Buzz Break: 2014 BenchWarmer Eclectic Collection trading cards

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The box: 2014 BenchWarmer Eclectic Collection
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 61 (60 past packs, one pack of new Eclectic hits and bonus cards)
Cards per pack: varies by year (mixed)

Notables on base cards – Sara Underwood, Carmen Electra, Christy Hemme, Kara Monaco, Nikki Ziering, Traci Bingham, Jessica Canseco, Nadine Velazquez, Brooke Burke, Gena Lee Nolin, Maryeve Default, Julie Strain, Cindy Margolis, Candice Michelle, Lisa Dergan, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson, Bridget Marquardt, Kerri Kasem, Charisma Carpenter

Inserts/promo cards: 20 (all inserts, hits and some base in gallery below)
1992 BenchWarmer Bonus Cards (5) – Traci Bingham, Andrea Wenzel, Shana Sechler, Lora Peterson, The Triple Threat (Brooke Burke, April Gauthier and Peterson)
2014 BenchWarmer Eclectic Carmen Electra (1) – Carmen Electra
2006 BenchWarmer Lingerie Bowl (1) – Lana Kinnear
2011 BenchWarmer Tropic Beauty Model Search (1) – Nicole Bennett
2006 BenchWarmer 97.1 Free FM (1) – Lauren Marquez
2013 BenchWarmer 50 Hot Moms (1) – Julianna Prada
2013 BenchWarmer All-American (2) – Tiffany Toth, Jennifer England
2013 BenchWarmer Boot Camp (4) – Jessica Burciaga, Kathryn Smith, Vanessa Garcia, Brandie Moses
1997 BenchWarmer Chromium (1) – Gretchen Stockdale
2002 BenchWarmer Chromium (1) – Pamela Paulshock
2002 BenchWarmer All-American Chromium (1) – Nikki Ziering

Autographs/Memorabilia: 13
Eclectic Collection Swatch (1) – 
Jessica Hall
Eclectic Autographs (4) – Cassie Cardelle, Shelby Chesnes, Sabrina Rose, Nicole Bennett
2012 BenchWarmer Autographs (1) – Sara Underwood
2011 BenchWarmer Autographs (1) – Stacie Hall
2014 BenchWarmer Happy Easter Autographs (1) – Carolyn Martin
2014 BenchWarmer Valentine Autographs (1) – Anna Sophia Berglund
2002 BenchWarmer Autographs (1) – Annamarie Lytle
2005 BenchWarmer Signature Series Autographs (1) – Teal Druda
2010 BenchWarmer Signature Series Autographs (1) – Rachel Bernstein
2011 BenchWarmer Autographs (1) – Holley Dorrough

What’s Buzz-worthy: Check out the list of just the base card notables found here and you should know many of them if you’ve turned on a TV in the last 20 years. There are models, wrestlers, TV hosts, WAGs, Internet stars, reality show notables and even a former NASCAR driver in there — and that’s a tiny fraction of the names found in these boxes, which are essentially a repack with 60 past packs along with a new cards made specifically for this release.  This one included 12 hits and that’s more than it’s supposed to deliver but not the most this ripper has seen — 18 — seriously, 18. (The guarantee is eight if you go hitless in the other packs, which is impossible.) BenchWarmer has been around since the early 1990s and the explosion of autographs since then has really helped collectors find ink from names from around the pop culture world. This one’s lineup for the hits isn’t as vast but there’s one name here, Sara Underwood, who is very notable among the signers — but the autograph came from a past pack. She’s the 2007 Playboy Playmate of the year and former Attack of the Show! host. These boxes include a number of early packs that don’t pack a lot of hits and showcase how times have changed fashion-wise, but the rest of the packs include enough variety that things can add up fast. It’s a fun rip as you never know what — or who — those past packs might include.

Product Grade: A
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Fun Grade: B+

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