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The box: 2017 Panini Torque NASCAR cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 8 (as stated on box)
Cards in this box: 10 (as stated on pack)
Base set completion: 6 of 100 (4 percent)
Base cards – Chris Buescher, Daniel Hemric (RC), Joey Gase, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman
Insert cards: 3 (all cards from box in gallery below)
Gold parallel (1) – Ryan Blaney
Artist Proof (1) – Richard Petty (/75)
Running Order (1) – Brad Keselowski
Trackside Signatures (1) – Ty Majeski
What’s Buzz-worthy: This is a brand that didn’t wow me when we broke it last year but this box shows that this one is different — or this is just a really good box. (A second one will probably settle this internal debate but I digress.) What makes this box good? It included an on-card autograph of a NASCAR NEXT driver, a definite newcomer, and it’s an on-card auto. Also a plus? He seems to be popular — at least for now as that was the first of his cards to hit eBay. Also interesting here? A Richard Petty Artist Proof — the only numbered card in the box — and it’s No. 43 of 75 made. Even non-NASCAR fans of a certain age know what No. 43 means — that’s the car number he made famous when he won his 200 Cup races and record seven championships. This one’s a 1/1 if you ask me. (Could it alone pay for the box?) Another curiosity on this one? The box states eight cards per pack but the pack inside included 10 and said so on the wrapper. That helps since $20 for a one-hit pack isn’t the retail norm — it’s doable but not that fun if you land a relatively plain memorabilia card like last year. The rest of this pack wasn’t as exciting but it did include some big names and some newcomers, too. The only drawback here might be the thickness of the card stock in combination with the black borders. While it’s cleanly printed, you can see some issues time to time — see the bottom edge of the Petty card for an example. All in all, this one seems like an improvement on the retail front compared to last year — though last year included some unusual types of cards and this pack only included foilboard on a couple cards — and we’ll see how things look on the hobby side if we rip one here soon.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: A+
Fun Grade: B+
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