Buzz Break: 2017-18 Donruss basketball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2017-18 Donruss basketball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: (a few formats)

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 76 of 200 (38 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis, Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowery, Kemba Walker, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Jimmy Butler

Rookie Cards (17) – Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Frank Ntilikina, De’Aaron Fox, Zach Collins, Dennis Smith Jr., Zhou Qi, Jonathan Isaac, Wayne Selden Jr., Dwayne Bacon, Tyler Dorsey, Malik Monk, Luke Kennard, Jayson Tatum, Sindarius Thornwell. Ivan Rabb, Dillon Brooks

Inserts/short-prints: 11 (all in gallery below with some base/rookies)
Holo Orange Laser parallel (1) – Kris Dunn
All-Stars (2) – Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard
Court Kings (2) – LeBron James, Nikola Jokic
Hall Kings (1) – Scottie Pippen
Hall Kings Press Proof (1) – Bill Russell (/99)
Rookie Kings (1) – 
Jarrett Allen
Retro Series (1) – 
Bill Russell
The Champ Is Here (2) – 
Robert Horry, Shaquille O’Neal

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Jerseys (1) – T.J. Leaf

What’s Buzz-worthy: The color and energy of Donruss on the football field is echoed here with vibrant Rated Rookies — and a ton of them — and inserts per box. The only oddity to this collector? The bronze-bordered base cards — they instantly make me think of parallels, probably because there are Bronze parallels in the football version of this release. Every blaster box includes a hit and this one included a serial-numbered card of an NBA legend, too, while packing at least three of the key RCs and a number of good names among the inserts. All in all, this felt like it delivered pretty well for a blaster — and there can definitely be better boxes out there as they can have autographs as well as other more-notable rookies on the memorabilia cards. If you’re a collector, this should be one to consider every time you hit the shop — just for the fun factor alone. 

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

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