) – Chris Archer
Heavy Hitters (2) – Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Sano
Mascots (2) – Billy The Marlin, Swinging Friar
Striking Distance (2) – Mark Teixeira, Albert Pujols
Superstar Celebrations (3) – Wilmer Flores, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Kinsler
What’s Buzz-worthy: Opening Day is too often labeled as a kids product but, simply put, this is a collector product. Even in retail blaster boxes there are autographs, there are printing plates, 1/1 parallels, Relics, variations to chase and plenty of inserts. This box was just $9.99 — and it’s not that flashy — so based on this one box at least it might be more fun to rip a hobby box. Either way, you can chase unique hits that include mascot autographs, big autographs of guys like Kris Bryant and other names that have potential. … Among the interesting inserts here is Bubble Trouble — a set focusing on bubble gum — and a card found only one in 36 packs. … This box seemed dull based on its player selection among the inserts save for the Bryant-Cornea combo in the Alternate Reality set. … About the only drawback here generally speaking is the thin stock, otherwise this is a set that can be built master-style without breaking the bank. If you can give this one a try with a hobby box, go for it — but for the price a blaster box just might be fun, too.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: A
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