Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter blaster box (Hour 9)

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 9.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box) 
The cost:
$14.99 (Click here for hobby)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 47
Base set completion: 
27 of 300 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Jessica Mendoza, Orlando Jones, Brooks Robinson, Morgan Spurlock, Ozzie Smith, Evan Longoria, Robin Yount, George Lopez

Rookie Cards (2) – Kyle Schwarber, Tom Murphy

Insert/short-print cards: 19 (see all in gallery below)
Short-prints (Nos. 301-350) (4) – Tom Murphy, Yordano Ventura, Yu Darvish, Victor Martinez
Baseball Legends (1) – Babe Ruth
Mascots in the Wild (1) – Parrot
The Numbers Game (4) – Prince Fielder, Noah Syndergaard, Felix Hernandez, Albert Pujols
Natural Wonders (1) – Aurora Borealis
Mini parallel (1) – Roger Clemens
Short-printed mini parallel (Nos. 301-350) (1) – 
Tyson Ross
Allen & Ginter back mini parallel (2) – 
Cuban Embassy, Edgar Martinez
Black mini parallel (2) – 
Dustin Pedroia, Paul O’Neill
Ferocious Felines mini (1) – 
Siberian Tiger
U.S. Mayors mini (1) – 
Sylvester Turner (Houston, Texas)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Relics (1) – Timothy Busfield (Field of Dreams)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Just like a past blaster break here, statistically, this box over-delivered with a Relic (1:70), a pair of Black minis (1:10), a Ferocious Felines (1:25) and a short-printed mini (1:13) among its inclusions. Retail Ginter isn’t easy to chase big stuff (ink is one in every 228 packs), but it’s a good way to help build a set without paying any type of big mark-up once hobby wax dries up. (In fact, this blaster was found in the discount bin at a Walmart.) … An interesting thing to note for this version of Ginter is that its stock is more of a clay-coated cardboard instead of being pure white — it’s a nice touch that makes these feel more like vintage cards. Ginter is always popular and hobby boxes are still affordable so that’s the way to go for now.

>>Check out our gallery of 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter cards & get a checklist here.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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