Buzz Break: 2016 SAGE HIT High Series football cards (blaster box)


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s-l500The box: 2016 SAGE HIT High Series football (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box:
 15 (14 standard plus one auto/premium pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 65
Base set completion: 
45 of 75 (60 percent)
Duplicates: 12
Triplicates: 1


Insert cards: 4 (see more in gallery below)
Premium Portrait (2) – Ezekiel Elliott, Jordan Howard
Artistry (2) – Brandon Allen, Jonathan Williams


Autographs/Memorabilia: 3
Autographs (1) – 
Miles Killebrew
Red Autographs (2) – 
Ammon Olsen, Vadal Alexander

What’s Buzz-worthy: Buzz found this box in the discount bin at a big-box store for $12 — down from its original $20 price — which was appealing enough considering there were three autographs found inside. At a discounted price, it’s worth a rip if you’re a football collector who wants to hunt ink that you probably won’t find elsewhere — and if you get lucky you might find an auto of Jared Goff, Dak Prescott and Paxton Lynch along with a few others. Then, you’ll also find guys that just don’t have ink elsewhere. The autos carry by far the best design in the product, though it doesn’t hurt if you get an Ezekiel Elliott Premium Portrait like this box had. At the beginning of the season, there would have been some added demand for the Elliott — and there still could be with the Rookie of the Year in the bag and MVP chatter in the mix. The base set here isn’t poorly done, but it’s very simple — and the limitations of licensing and photography are tough to fight no matter what. The number of dupes and even a triplicate weren’t a plus, either, with the set being as small as it is. A fan of the college game should be able to find pluses here — and it’s not bad when it’s at a discounted price, either.

Product Grade: C+
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: C

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