Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss football cards (Mega Box)

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The box: 2017 Donruss football cards (Mega Box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 10 (three hobby, seven retail)
Cards per pack: 10 per hobby, eight per retail
Cards in this box: 86
Base set completion: 
57 of 300 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Jim Brown, Amari Cooper, Peyton Manning, Dan Fouts, Ezekiel Elliott, Dan Marino, Derek Carr, Randy Moss, Franco Harris

Insert/short-print cards: 29 (all inserts and some base in gallery below)
Rookie Cards (SP) (6) – 
Sidney Jones, Charles Harris, Zach Cunningham, Elijah McGuire, Adoree’ Jackson, Takkarist McKinley
Rated Rookies (SP) (7) –
Christian McCaffrey, Corey Davis, Josh Malone, Brian Hill, Chad Hansen, Taiwan Taylor, Curtis Samuel
Bronze Press Proof (3) – 
Franco Harris, Ameer Abdullah, Larry Fitzgerald (Bronze only in Mega Boxes)
Gridiron Kings Studio Series (1) – 
Jay Ajayi (/100)
Rookie Gridiron Kings (2) – 
DeShone Kizer, Leonard Fournette
1981 Tribute (2) – 
Jameis Winston, Kirk Cousins
Production Line (2) – 
Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan
Highlights (1) – 
Marcus Mariota
The Rookies (2) – 
Kareem Hunt, John Ross 
Dominator (1) – 
Devonta Freeman
The Elite Series (2) – 
A.J. Green, Dede Westbrook

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: You’ve seen 2017 Donruss NFL ripped in a few formats this year since it’s a readily available, variety-packed brand that includes plenty of the big names from the past, present and future all in one place. What you might have missed is the recent arrival of the Mega Box, which is basically a blaster with three hobby packs included. The standard blaster was the least of my favorite rips of this one this year and the jersey hanger boxes ($15) are still a favorite but the allure of these Mega Boxes with hobby pack potential has gotten my attention. So far, all but one I have ripped has included a numbered insert — but no hits. These aren’t the flashiest rips, but I think they’re far stronger than the blasters with literally double the inserts (at least based on those I’ve ripped) with the potential for more. The Bronze parallels are the only cards exclusive to these but the hobby packs could include some of the better stuff found in hobby — and that just might keep me ripping.

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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