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The box: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 18 of 165 (11 percent)
Notables on base cards – Alex Rodriguez (DK), Albert Pujols (DK), Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw
Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano, Michael Conforto (all Rated Rookies)
Insert cards: 12 (gallery below)
The Rookies (1) – Miguel Sano
Illusion (1) – Johnny Cueto
Holo (4) – Jason Heyward, Luis Severino (RR), Aroldis Chapman, Michael Brantley (DK)
Pink (6) – Albert Pujols, Billy Burns (DK), Trea Turner (RR), Ryan Braun, Adrian Beltre, Andrelton Simmons
What’s Buzz-worthy: Believe it or not, this was Buzz’s first rip into Optic as it had eluded me in the months since release — and this blaster was surprisingly fun with key names and a good mix of inserts, parallels and subsets that led me to want to rip more. … Blasters are quite small and a literal sampling of what will be found in hobby with two autographs per box there. This one’s highlights are the blaster-only Pink parallels for sure. The stock here is clean and sturdy and the Optichrome touches just make a fun Donruss set look even sharper. … The autos on the hobby side can be some real lookers with 1980s Donruss designs used, so if you started from that era and want to see something new that won’t break the bank a hobby box of this one is definitely worth a look.
Product Grade: B+
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: A-
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