Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2016 Donruss Optic NFL (blaster box)
Where to buy: Click here

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
18 of 200 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Veteran base cards – Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson, Melvin Gordon, DeAndre Hopkins, Tavon Austin, Sammy Watkins

Rookie Cards (12) – Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, Jordan Howard, Moritz Böhringer, Kevin Hogan, Michael Thomas, Eli Apple, Kenny Clark, Robero Aguaya, Su’a Cravens, Vernon Hargreaves III, Kamalei Correa

Inserts: 5 (all inserts and a few rookies in gallery below)
Holo parallels (2) – 
Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson
Pink Holo parallels (2) – 
Tyler Boyd, Kenny Clark
Legends of The Fall (1) – Larry Fitzgerald

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Donruss Threads (1) – 
Devonta Freeman (/100)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is one of my favorite NFL releases of last year and now that it’s occasionally hitting retail bargain bins it’s a no-brainer to pick up. (They don’t last long.) This box is a pretty good reason why with at least two top Rated Rookies in the mix, a numbered memorabilia card of a veteran (not the rookie norm) and some solid (but not necessarily expensive) names among the inserts. The re-done 1990 Donruss design is one that works pretty well for being Optichromed and blaster boxes of this one are a decent alternative if you can’t swing the higher price for a hobby box with its guaranteed ink. This was arguably the top NFL product of last season for a lot of collectors, so there’s a lot of it out there singles-wise, but it’s still a pretty fun rip even when a box isn’t great. (You can shop all types of Optic wax over on the Blowout mothership.) Will you always make money on these boxes? Maybe not, but it’s a fun rip when you find the right names. Rip hobby and you’re guaranteed ink atop all the stars, inserts and parallels, too.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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