Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
12 of 100 (12 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Ryne Sandberg, Albert Pujols, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes

Rookie Cards (3) – Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Raimel Tapia

Insert/short-print cards: 18 (gallery below)
Rated Rookies (3) – Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Raimel Tapia
Holo Rated Rookies (1) – Cody Bellinger
Pink Holo Rated Rookies (1) – Andrew Benintendi
Diamond Kings (3) – Gregory Polanco, Lucas Giolito, Nolan Arenado
Holo Diamond Kings (1) – Wil Myers
Pink Holo Diamond Kings (2) – 
Joey Votto, Mark Trumbo
Holo (2) – Kris Bryant, Yadier Molina
Pink Holo (3) – Michael Fulmer, Dexter Fowler, Edwin Encarnacion
The Elite Series (1) – Kyle Schwarber
Blue Holo The Elite Series (1) – Trea Turner (/149)

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Talk about a loaded blaster. I’m not sure if this is considered a Hot Box but it did deliver a couple more inserts/parallels than a second box to come during our Buzz 12 in 12 marathon to come later this month. About the only thing we didn’t pull here that would be reasonable to expect would be an Aaron Judge card or maybe something for the guy on the box, Mickey Mantle. About everything else was found here and this box impressed. There are autographs to be found in these boxes, too, but this one was jam-packed enough that it earned top honors without one. If you dug in on 2017 Donruss for its array of inserts and a 1990 Donruss re-do then you’re probably going to like this one a lot. You even get five cards per pack at retail, which is something that, historically, doesn’t happen with plastic-stock brands at retail so there’s even safety in numbers with this one. It was fun and it delivered. I need more.

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

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