Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Absolute Football cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Panini Absolute Football cards (blaster)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 64
Base set completion: 
55 of 100 (55 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Tom Brady, Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Green, David Johnson, Derek Carr, Eddie Lacy, Matthew Stafford, Antonio Brown, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, Drew Brees, Jared Goff

Insert/short-print cards: 8 (all in gallery below with some base)
Spectrum Blue parallels (1) – David Johnson
Spectrum Blue Rookie parallels (1) – Jake Butt
Hurdles (1) – Eric Ebron
Kickoff (1) – Troy Aikman
Unsung Heroes (1) – Matthew Slater
Fantasy Flashbacks (1) – Fred Taylor
Rookie Roundup (2) – DeShone Kizer, Evan Engram

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Air Raid (1) – Russell Wilson (/175)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Panini’s annual memorabilia feast known as Absolute is, without question, one to rip on the hobby side but the blasters apparently can have potential, too. While the box doesn’t indicate a guaranteed hit (last year’s didn’t and I went hitless in a blaster, meaning it was my last for that one), this one included one — and it wasn’t a rookie swatch, either. It was a player-worn (yep, not game-used but that’s better than nothing and better than a rookie) Russell Wilson Air Raid insert.  The insert lineup is colorful and has some player variety but there were no RCs and three rookie inserts/parallels in the box. The insert volume is also the same as last year meaning there are a lot of base cards in a box here, giving it a traditional feel. With a hit in a box, it’s worth a look. (I haven’t ripped a second, so I’m admittedly not sure.) If they’re not? Do a hobby pack.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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2 thoughts on “Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Absolute Football cards (blaster box)

  1. danieladubay September 11, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    I have seen a ton of blasters without hits on Youtube. You got lucky.


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