Buzz Break: 2017 Playoff football cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2017 Playoff NFL cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 8
Cards per box: 96
Base set completion: 58 of 200 (29 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Matt Ryan, Bo Jackson, Odell Beckham Jr., Marcus Allen, Barry Sanders, Steve Young, Adrian Peterson, Morten Andersen, Dak Prescott, Marshall Faulk, Warren Moon, Jim Brown, Dan Marino, Gale Sayers, Fran Tarkenton, Deion Sanders, Tony Romo, Randall Cunningham, Andrew Luck

Insert & short-prints: 36 (all in gallery below with some base)
Rookie Cards (Nos. 201-300) (12) – Kareem Hunt, Tarik Cohen, DeShone Kizer, Reuben Foster, Myles Garrett, Joe Mixon, Chris Godwin, Obi Melifonwu, Kevin King, Marshon Lattimore, Montravius Adams, Chad Kelly
Kickoff parallels (2) – Tom Brady, Michael Strahan (/299)
First Down parallels (1) – Brendan Langley (/99)
Boss Hoggs (3) – Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller
First Down Boss Hoggs (1) – Jordan Howard (/99)
Flea Flicker (4) – Antonio Gates, Melvin Gordon, Philip Rivers; LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, Tyrod Taylor; Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford, Ameer Abdullah; Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins
Gridiron Force (3) – Terrell Suggs, Von Miller, Ray Lewis, Michael Strahan
Playoff Momentum (3) – Antonio Brown, Randy Moss, Dez Bryant
Playoff Momentum Kickoff (1) – Michael Irvin (/199)
Star Gazing (4) – Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown
Thunder & Lightning (2) – Tom Brady, Brandon Cooks; Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
GameDay Signatures (1) – 
Mark Gastineau (/30)
Rookie Stallions (1) – O.J. Howard (/149)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Just like the retail premium box broken here previously, these boxes deliver one autograph and one memorabilia card. These boxes are stacked with inserts and in an interesting twist more than half of the base cards here were of retired players and Hall of Famers, which seems odd but is comfortable. That’s also just as was seen in a hanger box break here. 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. We found 12 Rookie Cards here, up from six in the hanger boxes and 10 in the premium boxes, and the autograph was one of the tougher pulls as that’s not a parallel of the Gastineau card. Other than a few extra inserts, this was very similar to the premium boxes, which seem to have dried up quickly at retail in my area. Hobby boxes are likely to deliver better than those on the hits — the Gastineau is a good example. 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:
 A
Fun Grade: A

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