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The box: 2017 Donruss Optic NFL cards (Mega Box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 16 of 100 (16 percent)
Notables on base cards: Antonio Brown, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Rob Gronkowski
Inserts/short-prints: 23 (all in gallery below)
Rated Rookies (SP) (5) – Amara Darboh, Marlon Mack, Jeremy McNichols, D’Onta Foreman, Donnell Pumphrey
Red & Yellow Prizm Rated Rookies (5) – Amara Darboh, Marlon Mack, Jeremy McNichols, D’Onta Foreman, Wayne Gallman
Rookie Cards (SP) (5) – Jonathan Allen, Takkarist McKinley, Tre’Davious White, Jabrill Peppers, Bucky Hodges
Red & Yellow Prizm Rookie Cards (5) – Taco Charlton, Takkarist McKinley, Tre’Davious White, Jabrill Peppers, Bucky Hodges
Prizms (1) – Andy Dalton
1981 Donruss (1) – DeMarco Murray
Illusions (1) – Curtis Samuel & Steve Smith Sr.
Rookie Phenom Jerseys (1) – R. Joshua Dobbs
What’s Buzz-worthy: This $35 Mega Box was found at Walmart and just like last year it guarantees one memorabilia card per and 10 Red & Yellow rookie parallels, which are also only found here. What may be a drawback with these? Each box I’ve opened so far (more than one) has been repetitive on the rookies and their parallels — see the gallery. This one didn’t really deliver on the names to have this repetitive trend work in my favor. At best, this feels like an average box and that didn’t make it a fun rip in this case, either. The volume of packs here is pretty good — 10 packs just like last year — and this is definitely a stronger rip than a standard blaster and similar to the Special Edition blasters (guaranteed hit, no parallels). If the collation is always repetitive — I’m 2-for-2 on that front, then you’ll have some boxes that are big winners and some that are not. I’m probably 1-for-2 in that regard.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: C
Fun Grade: B-
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