Buzz Break Battle: 2015 Panini Alabama football vs. 2015 Panini Ohio State football (blaster boxes)

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The boxes: 2015 Panini Alabama Crimson Tide football cards vs. 2015 Panini Ohio State Buckeyes football cards (blaster boxes)
Where to buy: 
Check Panini’s webstore for NCAA cards from 2015-16.

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 63 of 80 (79 percent)
Duplicates: 12

Notables on base cards – Big Al, DeMeco Ryans, Eddie Lacy, Latrell Sprewell, Joe Namath, John Hannah, Julio Jones, Mo Williams, Mark Ingram, Robert Horry, Ozzie Newsome, A.J. McCarron, Amari Cooper, Antonio McDyess

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 49 of 49 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 27

Notables on base cards – Brutus Buckeye, D’Angelo Russell, Cris Carter, Evan Turner, James Laurinaitis, Jim Jackson, Paul Warfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ted Ginn Jr., A.J. Hawk


Insert/short-print cards: 4 (see more in gallery below)
Silver parallel (2) – Mo Williams, Jerrell Harris
Honors (1) – A.J. McCarron
Honors Silver (1) – A.J. McCarron (/99)


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Crimson Tide Memorabilia (1) – Amari Cooper


Insert/short-print cards: 3 (see more in gallery below)
Silver parallel (2) – Evan Spencer, Corey Linsley
Honors (1) – A.J. Hawk


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Buckeyes Autographs (1) – Michael Bennett

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Fun Grade: B

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Fun Grade: C+

What’s Buzz-worthy: This year’s top two college teams in the rankings face off here on cardboard via these $20 boxes and, well, it’s not an easy comparison and it’s one that’s curious at times. … Ohio State has plenty of football history, but this smaller set is loaded with more recent gridiron players in a set that doesn’t include any former Buckeyes baseball players like Frank Howard or Nick Swisher or even legendary football names such as Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Chris Spielman, Orlando Pace, Vic Janowicz or Howard Cassady. … Alabama counters with a larger set and includes stars from the three major sports with the likes of Joe Namath, Eddie Lacy, Latrell Sprewell, John Hannah, Julio Jones, Robert Horry, Ozzie Newsome, Amari Cooper and plenty more along with a crop of younger, more current players. … Neither set includes any iconic coaches (you can probably think of a few for these schools) and each could easily include many more iconic players who went on to successful pro careers after big college successes. … Each blaster box includes either one autograph or memorabilia card — we saw one of each type here — along with a pair of parallels and an insert. Alabama delivered slightly more with a parallel of an insert, too. … The Alabama set includes three memorabilia cards and 12 autos on its checklist, while the Ohio State set includes five memorabilia cards and eight autos. The edge there probably goes to Alabama with the depth and names like A.J. McCarron, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon on the auto checklist.

So … who wins overall with these boxes? Alabama delivered better name value, while Ohio State delivered the full set. The Crimson Tide set just feels closer to comprehensive, though both could easily be updated to add a second series. These were both part of the first wave of college releases in 2015 and more schools were recently released, though none have yet had a second wave. On cardboard, the Crimson Tide wins.

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