Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1993 Collector’s Edge NFL box (Hour 4)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1993 Collector’s Edge NFL box
The cost now: 
The cost then: Way more than $12.

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 6 (gallery of notable cards below)
Packs per box: 24
Base set completion: 128 of 250 (51 percent)
Duplicates: 13
Triplicates: 1

Inserts: 2
Rookie Update Prototypes (2) – 
Reggie White, Dana Stubblefield (/100,000)

Autographs/Memorabilia: No, but there is ink possible … keep reading.

What’s Buzz-worthy: The earliest years of Collector’s Edge were a real anomaly in the football card landscape of the early 1990s. The company arrived in 1992 with the concept that every card is special. How? Every one is printed on plastic — to combat condition issues — and every card is serial-numbered. The limit? Just 100,000 copies per card. People may think that’s high compared to what we know of today’s collecting landscape but that’s not the case with cards from that era. (Others are much higher.) Meanwhile, you can still find sealed boxes of this one — go figure. This one touts itself as “real value” and “all up to date” on the box and that means you get players’ new teams noted with new helmets on some cards like the one for Anthony Muñoz where he’s listed as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. (He never played for the team in an official game and retired after it cut him in 1993.) This one is a very simple release but it’s one that has held up aesthetically with a marbleized blue border, strong photos in most instances and a simple pack of stats for every player on the back. There is some chase here with Rookie Update Prototypes (five cards) mixed into packs along with John Elway inserts and autographs (3,000 total). It’s no-frills compared to today, but this collector wants to rip more and build a set. I like it a lot — just wish there was more to it.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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