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

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s-l500The box: 2016-17 Donruss basketball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 11
Cards in this box: 110
Base set completion: 99 of 200 (50 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis, Kahlil Okafor, Manu Ginobili, Karl-Anthony Towns

Rookie Cards (23) – Ben Simmons, Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Domantas Sabobnis, Brice Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Ron Baker, Michael Gbinije, Patrick McCaw, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, Tyrone Wallace, Deyonta Davis, Juica Zubac, Brandon Ingram, Isaiah Cousins, Caris LeVert, Pascal Siakam, Demetrius Jackson, Ben Bentil, Thon Maker, Taurean Prince, Chinanu Onuaku

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Inserts: 10 (more images in gallery below)
Holo Orange Laser (1) – Kelly Oubre Jr.
All-Stars (1) – Russell Westbrook
The Champ is Here (1) – LeBron James
Crashers (1) – Hassan Whiteside
Court Kings (2) – Anthony Davis, Paul George
Hall Kings (1) – Allen Iverson
Rookie Kings (1) – Buddy Hield
The Elite Series (1) – Mike Conley
The Rookies (1) – Marquese Chriss

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Jerseys (1) – Caris LeVert

What’s Buzz-worthy: The energy of the Donruss line and the twist on the 1990 Donruss baseball design comes to the hardwood and it simply works. It’s not perfect but the overall collecting experience here is one that’s fun, colorful and informative between a beefy base set and a good array of inserts. In a blaster box you get a massive brick of cards, a decent amount of inserts and a hit to top it off. Overall, it just feels good. The only drawback is the readability of the font used on the names — rough on both the front and backs. The back one could (should) have been a simpler, easier font to read to help newbies and non-regulars pick up names easier. … The Orange Laser parallel really stands out here as does the simplicity of the Kings sets. This is much like NBA Hoops but that one truly feels dull or downright boring in comparison to the feel here. Buying a blaster is worthwhile here and if you want even more, dig in on hobby.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
 A-
Fun Grade: A

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