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

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

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 140
Base set completion: 
111 of 300 (37 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Mike Singletary, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Earl Campbell, Barry Sanders, Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Bo Jackson, Von Miller, Jameis Winston, Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, David Johnson, Derek Carr

Insert/short-print cards: 41 (all in gallery below with some base stars)
Rookie Cards (14) – Obi Melifonwu, Isaiah Ford, Sidney Jones, Davis Webb, Jonathan Allen, Jabrill Peppers, Mitchell Trubisky, James Quick, Josh Reynolds, Carl Lawson, Solomon Thomas, Gunner Kiel, Marshon Lattimore, Bucky Hodges
Photo variations (1) – Dak Prescott
No-name variations (1) – Carl Eller (/10)
Red-back variations (3) – Darren Woodson, Obi Melifonwu (RC), Matt Forte (/299)
Gold parallels (5) – Deshaun Watson (RC), Nathan Peterman (RC), Derek Carr, Steve Largent, Charley Trippi
The Next Level (2) – Terry Bradshaw, Marvin Harrison
The Next Level Gold (1) – Greg Olsen
Record Breakers (2) – Thomas Rawls, Tyreek Hill
Record Breakers Gold (1) – Cam Newton
Idolized (2) – Jim Kelly & Joe Flacco, Darrell Green & Josh Norman
Idolized Gold (1) – Kevin Greene & J.J. Watt
Super Bowl Heroes (4) – Tracy Porter, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Anquan Boldin
Super Bowl Heroes Gold (1) – Roger Staubach
Career Colors (1) – Marcus Allen
Classic Clashes (2) – Jerry Rice & Deion Sanders, Brett Favre & Aaron Rodgers

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Rookies Significant Signatures (1) – 
Amara Darboh (/199)
Flashback Fabrics (1) – Tim Tebow (/399)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous blaster break here, this brand may have gotten the best grades of any product here last year as a new retro-styled release for the NFL — and it’s not far off this year, though there’s one feature on these cards that feels way out of place. It’s gloss. All of the 300 base cards and the inserts are heavily glossed, which feels a bit in contrast to the retro stock that these cards are found on. Other than that, the model of 100 active, 100 retired and 100 rookies (the rookies are definitely shorter than the other two groups) really works. You get a mess of stars in this one with a new but still oldschool design that feels retro and comfortable (though it’s definitely not as strong as last year — and the TTM autograph options here feel lesser with the gloss).  This is a brand this collector will rip more of this season. With hobby boxes priced on the affordable side, this is definitely one to consider for collectors, beginners and those who appreciate the game. 

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

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