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The box: 2016 Topps Bunt baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 252
Base set completion: 200 of 200 (100 percent)
Rookie Cards (21) – Aledmys Diaz, Corey Seager, Blake Snell, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Aaron Nola, Trevor Story, Jose Berrios, Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano, Luis Severino, Julio Urias, Stephen Piscotty, Peter O’Brien, Jon Gray, Michael Conforto, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Byung-Ho Park, Jose Peraza, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara.
Bunt Loot Pack card (12) – Each good for one 10-card pack on Topps Bunt app.
Platinum parallel (1) – Nelson Cruz (/99)
Future of the Franchise (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Luis Severino, Hector Olivera
Lightforce (4) – Dellin Betances, Jake Arrieta, Bernie Williams, Eric Hosmer
Programs (6) – Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, James Shields, Yoenis Cespedes, Carlos Gonzalez
Unique Unis (5) – Mike Trout, Marcell Ozuna, Alex Gordon, Nomar Garciaparra, Shin-So0 Choo
What’s Buzz-worthy: The first Topps product that’s an extension of a card app is a bit of a surprise in its star power — this base set is loaded with big names from the past and present. That’s perhaps to draw in new and past collectors who discover baseball cards once again with an added twist of the digital pack code cards. That’s an important thing for the hobby and the price here ($1 a pack) also helps fans enter the game with a set that is simple and entertaining in that simplicity. This also seems like a set that collectors who want simplicity will appreciate. … This box contained one serial-numbered parallel and 30 other inserts to go with a full base set and some dupes. All in all, it was a decent little rip for a collector and it had many rookies of note. Check out the card backs on the Unique Unis and Programs inserts for some good designs. … The code cards do have expiration dates so keep that in mind if you’re buying for those. … There are a number of insert cards in this one that are very tough pulls — so tough there should be strong demand. … For the full Bunt experience, Buzz entered the codes from the 12 Loot cards and that’s where this one got even more entertaining. The digital packs have base cards the same as this unique brand and the inserts flow pretty easily — arguably easier than in the base packs. Sometimes you’ll even see inserts you didn’t get in physical packs, which adds to the interesting simplicity that is Topps Bunt. It’s cheap, it’s fun and it’s a winner.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B+
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