Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2012 Upper Deck USA Football set (Hour 4)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour all day long … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2012 Upper Deck USA Football
The cost: 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 58
Base set completion: 
50 of 50 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Devin Funchess, Malcom Brown, Corey Coleman

Inserts: None

Autographs/Memorabilia: 8 (notables and hits in gallery below)
National Team Autographs (1) – 
Andre McDonald
U-19 National Team Autographs (1) – Chase Abington
Future Swatch Jersey U-19 Team (1) – Lorenzo Woodley
Future Swatch Jersey National Team (4) – Ray Buchanan Jr., Zach Espinosa, Terry Richardson, Frank Epitropoulos
Future Swatch Patch National Team (1) – Royce Jenkins-Stone

What’s Buzz-worthy: There have been a number of USA Football releases from Upper Deck in recent years and this one might arguably have the best crop of guys who went on to the NFL. At its price, I decided it was worth a try. I got base cards of those guys with Sunday experience — Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Devin Funchess, Malcom Brown, Corey Coleman — but not much else. While I know that was not the case here, these sets could be tampered with easily as there’s no security seal on the box — just clear wrappers — and then the hits are laid in a tray below a secured brick that is the base set. (Top card? Winston, so that one could arrive with damage.) The design here is nice and the checklist is 50 players deep (all players on box-bottom seen in gallery below) but there’s not much here beyond those big names unless you’re a serious fan of the college game. Other years pack a lot more ink but not that many players have made it to the Sundays — at least not yet. One thing also not found in this box? Printing plates. If these types of products are cheap enough, I’ll dabble once. This particular year, at this price, is maybe worth a second rip.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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