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The box: 2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Longevity
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for standard version)
Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 50
Longevity set completion: 32 of 100 (32 percent)
Regular set completion: 10 of 100 (10 percent)
Base/Longevity base cards of note – Trea Turner, Albert Almora, Addison Russell, Tate Matheny, Robert Refsnyder, Tayler Naquin, Blake Rutherford, J.P. Crawford, Daz Cameron
Insert cards: 4 (more in gallery below)
Ruby parallel (2) – Kris Bryant, Deven Marrero (/199)
Crusade (2) – Blake Swihart, Carlos Rodon
Sapphire Signatures (1) – Matt Chapman (/25)
Game Gear (1) – Hugh Fisher (/299)
Game Gear Ruby (2) – Trea Turner, Tate Matheny (/299)
What’s Buzz-worthy: This retail release of the Panini America USA Baseball brand is an unusual one in that it includes a paralleled base set (see first image in gallery) with gold foil Longevity markings that’s this product’s “base set,” regular Stars & Stripes base cards with gold foil (one per pack) and then the small rainbow of parallels and hits. It’s those parallels and hits that work well here with a rare autograph of Matt Chapman (now an Oakland A’s minor-leaguer who hit 36 homers last year), a Trea Turner jersey card and a parallel of a guy you might have heard of … you know, that Kris Bryant guy … the reigning National League MVP. His autographs can be found here (just like in the standard wax, which delivers a bit more ink per box and is linked above) as can many other past stars of the USA Baseball program. These boxes are affordable (this one was slightly more than the price of a blaster) and can deliver better than this one did. The standard wax (a larger box) might be one of the best bargains in the hobby considering the ink to be found here — Bryant, Turner, Francisco Lindor, Kyle Schwarber, Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Michael Conforto, Addison Russell and plenty of others — and for a beginner or someone hunting on a budget this is a no-brainer. It should be for any other baseball fan, too.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: B+
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