Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Certified NASCAR cards (blaster box)

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2016-panini-certified-nascar-nicole-beharThe box: 2016 Panini Certified NASCAR cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 3
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 15
Base set completion: 
12 of 100 (12 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Martin Truex Jr., Trevor Bayne, Clint Bowyer, David Gilliland, A.J. Allmendinger, John Hunter Nemechek, Michael Annett, Dylan Lupton, Danny “Chocolate” Myers (Immortals), Ned Jarrett (Immortals)

Rookie Cards (2) – Garrett Smithley, Nicole Behar


Insert cards: 2 (gallery below)
Skills Mirror Silver (1) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (/99)
Mirror Silver (1) 
– Greg Biffle (/99)


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Certified Signatures Mirror Silver (1) – 
Reed Sorenson (/99)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Buzz was pleasantly surprised by this box with it including an insert numbered to 99 copies in all three packs and one of those being an autograph of a relatively  successful Xfinity Series driver. (There’s either an autograph or memorabilia card guaranteed in all blaster boxes.) Nothing found here will break the bank or rev things up into the red on eBay, but those are relatively small volumes that could help have some value later once wax dries up. (Or could pay off well if you pull key names in your box.) The base set is simple and crisply designed and cleanly printed on foilboard though there’s a curious blue stripe on the black-and-white Immortals subset cards that looks like a mistake. This one got a slightly lower fun grade simply because the rip was so fast — three packs of five cards and done. All in all, this was a bit more fun than our last NASCAR rip and this has the kind of feel where this collector would want more — so I guess that’s a sign to rip into some hobby.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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