Buzz Break: 2016-17 Panini Prizm basketball cards (blaster box)


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russell-westbrook-prizmThe box: 2016-17 Panini Prizm basketball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for hobby jumbo)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
18 of 300 (6 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas, Kenneth Faried

Rookie Cards (3) — Domantas Sabonis, Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot, Malachi Richardson


Insert/short-print cards: 5 (gallery below)
All Day (1) – Dirk Nowitzki
Go Hard or Go Home (1) – Anthony Davis
Prizm parallel (2) – Chris McCullough, Trey Lyles
Green Prizm parallel (1) – Nenê Hilário


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Jerseys (1) 
– Chinanu Onuaku

What’s Buzz-worthy: Panini America’s Prizm brand is a bit of a mainstay for NBA fans with an appealing parallel rainbow and high-dollar potential. Blaster boxes guarantee an autograph or memorabilia card every time and this one included a D-Leaguer who’s actually playing pretty well but not much else in the base set or RCs other than a Russell Westbrook. (Part of that is inevitably there being just three base cards per pack and a 300-card set) The inserts had some names but overall this box just felt very flat. I’m not sure what I had expected, but it just felt like this box didn’t deliver enough. The lesson here? A hobby box will deliver more, so that’s probably the way to go if you’re sold on the Prizm rainbow. If not, give it a try via a blaster — this one has the potential to surprise you.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: C

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