Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017-18 Donruss NBA blaster box (Hour 12)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is our finale for today.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017-18 Donruss NBA blaster
The cost: (for this one in a few formats)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 76 of 200 (38 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kevin Durant, Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, Anthony Davis, George Hill, Chris Paul

Rookie Cards (17) – Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Zhou Qi, Jonathan Isaac, Wayne Selden Jr., Dwayne Bacon, Tyler Dorsey, Sindarius Thornwell. Ivan Rabb, Dillon Brooks, Dennis Smith Jr., Damyean Dotson, Jawun Evans, Josh Jackson, Justin Jackson, Guerschon Yabusele

Inserts/short-prints: 11 (all in gallery below with some base/rookies)
Holo Orange Laser parallel (1) – D’Angelo Russell
All-Stars (1) – Kyrie Irving
Court Kings (2) – Devin Booker, Reggie Jackson
Hall Kings (1) – Allen Iverson
Rookie Kings (1) – 
Josh Jackson
Retro Series (3) – 
George Gervin, Dave Bing, Shareef Abdur-Rahim
The Champ Is Here (1) – 
David Robinson
All Clear For Takeoff (1) – Jaylen Brown

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Jerseys (1) – Frank Ntlikina

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous 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. 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 NFL version. Every blaster box includes a hit and this one had just that while packing at least three of the key RCs and some solid names 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 store — just for the fun factor alone. Interestingly, every box of this I have seen opened — both retail and hobby — has included Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum. That helps those box grades, too. 

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

What do you want to see next time during 12 in 12? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter. We’ll mix in more full boxes and newer stuff if we see that you like it. If you made it this far, thanks for checking out The Buzz all day.

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