Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Donruss Elite NFL hanger box (Hour 8)

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 8.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Donruss Elite NFL (hanger)
The cost: 
$15 (click here for hobby)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 20
Base set completion: 
14 of 100 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Joe Namath, Michael Strahan, Andy Dalton, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Wilson, Le’Veon Bell

Inserts: 5 (all cards from box in gallery below)
Green parallel (1) – Cam Newton
Green rookies (2) – Nick Vannett, Moritz Böhringer
Green Craftsmen (1) – Julio Jones
Green Etched in Time (1) – Gale Sayers

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Green rookie autographs (1) –
Su’a Cravens

What’s Buzz-worthy: After a year off, Elite returned with a revamped look that, to this collector, felt crisper and cleaner with a perfect array of parallels, diecut inserts, holofoil designs, etched foilboard, autographs and memorabilia cards. … You don’t see a lot of those in these retail boxes (regular price $30 but findable on the cheap in some discount bins) but what you do find is green. You get green rookies, green parallels and green inserts atop a guaranteed hit. If you land those big names from last year, you may find green in your pocket. These aren’t that bad if they’re discounted but would be riskier at full price given how few cards are inside. There’s a lot more safety in numbers if you rip hobby — and that may be the way to go. If not and you find these, they’re worth considering.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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