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) – Richard Sherman, Brandon Marshall, Lamar Miller, Rob Gronkowski, Dez Bryant, Randall Cobb, Tavon Austin, Ben Roethlisberger, Marshawn Lynch, Jordan Matthews, Allen Hurns

Insert/short-print cards: 12 (all in gallery below)
Rookie Cards (SP) (3) – Isaiah Ford, Haason Reddick, Adoree’ Jackson
Rated Rookies (SP) (3) Corey Davis, Samaje Perine, Mack Hollins
Pink Prizm Rookie Cards (1) – Chide Awuzie
Pink Prizm Rated Rookies (1) Josh Malone
Rookie Prizms (1) 
Charles Harris
Prizms (1) Latavius Murray
AKA (1) – Peyton Manning (aka The Sheriff)
Gridiron Kings (1) – 
Odell Beckham Jr.

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Rookie Threads Jerseys (1) – 
Dalvin Cook

What’s Buzz-worthy: Here’s another one of this one … as said before, 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 a decent grade thanks to the hit. Weirdly, all but two base cards were the same as the other box we opened here last week. Compared to the Prizm brand’s blasters — we broke our latest one here recently — 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 later this week.

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

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