Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2014 Topps Football Mega Box (Hour 7)

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 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2014 Topps NFL Mega Box
The cost:

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 10 (seven Topps, two Valor and one bonus rookies)
Cards per pack: 12 per Topps, 6 per Valor, 3 per rookies
Cards in this box: 99
Topps base set completion: 
73 of 440 (17 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Valor base set completion: 
12 of 200 (6 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards (both brands) – Richard Sherman, Ben Roethlisberger, LeSean McCoy, Dez Bryant, Peyton Manning

Valor Rookie Cards (6) – Derek Carr, Devonta Freeman, Paul Richardson, Allen Robinson, Bruce Ellington, Davante Adams
Topps Rookie Cards (18) – Notables include Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Jarvis Landry, Kony Ealy, Sammy Watkins

Inserts: 15 (see all and some base/rookies in gallery below)
Mega Box Chrome Rookie (2) – Derek Carr, Jadeveon Clowney
Mega Box Chrome Rookie Refractor (1) – Derek Carr
1963 Mini (2) – E.J. Manuel, Zach Mettenberger
Gold parallel (1) – Cincinnati Bengals (/2,014)
Fantasy Strategies (2) – Doug Martin, Cam Newton
4,000-yard Club (1) – Philip Rivers
1,000-card Club (2) – Eddie Lacy, Antonio Brown
Greatness Unleashed (1) – Vernon Davis
NFL Play 60 (1) – Noelle Cain
Power Players (1) – Marvin Jones
Fantasy Focus (1) – Matt Forte

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This rookie crop hasn’t aged all that well — thanks Johnny Football — but there are still some big names and one of the biggest was found in this one three times. Derek Carr’s face made this a strong box with a Refractor, Chrome and a Valor RC. The base cards found in this one weren’t amazing, especially on the standard Topps side, but that card and a few more names still helped this box get an A in my book. The Valor packs are hobby packs so there is a decent chance at hits here atop the standard Topps packs, which also offer hit potential though at longer odds. The insert mix here is fun, giving you a number of chances at big names, which also helps the fun factor.

Product Grade: B+
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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