Buzz Break: 2016-17 Panini Studio basketball cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2016-17 Panini Studio NBA cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 47 of 300 (16 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Notable players on base cards – Wilt Chamberlain (two types), Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Scottie Pippen, Tim Duncan, Pete Maravich, Magic Johnson, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Dirk Nowitzki (two types), Blake Griffin, Clyde Drexler, Kawhi Leonard, Isaiah Thomas (two types), Draymond Green, Paul George, Kyrie Irving (two types), Derrick Rose

Rookie Cards (12) – Ben Simmons, Pascal Siakam, Malik Beasley (two types), DeJounte Murray (two types), Wade Baldwin IV (two types), Jakob Poeltl (two types), Kris Dunn,  Jamal Murray

Inserts: 9 (see gallery below)
Rising to the Occasion (4) 
– Paul George, Dirk Nowitzki, James Harden, Aaron Gordon
Driven (2) – Josh Richardson, Kyle Lowry
Glossy Studio Edition (1) – Kevin Love
Defying Gravity (1) – Clyde Drexler
Rock Solid (1) – Karl-Anthony Towns

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Studio Signatures (1) – Kris Dunn (/175)
Influencers (1) – 
Anthony Davis

What’s Buzz-worthy: This one is an odd mix of different aesthetic approaches — but it works. The base set is made up of three 100-card tiers. The basic cards are the most-deluxe of them all a plastic foil-stamped foilboard card that’s quite heavy, accented by the next tier’s retro cardboard and the final tier’s one-card-per-box traditional cardboard with a more styled image and holographic foil. The inserts feel more traditional here with a mix of sets, diecut cards and approaches (some are very rare — those not found here) with just one parallel in the box. Rounding out the package are a guaranteed auto and a guaranteed memorabilia card. It’s all a simple package that simply works. 

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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