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The box: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 13 of 100 (13 percent)
Notables on base cards – Nolan Ryan, Buster Posey, Mookie Betts, Duke Snider, Manny Machado, Chris Sale, Francisco Lindor
Rookie Cards (3) – Dansby Swanson, Mitch Haniger, Reynaldo Lopez
Insert/short-print cards: 17 (gallery below)
Rated Rookies (3) – Dansby Swanson, Mitch Haniger, Reynaldo Lopez
Holo Rated Rookies (1) – Manuel Margot
Pink Holo Rated Rookies (1) – Alex Reyes
Diamond Kings (3) – Mickey Mantle, Khris Davis, Wil Myers
Holo Diamond Kings (1) – Maikel Franco
Pink Holo Diamond Kings (2) – Noah Syndergaard, Freddie Freeman
Holo (2) – Clayton Kershaw, Paul Goldschmidt
Pink Holo (3) – Giancarlo Stanton, Nick Markakis, Edwin Encarnacion
All-Stars (1) – Marcell Ozuna
What’s Buzz-worthy: This isn’t the best Optic blaster we’ve busted here this year, but it still packed plenty of decent names and plenty of inserts. There are autographs to be found in these boxes, too, but this one was simply average. (Previous boxes here are tough to beat since we pulled Bellinger and Judge parallels.) If you dug in on 2017 Donruss for its array of inserts and a 1990 Donruss re-do, then you’re probably going to like this one a lot. You even get five cards per pack at retail, which is something that, historically, doesn’t happen with plastic-stock brands at retail so there’s even safety in numbers with this one. It’s a fun break for a collector — and it can deliver pretty well.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: C
Fun Grade: B
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