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

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

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 240
Base set completion: 200 of 200 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 13

Notable players on base cards – LeBron James, 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 … and everybody else.

Rookie Cards (54) – All 50 of them with dupes, including 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 and Dillon Brooks to name a few.

Inserts: 25 (all in gallery below with all rookies)
Silver Press Proof (2) – LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma (/299)
Purple Press Proof (2) – 
Taurean Prince, Rade Zagorac (/199)
All-Stars Press Proof (1) 
Russell Westbrook
All-Stars (4) – DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook, Marc Gasol, Klay Thompson
Court Kings Press Proof (1) – DeMarcus Cousins
Court Kings (3) – LeBron James, Otto Porter, Joel Embiid
Hall Kings (1) – Elgin Baylor
Rookie Kings (2) – 
Terrance Ferguson, Og Anunoby
Retro Series (3) – 
Walt Frazier, Jason Kidd, Bob McAdoo
The Champ Is Here (2) – 
Robert Horry, Kyrie Irving
All Clear For Takeoff (3) – Jamal Murray, James Harden, Blake Griffin
Swishful Thinking (1) – Russell Westbrook

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Back to The Future (1) – Nicolas Batum
Rookie Materials Signatures (1) – D.J. Wilson (/75)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As noted in a blaster break here, the color and energy of Donruss on the football field is echoed here with vibrant Rated Rookies — and a ton of them — and several inserts per box but it doesn’t seem like there’s as much of that overload (good overload) in basketball hobby boxes as we’ve seen in other Donruss releases or even some loaded hanger boxes in other sports. This box completed a whole set with extras on top of that along with two hits (the box has a typo — it’s one auto and one memorabilia card in every box) and then 25 inserts. 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. All in all, though, this felt like it delivered pretty well but was not overloaded like you might expect. From there, it just depends who you get among your hits and inserts that makes the difference. There are some big possibilities in the mix of rarer parallels and hits and that combined with top rookies you could do very well ripping these boxes.

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

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