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The box: 2016 Topps Finest baseball cards (mini box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 22 of 100 (22 percent)
Notable players on base cards – Carlos Correa, David Ortiz, Joc Pederson, Josh Donaldson, Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper
Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Peter O’Brien
Insert cards: 7
1996 Finest Intimidators (1) – Yu Darvish
Franchise Finest (2) – Josh Donaldson, Miguel Cabrera
Refractors (2) – Evan Longoria, Maikel Franco
Blue Refractors (1) – George Springer (/150)
Purple Refractors (1) – Dellin Betances (/250)
Buyback autograph (1) – 2000 Finest John Smoltz (/20)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Much has been said about this one between its design and its non-traditional distribution, but when in-hand this year’s Finest design looks pretty solid and this mini box delivered with a buyback auto. The color of the Refractors is bold and obvious, unlike last year, and the small 100-card base set seems packed with value names. The mini-box format makes this a fast rip, so it may not be as fun for some. Perhaps that could be alleviated with a couple more insert sets? The printing and cutting on these was clean and crisp so no disappointments there. Finest has always been a higher-priced version of Chrome but this year’s version feels like one that might justify it with all of its colorful autos, printing plates and surprises like this buyback, which we want to be yours.
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Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: B
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