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

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

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 64
Base set completion: 
56 of 300 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards – Deion Sanders, Ozzie Newsome, Earl Campbell, Shannon Sharpe, Troy Aikman, Cris Carter, Tony Dorsett, Michael Strahan, Mike Ditka, Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Antonio Brown, Amari Cooper

Rookie Cards (8) – Shaq Lawson, Nelson Spruce, Alex Collins, Charles Tapper, Laremy Tunsil, Sterling Shepard, Karl Joseph, Vernon Adams Jr.

Insert cards: 8 (all in gallery below with some base)

Blue-back parallel (2) – Todd Gurley, Mackenzie Alexander
Team Tributes (1) – 2015 New England Patriots
Classic Clashes (1) – Russell Wilson & Peyton Manning
Monday Night Heroes (1) – Jay Cutler
Record Breakers (1) – John Elway
Classic Moments (1) – Eli Manning
Next Level (1) – Todd Gurley

Autographs/Memorabilia: None 

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break of this one, this retro-styled brand is the first A+ Buzz has given because it’s just a crisply made, affordable and impressively printed (though they don’t scan well) and designed football card brand. Sure, it’s got a 1983 Topps feel with the design, but it’s better. This one’s unique with its insert lineup — some perfectly simple uses of foil, which shouldn’t work in a retro brand but do — and overall it doesn’t feel cookie-cutter compared to other brands out there. … The variations are a perfect mix of simple and gimmick — and they can be quite rare. … The checklist is perfectly bolstered with the Legends — though some of the newer players could be argued about — while every pack includes one Rookie Card and two Legends. The overall feel of this one was still pretty fun despite an average rookie presence. This one just needs more inserts — and it’s also a brand where it’d be nice to see ink in every box but that’s how the hobby version works (just one per). … The retail-exclusive blue-back cards here are nice but don’t really feel like a big deal at all. … If you’re on the fence, check out these boxes with a blaster. If you’re not, dig in with a hobby box. A blaster will only leave you wanting even more. 

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

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