Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Playoff football cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2016 Panini Playoff football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 56
Base set completion: 39 of 200 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Peyton Manning Andrew Luck, Richard Sherman, Dez Bryant, Phil Simms, Odell Beckham Jr., Tony Romo, Steve Young, Khalil Mack, Matt Ryan, Adrian Peterson

Insert & short-prints: 17 (more images in gallery below)
Rookie Cards (7) – Tyler Higbee, Jordan Howard, Jalen Ramsey, Vonn Bell, Jake Rudock, Kevin Dodd, Will Fuller V
Pennants (1) – Russell Wilson
Boss Hoggs (1) – LeSean McCoy
Air Command (2) – Tom Brady, Andy Dalton
Thunder & Lightning (1) – Blake Bortles & Allen Robinson
Kickoff parallel (1) – Cam Newton (/199)
Star Gazing (1) – Blake Bortles
Star Gazing Kickoff parallel (1) – Cam Newton (/199)
Class Reunion (2) – Ray Lewis & Marvin Harrison, Aaron Rodgers & DeMarcus Ware

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: On the hobby side, this one is an affordable brand that can deliver pretty well (one auto and one memorabilia card every time) and this box delivered good on the names front but with no hits. … The design here is crisp and simple and the backs are informative and energetic. The 200 standard cards are capped by some retired greats before one-per-pack Rookie Cards cap it to make a 300-card extended set. … The inserts are pretty strong here with plenty of familiar names from the past but without it feeling like a low-end set (though it’s closer to that than high-end). The parallels are simple — based on downs — for both base cards and inserts, while the pennant card is something different (and a nod to earlier Playoff sets) but felt a little out of place. A hobby box should be worth a try — especially at its price now.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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