Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015 Panini Americana hobby box (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2015 Panini Americana (hobby box)
The cost
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What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 52
Base set completion: 
25 of 73 (34 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Hart, Coolio, Hulk Hogan, Roger Moore, Jordana Brewster, Aly Raisman, Paula Abdul, Laura Prepon, Ali Larter

Insert/short-print cards: 23 (all inserts and some base in gallery below)
Blue parallel (8) – Laura Prepon, Hulk Hogan, Paula Abdul, Steve Bauer, Vince Neil, Coolio, Jill Wagner, Ali Larter
Screen Legends (2) – Jane Russell, Bela Lugosi
Screen Legends Co-Stars (2) – Robert Mitchum & Jimmy Stewart, Bela Lugosi & Alan Ladd
Screen Legends Co-Stars Platinum (1) – Gene Tierney, Ginger Rogers
On The Tube Modern (2) – Martin Short, Daphne Oz
On The Tube Vintage (1) – Jimmy Stewart
Winner’s Circle Combos (1) – Mike Smith & Todd Fletcher
Winner’s Circle (1) – Jerry Bailey
Certified Silver Albums (2) – Kelly Rowland, Biz Markie
Certified Silver Singles (2) – DJ Kool, Kelly Rowland
Freeze Frame (1) – Mickey Rourke

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Americana Autographs (1) – 
Hulk Hogan
Winner’s Circle Autographs (1) – Calvin Borel
Silver Screen Double Materials (1) – Bette Davis (/299)
Triple Materials (1) – Eva Marie (/49)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is a pretty solid box across the board with some A-listers, some memorable pop culture personalities and some surprises. An auto of Hulk Hogan and a jockey auto are not the standard finds here and both of the memorabilia cards are more than the typical single-swatch cards. This box shows you how this brand is one of the best bargains for collectors today (check that price link). … 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). … 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:
Fun Grade: A

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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