Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic NFL cards (Special Edition blaster box)

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The box: 2017 Donruss Optic NFL (Special Edition blaster)
Where to buy: (once available)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
11 of 100 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards (all) – Lamar Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Tavon Austin, Ben Roethlisberger, Carlos Hyde, Sam Bradford, Marshawn Lynch, Jordan Matthews, Allen Hurns

Insert/short-print cards: 12 
Rookie Cards (SP) (3) – Tre-Davious White, Takkarist McKinley, Bucky Hodges
Rated Rookies (SP) (3) DeShone Kizer, Dalvin Cook, Zay Jones
Pink Prizm Rookie Cards (1) – Myles Garrett
Pink Prizm Rated Rookies (1) Curtis Samuel
Prizms (1) 
Haason Reddick
Blue Prizms (1) Jordan Reed (/149)
Gridiron Kings (1) – 
Devonta Freeman
The Rookies (1) – Chris Godwin

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Threads Jerseys (1) – 
JuJu Smith-Schuster

What’s Buzz-worthy: Panini America’s Donruss brand is one that I’ve shredded often this year and this is an early look at the Optic version of the line that gives everything an Optichrome look and includes what are called Holo parallels on the box but marked as Prizms on the card backs. (I’m going with Prizms.) This box wasn’t the flashiest when it comes to player selection, but it still gets an A thanks to the player on the hit and thanks to the numbered insert, which appears to not be the norm in these boxes. Compared to the Prizm brand’s blasters — we broke our latest one here last night — this seemed to deliver so much more in terms of variety and newcomers. What makes this a Special Edition box? It appears that the Pink parallels for Rated Rookies and Rookie Cards are only found here along with a hit in every box. (Standard blasters have more Pinks but no guaranteed hit.) If you liked what Donruss includes like I do, then these boxes are a no-brainer. It should be interesting to see how these break on the hobby side and the regular blasters once they drop beginning next week.

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

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