Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Panini Golden Age wax box (Hour 3)

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 on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Panini Golden Age
The cost now: Click here

The cost then: $72

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 147
Base set completion: 101 of 150 (67 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Tatum O’Neal, Erin Blunt, Jackie Earle Haley, David Stambaugh, Grantland Rice, Johnny Carson, Jim Thorpe, Bob Hope, Curley Neal, Fred Biletnikoff, Elizabeth Montgomery, Tris Speaker, Grace Kelly, Stan Musial, Sugar Ray Leonard, Harry Houdini, William “Buckwheat” Thomas, Red Grange, Penny Marshall, Branch Rickey, Eva Gabor, Bob Denver, John Belushi, Bigfoot, Pete Rose, Bobby Hull, Jimmy Carter, Mel Ott, Evel Knievel, Bo Derek, Walter Cronkite, Carlton Fisk, Jane Russell

Inserts: 42 (all in gallery below with some base)
Exhibits (1) –
Jim Bottomley (box-topper)
White parallel (1) – Hack Wilson
Tip Top Bread Labels (1) – Yogi Berra
Bread for Energy (2) – Hack Wilson, Jim Kiick
Headlines (2) – 
Ship Sinks in Lake Superior, McLain Earns 30th Win
The Three Stooges (1) – 
Three Little Pigskins
DeLong (2) – 
Stan Musial, Grantland Rice
Playing Cards (8) – 
Jerry Lewis, Rocky Marciano, Jean Cruguet, Frank Frisch, Thomas Hearns, Bon Denver, Frank Chance, Jim Bottomley
American Caramel Mini Red (1) – 
The Three Stooges
American Caramel Mini Blue (14) – 
Grantland Rice, Lana Turner, Pete Rose, Branch Rickey, Apollo 11, Dick Smothers, Curley Neal, Al Simmons, Eva Gabor, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Ron Swoboda, Dave Bancroft, Riva Ridge
Carolina Brights Mini Green (8) –
Mario Andretti, Erin Blunt, Mel Ott, Joe Frazier, Herbert Hoover, Henry Ford, Harry Houdini, Al Kaline
Carolina Brights Mini Purple (1) – 
David Stambaugh

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Historic Signatures (2) – 
Ron Swoboda, Ted Simmons
Museum Age memorabilia (2) – 
Nap Lajoie, Johnny Carson

What’s Buzz-worthy: I’ve busted this brand quite often away from this site, but a few times here and this is one of those gems that includes double the hits that the box should include. Even better for me? I didn’t have any of them until ripping this box — and I’ve ripped many. This retro-styled brand is one that’s been on the sidelines for the last few years but this second Golden Age release is, to this collector, the best one. The base set is loaded with “some of the nation’s greatest athletes, entertainers and newsmakers from the Golden Age of America” and it’s one that really showcases the retro possibilities in its inserts and autograph/memorabilia potential. There are minis and there are Exhibit box-toppers that couldn’t be more different and then there are nods to food issue sets, historic moments and pop culture. The ink found here was good and the roster of inserts was fun. The Bad News Bears also can be found here on either base cards, minis or autos — and there is plenty more to be found if you explore this product. The year before this one isn’t bad and the year after is a tad weaker but they’re also ones to consider given their affordable prices.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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