Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Playoff football cards (blaster box)

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s-l1600The box: 2016 Panini Playoff football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 56
Base set completion: 39 of 200 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Cam Newton, Kurt Warner, Ray Lewis, Dan Marino, Cris Carter, Marcus Allen, Terry Bradshaw

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Insert & short-prints: 16 (more images in gallery below)
Rookie Cards (7) – William Jackson III, Kevin Hogan, DeMarcus Robinson, Jeff Driskel, Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Hassan Ridgeway
Pennants (1) – Carson Palmer
Boss Hoggs (2) – Carlos Hyde, Todd Gurley III
Air Command (2) – Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers
Thunder & Lightning (1) – Blake Bortles & Allen Robinson
First Down parallel (1) – Cam Newton (/99)
Star Gazing (1) – Blake Bortles
Class Reunion (1) – Jerry Rice & Andre Reed

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Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Signatures (1) – Seth DeValve (/199)

What’s Buzz-worthy: On the hobby side, this one is an affordable brand that can deliver pretty well (one auto and one memorabilia card every time) and this box delivered similarly with ink but no mem. … The base set’s player inclusions here were very dry but the design is crisp and simple and the backs are informative and energetic. The 200 standard cards are capped by some retired greats before one-per-pack Rookie Cards cap it to make a 300-card extended set. … The inserts are pretty strong here with plenty of familiar names from the past but without it feeling like a low-end set (though it’s closer to that than high-end). The parallels are simple — based on downs — for both base cards and inserts, while the pennant card is something different (and a nod to earlier Playoff sets) but felt a little out of place. With an auto this box was pretty strong in its collectable feel. Without it, it might seem pretty bland. (The boxes do not note any guaranteed hits.) Once you tear into packs, though, this one feels pretty good. A hobby box should be worth a try.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
 B+
Fun Grade: A

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