Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
Initially only available via Walmart.

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Ice parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
17 of 100 (17 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Clayton Kershaw, Paul Goldschmidt, Felix Hernandez, Nomar Mazara, Yoenis Cespedes

Rookie Cards (3) – Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez, Alex Reyes

Insert cards: 15  (all cards in box in gallery below)

Ice parallel (2) – Clayton Kershaw, Robinson Cano
Ice Prospects parallel (2) Nick Gordon, Josh Hader
Purple parallel (1) – Manny Margot (/250)
Prospects (7) 
Victor Robles, Ian Anderson, Triston McKenzie, James Kaprielian, Dylan Cease, Zack Collins, Alex Kirilloff
Platinum Presence (1) – Anderson Espinoza
Bowman’s Next Generation (1) Zack Collins
Rookie Radar (1) – Cody Bellinger

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Bowman Platinum is back once again as a retail-only (Walmart-only) exclusive that’s got plenty of prospecting potential with one rookie helping drive demand — Cody Bellinger — among a hot rookie class. His first in-pack Rookie Cards are found here and this box was saved by his appearance on an insert that’s found one per box. Other than that and a numbered insert, this box seemed average at best as the other RCs here weren’t the biggest names. This brand is found in three formats at retail, a hobby-type of collector’s box that guarantees two autographs, blasters and jumbo packs. The collector’s box is your best bet and we hope to bust one of those here soon to see if that breaks down better than this. In this type of box, autographs start at one in every 66 packs, which is about 40 percent better than last year, with a rainbow in this brand that includes a good amount of parallels between the ink and the non-inked cards. … These packs only include four cards, which seems like a drawback as you get just 32 cards in a blaster. You get at least two base cards per pack and then a prospect and an insert to round things out most of the time. The checklist includes some first-time ink, too, but they weren’t found here so we’ll dive in there if we have a future rip.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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