Buzz Break: 2017 Playoff football cards (retail premium box)

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The box: 2017 Playoff NFL cards (retail premium box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards per box: 80
Base set completion: 48 of 200 (21 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Julio Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Jared Goff, David Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston, Randall Cunningham, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Marino, Bo Jackson, Calvin Johnson, Gale Sayers, Len Dawson, Eddie George, Peyton Manning, Jim Brown, Ray Lewis

Insert & short-prints: 30 (all images in gallery below with some base)
Rookie Cards (Nos. 201-300) (10) – O.J. Howard, Cooper Kupp, Delano Hill, Derek Barnett, Nathan Peterman, Ryan Switzer, Brendan Langley, Chris Carson, James Connor, Josh Jones
Kickoff parallels (2) – Josh Jones, Sammy Watkins (/299)
First Down parallels (1) – Jameis Winston (/99)
Boss Hoggs (3) – Todd Gurley II, DeMarco Murray, Marshawn Lynch
First Down Boss Hoggs (1) – Jordan Howard (/99)
Flea Flicker (3) – Amari Cooper, Derek Carr, Marshawn Lynch; Doug Baldwin, Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls; A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Jeremy Hill
Gridiron Force (3) – Bruce Smith, Kam Chancellor, Gerald McCoy
Playoff Momentum (2) – Michael Irvin, Tyreek Hill
Star Gazing (3) – Le’Veon Bell, Travis Kelce, Drew Brees
Thunder & Lightning (2) –Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Hail Mary Autographs (1) – 
Isaiah Ford
Hail Mary Rookie Stallions (1) – Kenny Golladay

What’s Buzz-worthy: Consider this a bit of a hobby preview as these $39.99 boxes deliver one autograph and one memorabilia card just like what’s to come in hobby boxes beginning next week. These boxes include Hail Mary versions of autos and mem cards — cards that fall right in line with the other parallels here (First Down, Second Down, etc). These have have already dropped at retail in advance of Black Friday next week along with blasters, jumbo packs and hanger boxes. These boxes seem stacked with inserts and more than half of the base cards here were of retired players and Hall of Famers, which seems odd but is comfortable. It’s also just as was seen in a hanger box break here yesterday. As said then, this is a brand that isn’t super-flashy but it doesn’t intend to be — this is definitely one for a collector who wants some modern touches without going to0 far — and it feels like it’s something beyond a basic release. You’ll find a lot more inserts here than in a hanger box but interestingly the Rookie Card mix is not that much higher (six in hangers, 10 in these boxes). If you’re a fan of 1990s Playoff football cards, then these should feel similar but with a new energy. And if you’re a fan of the 1990s players, you’ll find them here, too.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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