Buzz Break: 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards (blaster)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 18 of 200 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, Aaron Gordon, Hassan Whiteside, Emmanuel Mudiay, Joel Embiid, DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green, Josh Richardson, Jeremy Lin, Ben McLemore

Rookie Cards (4) – Dejounte Murray, Marquese Chriss, Ron Baker, Cheick Diallo

Inserts/short-prints: 6 (all cards from box in gallery below)
Holo (Prizm) parallels (1) 
– Blake Griffin
Purple Holo parallels (1) – Josh Richardson
Hall Kings (1) – Yao Ming
Rookie Kings (1) – Brandon Ingram
Court Kings (1) James Harden
Court Kings Holo (Prizm) (1) – James Harden

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said here in a previous break, Optic is one of the highlights of the NBA calendar for lower-end brands and it appears to be a hit just like it was for the NFL. This box had half as many Rookie Cards as our previous break here and the Pink Holo card was pretty off-centered, making this box a bit of a bummer for its particular contents. Helping it was an insert parallel of Harden but all in all this box felt a bit flat for a product that is not that at all.  If you dig this one, dig in on a hobby box or a few blasters in bulk — there’s more safety in numbers there. 

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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