Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2016 Bowman Platinum (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for full-size box)

Packs per box: 8 (seven packs plus one Ice parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
16 of 100 (16 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera, Dustin Pedroia

Rookie Cards (5) – Corey Seager, Nomar Mazara, Miguel Sano, Henry Owens, Jose Peraza

Insert cards: 16   (gallery below)

Ice parallel (2) – Sonny Gray, Robert Stephenson (RC)
Ice Prospects parallel (2) Willson Contreras, Wilkerman Garcia
Prospects Black Printing Plate (1) – Cody Reed (1/1)
Prospects (7) 
Adam Brett Walker II, Brent Honeywell, Jhailyn Ortiz, Franklin Barreto, Willy Adames, Rio Ruiz, Nick Gordon
Bowman’s Next Generation Prospects (1) Dominic Smith
Bowman’s Next Generation (2) – Trevor Story, Chris Heston
Bowman’s Next Generation Purple (1) – Gregory Polanco (/250)

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This box delivered very well considering it was found in a discount bin at a retail store. Why? Printing plates are one in every 2,064 packs and the numbered Purple is one in 111 packs. As said here previously, Bowman Platinum returned after a year off as a retail-only (Walmart-only) exclusive that’s got plenty of potential and a better look and feel than its predecessor. Autographs start at one in every 105 packs with a rainbow that includes plenty. (Want guaranteed ink? See the boxes in the link above, which have two per.) Between ink and inserts, there will be some strong boxes out there.  … The packs only include four cards, which seems small but one could argue that helps the value to a degree making sets harder to build. … The base set has a strong look with simple touches to add to its appeal with card backs that are clean and sharp. … If you’re a prospect-leaning collector, this one will probably pull you in. If you’re just a general collector, there are some nice touches that make it worth a look.

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

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