Buzz Break: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2015 Panini Americana (hobby box)
Where to buy: Click here

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 52
Base set completion: 
26 of 73 (36 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Molly Ringwald, Sylvester Stallone, Vanilla Ice, Kevin Hart, Bradley Cooper, Lea Michele, Rev Run, Darryl McDaniels, Aly Raisman, Rose McGowan, Eliza Dusku

Insert/short-print cards: 22 (gallery below)
Blue parallel (8) – James Earl Jones, Katrina Bowden, Eliza Dushku, Slade Smiley, Tony Sirico, Danica McKellar, Kelly Rowland, Rutina Wesley
Screen Legends (2) – Lana Turner, Robert Mitchum
Screen Legends Co-Stars (2) – Robert Mitchum & Jane Russell, Gene Tierney & Ginger Rogers
On The Tube Modern (2) – Rose McGowan, Steven Bauer
On The Tube Vintage (1) – Robert Mitchum
Winner’s Circle Combos (1) – Gary Stevens & D. Wayne Lukas
Winner’s Circle (1) – Gary Stevens
Certified Silver Albums (2) – Paula Abdul, Common
Certified Silver Singles (2) – Vanilla Ice, MC Lyte
Freeze Frame (1) – Emily Meade

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Americana Autographs Blue (1)  Patti Stanger (/49)
On The Tube Modern Autographs (2) – 
Kelly Rowland
On the Tube Vintage Materials (1) – 
Jimmy Stewart (/499)
Americana Jumbo Materials (1) – 
Slade Smiley (/299)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break here, Panini America’s most-recent edition of Americana is a fun bargain rip these days at a fraction of its original price ($25 for this box vs. $100 or more upon release). This box over-delivered on rarer cards but not of big names, making this one basically an average or just above average box. The biggest highlight here would arguably be the autograph of formers Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland. The checklist of this one has some big ink though the basic set design and its auto parallels aren’t the flashiest look. (The design is modern and clean but a dull gray but stronger than the 2011 release but arguably not as good as earlier ones. The parallels really shine here.) The autograph lineup leans toward today — much more so than previous releases — and the prices on the singles aren’t huge but that makes them all a tad more collectable. If you can find hobby boxes cheap, it’s definitely worth the rip just to add some variety to your autograph collection.

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

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