Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Elite football cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2016 Donruss Elite football cards (hobby box)
2016-elite-barry-sandersWhere to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
78 of 100 (78 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards – Todd Gurley, Jerry Rice, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Emmitt Smith, Bo Jackson, Joe Montana, Cam Newton, Troy Aikman, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant, Joe Namath, J.J. Watt, Eli Manning, John Elway, Barry Sanders.

Insert cards: 19

Elite Rookies (short-print) (3) – Shilique Calhoun, Nate Sudfeld, Josh Doctson
Black parallel (3) – Jaylon Smith (RC), Rob Gronkowski, Allen Robinson (/199)
Teal parallel (2) – William Jackson (RC), Jonathan Stewart (/75)
Red parallel (1) – DeMarcus Ayers (RC) (/49)
Etched in Time (3) – Steve Young, Jerome Bettis, Michael Irvin
Lineage Red (1) – Roger Staubach & Tony Romo (/49)
Game Face (1) – Tom Brady
Home Field Advantage (1) – Aaron Rodgers
Elitest (1) – Andrew Luck
Greatest Hits (1) – Lawrence Taylor
Rookie Aspirations (1) – Christian Hackenberg
Field Vision Orange (1) – Aaron Rodgers (/10)


Autographs/Memorabilia: 3
Pen Pals (1) – 
Hunter Henry
Elite Rookie Autographs (1) – 
A’Shawn Robinson (/99)
Throwback Threads (1) 
– Ronnie Lott (/299)

What’s Buzz-worthy: After a year off, Elite is back with a revamped look that feels crisper and cleaner with a perfect array of parallels, diecut inserts, holofoil designs, etched foilboard, autographs and memorabilia cards. … Every box includes two autos and one memorabilia card and one is a Pen Pals auto. This box’s was Chargers second-round pick Hunter Henry but there are plenty of big names possible there, including multi-player autos — and all are signed on-card. … This one is a tad complicated with parallels all over the place but the EPIX-inspired textures on the base parallels are tied to the color of the parallel — so it could be worse. … The checklist has a mix of past guys as well as current guys, which is a big plus when it comes to make sure there’s star power on many cards. … The Game Face and Home Field Advantage inserts are definite highlights and this box delivered very well in terms of names among the inserts. A couple of rare parallels among them made it even better. This box’s hits could have been stronger on the ink side, but, all in all, this was still a fun break that delivered pretty well. 

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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