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The box: 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 12 of 100 (12 percent)
Base cards – Vince Carter, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Tim Duncan, Rajon Rondo, Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh, Mason Plumlee, Tyler Hansbrough, Mo Williams, Wesley Matthews, Al-Farouq Aminu
Inserts: 28 (all cards from box in gallery below)
School Colors (14) – Robert Upshaw, Rakeem Christmas, Bobby Portis, Christian Wood, Jordan Mickey, Montrezl Harrell, Trey Lyles, Sam Dekker, Terran Petteway, Quinn Cook, Michael Qualls, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kelly Oubre Jr., Devin Booker
Old School Colors (14) – Tim Duncan, Nerlens Noel, Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Hassan Whiteside, Shabazz Napier, Nikola Vucevic, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Victor Oladipo, Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, Gordon Hayward
College Draft Tickets (1) – Alan Williams
College Draft Tickets Blue (1) – Alan Williams
What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break of this product, this one is about as simple as it gets at retail — two autos, base cards and inserts from two sets and that’s it. The design is the same as other Contenders releases but this one was a tad surprising with just two inserts. Meanwhile, the product does include more inserts than just those. The names here, particularly in the base cards, are strong. What wasn’t strong here? The autographs. Getting the same guy on both of them? Not good. Sure, one’s a parallel — and I might not have that take if it were a big name — but it really shouldn’t happen either way. This one was a bargain bin buy — literally just for fun as I don’t actively rip a lot of basketball — but that sight was rough no matter what the price.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: D (due to the autos)
Fun Grade: B
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