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 2.
The box: 2017 Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball
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: 166 of 499 (33 percent)
Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Andrew Benintendi, Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, Jason Kipnis, Yasiel Puig, Jacob deGrom, Carlos Correa, Michael Conforto, Julio Urias, Ryon Healy, Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, Jackie Bradley Jr., Yu Darvish, Josh Donaldson, George Springer, Joey Votto, Matt Kemp
Silver foil parallel (24) – Notables include Jay Bruce, Tyler Naquin, Joe Panik, Nolan Arenado, Noah Syndergaard
Career Milestone (2) – Ichiro Suzuki, David Wright (both 1/1s)
What’s Buzz-worthy: A newcomer on the gaming side is this MLBPA-approved release that has a scratch-off code on the back of every single card — even the 1/1s — that can allow that player to be entered into a fantasy lineup for prizes online. It’s a good idea that creates a collecting conundrum — do you scratch and play them or keep them mint? The depth of the set and the fantasy roster needs also in a way influence who’s good in a pack — on-field performance matters more than hype there. The fantasy play factor here expires on Oct. 1 (unless cards could be eligible for next season) so ripping and playing cards could be a winner in the short-term — at least for the cards that aren’t rare. Another fun plus here? You can send in your 24 wrappers for a free Career Milestone 1/1 card — something Buzz will do soon. The 1/1s are based on players’ career stats so a guy like Ichiro Suzuki (3,030 1/1s here) is an easier find than say, Dansby Swanson (just three 1/1s). If you’re a player collector and your player is found in these packs, this is a fun necessity that won’t break the bank to add to your stash. If you want something interesting, fun and with some online fantasy gaming potential, this is your box. The only other chase cards in play here? Sketch cards. Fun stuff. Also fun? The potential for a single card inside a box like this paying for all of them — something that can help you pay for more to collect or more to play in fantasy.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B+
Fun Grade: B (for cards only — better if you consider the fantasy factor)
What’s next? Be back in an hour …
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