Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss football cards (jersey hanger box)

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The box: 2017 Donruss NFL cards (jersey hanger box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 50
Base set completion: 
30 of 300 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Dez Bryant, Jameis Winston, Boomer Esiason, Jerry Rice, Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo, Richard Sherman, Eli Manning, Paul Hornung, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Derrick Henry

Insert/short-print cards: 19 (all in gallery below with some base cards)
Rookie Cards (SP) (2) – Jordan Leggett, Matthew Dayes
Rated Rookies (SP) (2) Mike Williams, C.J. Beathard
Rated Rookies Red Press Proof (1) 
Mike Williams
Red Press Proof (4) – Ameer Abdullah, Mohamed Sanu, Jerrell Freeman, Odell Beckham Jr.
Gridiron Kings (1) – 
Julio Jones
Rookie Gridiron Kings (1) – John Ross
Salute to Service (1) – Brian Cushing
Top Targets (1) – Brandin Cooks
1981 Donruss (1) – A.J. Green
Up Tempo (1) – Dak Prescott
Dominator (1) – Jordy Nelson
The Rookies (1) – Leonard Fournette
The Elites Series (2) – Leonard Fournette, Aaron Rodgers

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Red Rookie Phenom Jerseys (1) – 
Patrick Mahomes II

What’s Buzz-worthy: What a difference a format makes. This $15 hanger box includes a hit just like a blaster box but raises the amount of inserts (and the variety) enough where it feels like so much more. The previous blaster break here included 15 inserts/short-prints while this one had 19 — and a number of them are more-colorful inserts and Red parallels along with the parallel hit and there are fewer RCs that also make it feel like there’s a lot more. It works. … As said in the previous break, Panini America’s Donruss brand drops its retro feel for a new season and it’s likely a move that’s in part to make an Optic version of the release much stronger later in the year. Unfortunately, this one just doesn’t feel like a Donruss set in how it looks. It feels a lot like a Score or Prestige release. The Optic cards — particularly Prizms and parallels — will look good but the base set here, while crisp and clean, just feels “off” to me for the brand. … The base set here is meaty — 300 standard cards capped by 100 short-printed rookies between RC logo rookies and Rated Rookies — so you’ll find names you might not expect and that will make landing a lot of top stars in a box a bit tougher. If you’re a fan of Donruss but weren’t wowed by a blaster, watch for these boxes — which are right alongside hitless hanger boxes. Check the side panels and look for green stripes to know it’s the memorabilia version.

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

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