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The box: 2016 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: Initially only available via Walmart.
Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Ice parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 16 of 100 (16 percent)
Notables on base cards – Mookie Betts, Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson, Noah Syndergaard, Giancarlo Stanton
Rookie Cards (5) – Rob Refsnyder, Seung-hwan Oh, Aaron Nola, Hector Olivera, Kyle Schwarber
Insert cards: 16 (gallery below)
Ice parallel (2) – Miguel Cabrera, Kyle Seager
Ice Prospects parallel (2) – Sean Newcomb, Luis Ortiz
Purple parallel (1) – Miguel Cabrera (/250)
Prospects (7) – Sean Newcomb, Dillon Tate, A.J. Reed, Taylor Ward, Rafael Bautista, Harold Ramirez, Luis Ortiz
Platinum Presence (1) – Ian Happ
Bowman’s Next Generation (3) – Carlos Correa, Dominic Smith, Gregory Polanco
What’s Buzz-worthy: Bowman Platinum returns after a year off as a retail-only (Walmart-only) exclusive that’s got plenty of potential and a better look and feel than its predecessor. Autographs start at one in every 105 packs with a rainbow that includes plenty. They weren’t in this box — and this box’s names were a bit bland hence the average box/fun grade — but they are in there. (Also of note: The loose-pack boxes have two autographs guaranteed.) Between ink and inserts, there will be some strong boxes out there. … The packs only include four cards, which seems small but one could argue that helps the value to a degree making sets harder to build. … The base set has a strong look with simple touches to add to its appeal with card backs that are clean and sharp. … If you’re a prospect-leaning collector, this one will probably pull you in. If you’re just a general collector, there are some nice touches that make it worth a look.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: C
Fun Grade: C
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