Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss football Mega Box


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The box: 2016 Donruss football Mega Box
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 9 (seven 2016 Donruss, two 2015 Gridiron Kings)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 72
Donruss Base set completion: 
40 of 300 (13 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Barry Sanders, Mark Ingram, Todd Gurley, Derek Carr, Steve Largent, John Elway, Earl Campbell, Matt Ryan

2016 Donruss Insert/short-print cards: 14 (more in gallery below)
Rookie Cards (SP) (3) – Shaq Lawson, Moritz Böhringer, Kendall Fuller
Rated Rookies (SP) (4) – Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Jeff Drinkel, Chris Moore
Black Press Proof (1) – T.J. Yeldon (/10)
1987 Donruss (1) – Eric Dickerson
Fans of the Game (1) – 
Daniella Monet
League Leaders (1) – Adrian Peterson & DeAngelo Williams
Legends of the Fall (1) – 
Joe Namath
Production Line (3) NaVorro Bowman, Rob Gronkowski, Todd Gurley

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Sophomore Swatches (1) – 
Karlos Williams

2015 Gridiron Kings (two packs)
Base set completion:
10 of 100 (10 percent)

Notables on base cards – Richard Sherman, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees

Insert/short-print cards: 6
Aficionado (1) – 
Cordarrelle Patterson
Framed short-prints (2) – Breshad Perriman (rookies) Deion Sanders (legends)
Red Framed (3) – Buck Allen (rookies), Jeremy Hill, Fran Tarkenton (all-time stat kings)

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: Wow, what a box — especially considering I found it in a discount bin. Maybe it’s just my previous run with 1990 Donruss back in the day talking here, but I think this edition of Panini America’s Donruss NFL brand is a fun one and this box offers up a decent sampling of that with a taste of a different set — hobby packs — from a previous season as a bonus. This box included the two top Rookie Cards — Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott — as well as a super-rare numbered insert and a hit. Not every one of these boxes includes hits and the Yeldon impresses me more as it’s more of a personal collection tie for me — more on that and him later this week. Sure, there might be better boxes — but this one is very, very solid and gets a perfect grade from this collector.

Product Grade: A- (2016 Donruss)
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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