Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Football cards (blaster box)

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

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 
64 of 100 (64 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Tom Brady, Joey Bosa, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, Ezekiel Elliott, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Amari Cooper, Aaron Rodgers, Richard Sherman, Dak Prescott, Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Carson Wentz, Cam Newton, Odell Beckham Jr.

Insert/short-print cards: 23 (all in gallery below with notable base)
Rookie Cards (11) – Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Taco Charlton, Myles Garrett, John Ross, Teez Tabor, Marlon Mack, Mack Hollins, Haason Reddick, Alvin Kamara, Justin Evans
Shining Armor rookies parallel  (1) – Rodney Adams
Shining Armor parallel  (1) – Julio Jones
Chainmail Foil parallel (1) – Blake Bortles
Blue Knight rookies parallel (1) – Curtis Samuel (/99)
Templar parallel (1) – Carson Palmer
Knight School (1) – Brad Kaaya
Legends of the Shield (1) – Lawrence Taylor
Accolades (1) – Howie Long
The Rooks (2) – O.J. Howard, Davis Webb
Decorated (1) – Charles Woodson
Kick Squad (1) – Stephen Gostkowski

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Quest Materials (1) – Sammy Watkins (/199)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break of this one, this retail-only brand may get overlooked vs. other established lines from Panini America but it just might top them nearly every time if they’re consistently like this box. A ton of inserts with stars from the past and present, a bunch of rookies (both big and obscure), inserts and base with something to say (but oddly no stat lines) help make this a super-affordable but still-appealing set to consider ripping into. There is a guaranteed hit in every blaster here — this one included a young non-rookie standout — and there are autographs possible. On the checklist are names such as Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Jameis Winston, Andrew Luck, Ezekiel Elliott, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Drew Brees, Antonio Brown and so many more. Among the memorabilia cards? Amari Cooper, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Deion Sanders, Dak Prescott, Elliott, Trubisky, Fournette, and so many more. The card backs here are well-developed visually, too, perhaps moreso than other brands, helping give it a feel that’s far above what you’d expect for the price. It’s definitely worth ripping.

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

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

  1. kinkinsley September 17, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Ugly cards. Just ugly.


  2. Doug Draper September 18, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Totally worthless box. Base cards rarely go for more than a Dollar on Ebay. You’re only hope is to snag an Auto from one of a handful of rookies. I’m done buy anything at retail in Walmart and Target.


  3. BlowoutBuzz September 18, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Legit question: Is all value in a box financial?


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