Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Prestige football cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2017 Panini Prestige NFL cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 40
Cards in this box: 161
Base set completion: 
128 of 300 (18 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Derrick Henry, Marcus Mariota, Matthew Stafford, Dez Bryant, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Amari Cooper, Julio Jones, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Derek Carr, Richard Sherman, Rob Gronkowski

Rookie Cards (41) – Notables include Christian McCaffrey, DeShone Kizer, D’onta Foreman, Patrick Mahomes II, Davis Webb, Joe Mixon, Chad Kelly, Curtis Samuel, Jake Butt, Leonard Fournette, Myles Garrett

Inserts: 29 (all in gallery below along with some stars and rookies)
Xtra Points Green (3) – Lorenzo Taliaferro, Taylor Gabriel, Derek Barnett (/150)
Xtra Points Purple (1) – Ryan Switzer (/100)
Xtra Points Gold (1) – Cole Beasley (/50)
Alma Maters (3) – Joey Bosa, Braxton Miller, Stefan Diggs
Banner Season (5) – Joe Namath, Len Dawson, Mark Gastineau, Ahman Green, Ricky Williams
Big Board (3) – Christian McCaffrey, David Njoku, Dede Westbrook
Blue Chip Prospects (2) – Dede Westbrook, Curtis Samuel
Connections (3) – Ben Roethlisberger & Antonio Brown, Jameis Winston & Mike Evans, Brett Favre & Adrian Peterson
Hardwear (3) – Jared Goff, Jordan Howard, Carson Wentz
NFL Passport (2) – Christian McCaffrey, Malachi Dupre
Stars of the NFL (3) – Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Rookie Signatures (1) – 
Stacy Coley
Rookie Signatures Xtra Points Purple (2) – Davis Webb, Chad Hansen (/100)
Veteran Signatures Xtra Points Platinum (1) – Richard Sherman (/15)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is Buzz’s first crack at this brand via its hobby format where there’s an autograph in every jumbo pack. (That started last year for this long-running brand.) Simply put, I think it works because you get a mess of Rookie Cards and inserts in every pack and that’s really what most of us are ripping for along with the hits. It’s a 300-card set with the last 100 being new NFL rookies in college action photos but with their new NFL teams noted via logos and color scheme for the cards’ name bars. With strong photos, that works. The veteran mix seemed dry at spots here, perhaps due to a 2oo-card set, but the overall ripping experience was meaty even if you didn’t land some of the top names in a particular pack. This box delivered well with a few top rookies and some rarer parallel autos with the Sherman being one that gives this box a perfect grade. (He only signed 26 total cards for the product.) To some collectors, there may be too much college cardboard here — so they’ll be feasting on NFL sets to come this season — but if you like the college game and the NFL this one feels pretty well-balanced and feels like a highlight so early on in this season. 

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

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