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The box: 2016 Cryptozoic The Vampire Diaries Season 4
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 114
Base set completion: 72 of 72 (100 percent)
Insert cards: 35
Portraits (10) – Elena Gilbert, Stefan Salvatore, Damon Salvatore, Jeremy Gilbert, Bonnie Gilbert, Bonnie Bennett (2), Matt Donovan, Caroline Forbes, Tyler Lockwood, Niklaus Mikaelsson
Portraits foil (1) – Niklaus Mikaelsson
Studio (10) – Elena Gilbert, Stefan Salvatore, Damon Salvatore, Jeremy Gilbert, Bonnie Gilbert, Bonnie Bennett, Matt Donovan, Caroline Forbes (2), Tyler Lockwood, Klaus Mikaelsson
Trio puzzle (9) – completed puzzle
Trio puzzle foil (1) – No. H8
Foil parallel (4) – What’s the Plan?, Into the Light, Targets Sighted, I’m OK You’re OK
Autographs (1) – John Gabriel Rodriguez as Massak
Wardrobe (1) – Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert
Dual Wardrobe (1) – Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood & Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert
What’s Buzz-worthy: Each box of this one typically includes just one auto and one memorabilia card but this one included a rarer (1:96) dual memorabilia, too, securing a solid grade. The base set was built easily as were a trio of insert sets. (The only ones not completed are the foil parallels and the hits.) Generally speaking this one is crisply produced and printed, though some of the dark-bordered inserts do seem prone to showing damage easily. … The foil parallels are much easier to find here and are much more obvious than other releases, which is a plus and the only types of cards we didn’t find were the 1/1 printing plates and the Triple Wardrobe cards, which are limited to one 25 copies. That reinforces that this is a strong box, though Buzz will admit to not having seen the show to know who’s who. (This one is strong in its variety of what’s found and its completeness for sure.) Extra trivia for those like me not familiar with the show? McQueen is the grandson of the famed action star. If you like the show, this one’s inclusions should excite you.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: A-
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