Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Football football cards (blaster box)

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2016-panini-peyton-manningThe box: 2016 Panini Football football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: (when available) 

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 
66 of 200 (33 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Odell Beckham Jr., Drew Brees, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley, Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, Matthew Stafford, Richard Sherman

Insert/short-print cards: 21
Rookie Cards (11) – Joey Bosa, Trevor Davis, Alex Collins, Wendell Smallwood, Eli Apple, Keenan Reynolds, Tyler Boyd, Noah Spence, Kenny Clark, Kendall Fuller, Josh Doctson
Shining Armor rookies parallel  (1) – Vernon Hargreaves III
Chainmail Foil parallel (1) – Drew Brees
Templar parallel (2) – Carson Palmer, Allen Hurns
Templar rookies parallel  (1) – Austin Hooper
Royal Family (1) – Eli & Peyton Manning
Legends of the Shield (1) – Edgerrin James
Accolades (1) – Peyton Manning
Combine Champions (1) – Braxton Miller
Decorated (1) – John Elway

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Squires Jerseys (1) – Corey Coleman

What’s Buzz-worthy: This retail-only first-year brand might be found in discount bins now in some places (this one was $15) and it’s worth considering if you like a brand with a good assortment of inserts and parallels, a meaty base set (200 basic cards, 100 short-printed rookies) and a guaranteed hit. The names in the insert lineup were strong and there was a deep roster of rookies in here, too, about the only drawback is the heavy border and nameplate on the base cards. (They’re designed to help make the diecut versions a bit stronger.) All in all, these boxes are meaty and deliver to this collector — and they might be tougher to find than some other brands from last season.

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

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