Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015 Donruss NFL retail preferred box (Hour 10)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2015 Donruss NFL (retail preferred)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
153 of 200 (77 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, Calvin Johnson, Emmitt Smith, Gale Sayers, Bo Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr., Joe Namath, Earl Campbell, John Elway, Deion Sanders, Julio Jones, Steve Young, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, J.J. Watt, Joe Montana, Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Tom Brady

Inserts/short-prints: 37
Purple Press Proofs (2) – Sammie Coates (Rated Rookie), Terrance West (/199)
Blue Press Proofs (1) – Russell Wilson (Gridiron Kings) (/99)
Stat Line (1) – Taylor Gabriel (/621)
Career Stat Line (1) – Matt Forte (/443)
Elite Series (2) – Andrew Luck, Julio Jones
Rated Rookie (4) – Ameer Abdullah, Leonard Williams, T.J. Yeldon, Melvin Gordon
Gridiron Kings (2) – Teddy Bridgewater, Ben Roethlisberger
Gridiron Legends (1) – Len Dawson
Classics (1) – Dez Bryant
Throwback Rookies (2) – Eric Decker, Andy Dalton
Passing The Torch (2) – Fred Taylor & T.J. Yeldon, Steve Smith Sr. & Breshad Perriman
Elite (18) – Tre Mason, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Dez Bryant, Jamaal Charles, Larry Fitzgerald, Blake Bortles, Demaryius Thomas, Jordy Nelson, Tevin Coleman, Ameer Abdullah, David Cobb, Matt Jones, Justin Hardy, David Johnson, T.J. Yeldon,  Jay Ajayi, Devin Smith

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Donruss Threads (1) – 
Tamba Hali
Elite Rookie Signatues (1) – Cameron Artis-Payne

What’s Buzz-worthy: You get a boatload of inserts and base cards here along with two hits. A number of those inserts are also serial-numbered, which is a plus. The only drawback for me here is the design. It’s got a colorful retro feel but something doesn’t feel right to this collector. Maybe it’s the gloss or the heavy foil — probably the foil — atop a color scheme that’s very busy in every pack. Had this design been a throwback from the past, it’d probably be a more familiar feel to make this colorful mix more palatable. It’s not a bad mix at all — just doesn’t agree. The mix of short-printed base cards (Nos. 201-300) are worked into the insert/shorts list here because they really feel like they aren’t part of the standard set. The names here are decent but some of those top rookies weren’t found in this box but it was still a fun rip.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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