Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Football cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Panini Football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 
64 of 100 (64 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Ezekiel Elliott, Antonio Brown, Todd Gurley, Dak Prescott, Tom Brady, Richard Sherman, Odell Beckham Jr., Dez Bryant, Cam Newton, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Wentz, Marcus Mariota, Von Miller, Aaron Rodgers, Jameis Winston, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning

Insert/short-print cards: 23 (all in gallery below with notable base)
Rookie Cards (11) – Reuben Foster, JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeShone Kizer, Josh Reynolds, Joe Williams, DeAngelo Yancey, Corey Davis, Cam Robinson, Quincy Wilson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Takkarist McKinley
Shining Armor rookies parallel  (1) – Derek Rivers
Shining Armor parallel  (1) – Carson Wentz
Chainmail Foil parallel (1) – Dak Prescott
Bravery parallel (1) – Andrew Luck (/399)
The Rooks Green parallel (1) – Dalvin Cook (/399)
Templar parallel (1) – Dez Bryant
Templar rookies parallel (1) – Budda Baker
Knight School (1) – Christian McCaffrey
Legends of the Shield (1) – Warren Sapp
Accolades (1) – Peyton Manning
The Rooks (1) – Leonard Fournette
Decorated (1) – Joe Theisman

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Quest Materials (1) – R. Joshua Dobbs

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break of this one, this retail-only brand may get overlooked vs. other established lines from Panini America but it just might top them nearly every time if they’re consistently like this box. A ton of inserts with stars from the past and present, a bunch of rookies (both big and obscure), inserts and base with something to say (but oddly no stat lines) help make this a super-affordable but still-appealing set to consider ripping into. There is a guaranteed hit in every blaster here — this one included a rookie — and there are autographs possible. On the checklist are names such as Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Jameis Winston, Andrew Luck, Ezekiel Elliott, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Drew Brees, Antonio Brown and so many more. Among the memorabilia cards? Amari Cooper, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell, Jim Kelly, Warren Moon, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Deion Sanders, Dak Prescott, Elliott, Trubisky, Fournette, and so many more. The card backs here are well-developed visually, too, perhaps moreso than other brands, helping give it a feel that’s far above what you’d expect for the price. It’s definitely worth ripping.

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

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