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The box: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 66 of 96 (69 percent)
Inserts/short-prints: 121 (gallery below)
Gameday (24) – Complete 20-card set with four dupes. Notables include Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray, Marquese Chriss.
Class Reunion (24) – Complete 20-card set with four dupes. Notables include Simmons, Ingram, Hield, Murray, Chriss.
Collegiate Connections (24) – Complete 20-card set with four dupes. Notables include Simmons, Ingram, Hield, Murray, Chriss.
School Colors (24) – Complete 20-card set with four dupes. Notables include Simmons, Ingram, Hield, Murray, Chriss.
Old School Colors (24) – Complete 19-card set with five dupes. Notables include Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving
Draft Ticket (1) – Gordon Hayward (/99)
College Ticket Autographs (4) – DeAndre’ Bembry, Anthony Barber, Alex Poythress, Demetrius Jackson
Playoff Ticket (1) – Henry Ellenson (/15)
What’s Buzz-worthy: The Contenders college model continues here with a small base set and a number of insert sets that are all heavily weaved into packs where base cards are outnumbered. The only set that wasn’t completed in this box was the base set, which was surprising but should have been expected if one looks at the pack breakdown and set sizes before ripping. The inclusion of five autos per box is a good thing and this box made that one better with a very rare Playoff Ticket auto. The variety of the designs — and the fact that some of them are relatively non-traditional — are a plus here and make for an easily collected master set save for parallels. That won’t necessarily help the value but it does help the collectability of a brand that can appeal to beginners and college fans. Overall, it’s a pretty tight and small product with the real challenges being the parallels and autographs, which gives those chasing hits plenty to choose from, too.
Product Grade: B+
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: A
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