Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2012 BenchWarmer Vault box (Hour 1)

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 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2012 BenchWarmer Vault
The cost: Click here 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: One Vault hits pack and one past BenchWarmer box (37 total here)
Cards per pack: 7 in hits pack, 10 per in 1992 BenchWarmer packs
Cards in this box: 367
Base set completion: 
120 of 120 (100 percent) for the 1992 set
Duplicates: A bunch
Triplicates: Yep
Quadruplicates: A few

Inserts: 1 (only the hits pack)
Promo cards (1) – Nikki Zeno 2010 Tropic Beauty Model Search promo

Autographs/Memorabilia: 6 (only the hits pack)
2012 BenchWarmer Vault Boy Beater swatch card (1) – 
Torrie Wilson
2012 BenchWarmer Vault autographs (2) – Torrie Wilson, Kerri Kasem
2011 BenchWarmer Bubble Gum autographs (1) – Sara Jean Underwood
2003 BenchWarmer autographs (1) – Brooke Morales
2012 San Diego Comic Con autographs (1) – Brande Roderick

What’s Buzz-worthy: At first glance, this collector was bummed to see that the buyback box here was from 1992 — the first release ever made, which is one that’s mostly without autographs (they’re immensely rare) and heavy on the hairspray. But I ripped it anyway and it was an oddity that included 12 BenchWarmer Prisms inserts — not the norm (see the gallery) — but otherwise plenty of the standard stuff from that first release. The hits pack in this one? It shocked me with a two-per-case “Boy Beater” memorabilia card of former WWE star Torrie Wilson and then it backed that up with her autograph on another card and then an autograph from Kerri Kasem who I knew from her work with Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx on the Sixx Sense radio show. Atop that? An autograph from perhaps the biggest name in the product, former Attack of the Show! host and Playboy Playmate of the Year, Sara Jean Underwood. Throw in a signed promo card for former Baywatch cast member Brande Roderick and there were some pretty strong names in the pack. I’m busted a few of the Eclectic boxes for hits to build the autograph stash and this single pack outdid them all. At its price, it’s got potential — especially if your inner box is one that comes from releases with autographs and memorabilia cards. This one simply didn’t need that. It packed plenty in just the one pack.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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