Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate basketball box (Hour 1)

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 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate basketball box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 2
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 10
Base set completion: 
0 of 27 (0 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – None! Everything was a parallel or hit in this box.

Inserts: 6 (all cards in gallery below)
Holo White Gold (1) – Kevin Durant (/10)
White Gold (1) – Andrew Wiggins (/75)
Rated Rookie Symbols Black Gold (1) – Caris LeVert (/25)
Rated Rookie Symbols (3) – Jamal Murray, Stephen Zimmerman, Diamond Stone (/199)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Black Gold Autographs (2) – 
Wade Baldwin (/99), Ben Bentil (/199)
Shadowbox Swatches White Gold (1) – Jahlil Okafor (/99)
Golden Opportunity Prime Relics (1) – Karl-Anthony Towns (/25)

What’s Buzz-worthy: To some collectors, this product is all about the ink but this box shows that there can be some oomph and rarity among the cards that aren’t signed. We landed a rarer Durant base parallel and a Wiggins parallel, too, along with a prime Towns and a jersey card of Okafor — all good names — with four medallion cards and two autos. The medal cards seemed a little excessive — likely extras in every box since this brand was originally conceived as a multi-sport release but then broken into single-sport offerings after it was initially announced. At its present price, it’s one to consider ripping because there is still high-end potential with those big names’ rarer autos. The only drawbacks here? Some of those gold-ink autos can be rough-looking and some of the medallions have become detached from their backer inside the acetate cards. We had a partially detached card in this box but it wasn’t anything that completely takes away from the feel of the box as a whole. This wasn’t the flashiest box overall but a couple of cards make it very close to being a moneymaker. If you enjoy college basketball more than the NBA, this is also one of those brands to consider just for fun at its present price.

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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