Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (hobby box)

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s-l1600The box: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
21 of 65 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Mike Trout, Buster Posey, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Yu Darvish, Anthony Rizzo

Rookie Cards (11) – Kenta Maeda, Blake Snell, Dae-Ho Lee, Miguel Sano, Nomar Mazara, Jose Berrios, Jameson Taillon, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Nola, Michael Fulmer

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Insert/short-print cards: 35  (more in gallery below)
Top Prospects (12) – Mickey Moniak, Ian Anderson, Alex Bregman, Austin Meadows, Jose DeLeon, Matt Manning, Will Craig, Rafael Devers, Francis Martes, David Dahl, Zack Collins, Alex Reyes
Refractors (7) – Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, Michael Fulmer, Aaron Nola, Jameson Taillon, Dellin Betances, Anthony Rizzo
Top Prospects Refractors (5) – Mickey Moniak, Zack Collins, Alex Bregman, Ian Anderson, David Dahl
Top Prospects Atomic Refractors (1) – Andrew Benintendi
Blue Refractors (1) – Ben Zobrist (/250)
Stat Lines (4) – Gary Sanchez, Blake Snell, Anderson Espinoza, Jake Arrieta
Mirror Image (3) – Troy Tulowitzki & Corey Seager, Jacob deGrom & Ian Anderson, Francisco Lindor & Orlando Arcia
1996 Bowman’s Best (2) – Jose Canseco, Lucas Giolito

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Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Refractor Autographs (1) – Aaron Judge
Autographs (3) – Alex Reyes, Matt Thaiss, Joshua Lowe

What’s Buzz-worthy: Aesthetically, Bowman’s Best is a different kind of animal with a modern design that either works for you or doesn’t. What should work in the case of this box was a number of big names on inserts and parallels, a higher percentage of star players because of a tiny base set and a concentrated number of prospects who can all be found with a rainbow of parallel potential. … These use a mini-box format where you’ll land two autographs inside every six-pack box — that’s a plus because it allows for someone to get guaranteed hits and to try out the brand a bit more on the cheap. Ripping this box was a tad more fun and interesting than other Bowman brands released in 2016 and this was a box that delivered pretty well with a top Yankee rookie auto Refractor and some solid finds among the Refractors. All in all this was a box that exceeded my expectations but there’s definitely some bigger cards to land out there in other ones.

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

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