Buzz Break: 2016-17 Panini Prestige basketball cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2016-17 Panini Prestige NBA (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 36 of 200 (18 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kristaps Porzingis, Dwyane Wade, Andrew Wiggins, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler

Rookie Cards (10) – Tyler Ulis, Dario Saric, Ron Baker, Stephen Zimmerman, Tim Quarterman, Georges Niang, Jake Layman, Isaiah Whitehead, Thon Maker, Juan Hernangomez

Inserts/short-prints: 12 (see gallery below)
Horizon parallels (2) 
– Jusuf Nurkic, Jamal Murray (RC)
Rookie Class (1) – Dario Saric
All-time Greats (1) – Bill Russell
Inside the Numbers (1) – Stephen Curry
Horizon Inside the Numbers (1) – Rajon Rondo
Highlight Reel (1) – Russell Westbrook
Franchise Favorites (1) – Klay Thompson
Acetate Rookies (4) – Brandon Ingram, Patrick McCaw, Dario Saric, Thon Maker

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This discount bin blaster allows us to revisit Prestige, which, as said in a past break here, guarantees four blaster-exclusive Acetate Rookies in every box and a selection of base cards from a meaty set but interestingly no guaranteed hit. That makes the comparison to NBA Hoops a bit tougher as everything feels similar to that release — but it included a hit in every blaster. Is that a good thing or a bad thing here? It depends why you’re buying. The Horizon parallels are interesting visually and can leap out of the pack if you land a “Horizoned” insert but they’re about the most-interesting thing of the bunch. No numbered cards were found here and you won’t typically find one as it appears only the Gold parallel of the Acetate Rookies are numbered here (/10). Autographs are possible in blasters but this really isn’t a brand to buy expecting them. Generally this brand feels solid but not flashy — if you’re a dedicated regular collector this one should be of interest. 

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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