Buzz Break: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2015 Panini Americana (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 52
Base set completion: 
26 of 73 (36 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Molly Ringwald, Corbin Bernsen, Laura Prepon, Ali Larter, Darryl McDaniels, Coolio, Vince Neil, D.B. Sweeney, Aly Raisman, Hulk Hogan, Paula Abdul

Insert/short-print cards: 22 (all inserts in gallery below)
Blue parallel (8) – Eliza Dushku, Katrina Bowden, James Earl Jones, Tiffani Thiessen, Danica McKellar, Tony Sirico, Kelly Rowland, Slade Smiley
Screen Legends (2) – Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis
Screen Legends Co-Stars (2) – Bela Lugosi & Alan Ladd, Robert Mitchum & Jimmy Stewart
On The Tube Modern (2) – Jordan Brewster, Eliza Dushku
On The Tube Vintage (1) – Jane Russell
Winner’s Circle Combos (1) – Gary Stevens & Bob Baffert
Winner’s Circle (1) – Pat Day
Certified Silver Albums (2) – Paula Abdul, Common
Certified Silver Singles (2) – Biz Markie, DJ Kool
Freeze Frame (1) – Chris Jericho

Autographs/Memorabilia: 4
Americana Autographs (2)  Mickey Rourke, Slade Smiley
Americana Jumbo Materials (1) – 
Cody Simpson (/499)
Silver Screen Double Materials (1) – 
Jimmy Stewart (/299)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This box was going to appear in the next Buzz 12 in 12 — it’s admittedly one of my go-to rips — but since my Flu-cation™ kicked in, there wasn’t energy for box hunting and so here we are. As said in a previous break of this, Panini America’s most-recent edition of Americana is a fun bargain rip these days at a fraction of its original price ($25 for this box vs. $100 or more upon release). If you’re a regular reader of The Buzz, you’ll know this is my second time being Smiley-ed — but at least this box made up for it with a Mickey Rourke autograph (and ironically a Chris Jericho insert of note for those who know WrestleMania 25 history). There also were highlights with Jimmy Stewart memorabilia (not that rare but iconic) and some name power among the inserts. The rest was relatively standard — and that’s still not that bad for the price. (At its current price, the 10-box cases are worth considering because there are some strong names on the auto checklist — anyone on a base card also has an auto.. The autograph lineup leans toward today — much more so than previous Americana releases — and the prices on a lot of singles aren’t huge, but that makes them all a tad more collectable. If you can find hobby boxes cheap, it’s definitely worth the rip just to add some variety to your autograph collection. And once the wax vanishes? Well, there will be some even better values to be seen.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
 B+
Fun Grade: B+

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