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The box: 2011 Topps football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 10 (plus one manufactured Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 81
Base set completion: 67 of 440 (15 percent)
Notable players found on base cards: Peyton Manning, Dez Bryant, Patrick Willis
Rookie Cards (16) – Notables include A.J. Green, Blaine Gabbert, Randall Cobb, Patrick Peterson
Insert cards: 14
1950 Bowman (4) – DeAngelo Williams, Jeremy Shockey, Bilal Powell, Jordan Todman
End Zone Icons (1) – Mike Thomas (manufactured Relic)
Gold parallel (1) – Cincinnati Bengals (/2,011)
Faces of the Franchise (3) – Cam Newton & DeAngelo Williams, Blaine Gabbert & Maurice Jones-Drew, Ben Roethlisberger & Troy Polamalu
Gameday (2) – Drew Brees, Julio Jones
Super Bowl Legends (1) – Ray Lewis
Topps Town (2) – Joe Flacco, Michael Vick
What’s Buzz-worthy: The list of notable stars and rookies should tell you how this box went — both lists were quite short — but the potential rookies in this one made it a must-buy when Buzz found it in a discount bin for $11.99. Cam Newton, J.J. Watt, A.J. Green, Colin Caepernick, DeMarco Murray, Mark Ingram and Von Miller are all on the Rookie Card checklist but most weren’t found here. This box also should be a good example of how much the world of football cards can change in five years — in both who’s hot and who’s making cards now. … This is a clean and crisp design that holds up well, while some of the top rookies have delivered. … If you land a variation or a high-end hit in a hobby box you’ll have some fun — and at worst you’ll have plenty of cardboard. Neither were found here, though technically it over-delivered on the odds. You’ll probably find better years and you’ll probably find worse years, but this particular box probably didn’t offer much of a glimpse either direction.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: C-
Fun Grade: B-
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