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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: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Julio Jones, Marshawn Lynch, J.J. Watt
Inserts/short-prints: 23 (all in gallery below)
Rated Rookies (SP) (5) – Deshaun Watson, Kareem Hunt, Ryan Switzer, O.J. Howard, Carlos Henderson
Rated Rookies Prizms (1) – Jamaal Williams
Red & Yellow Prizm Rated Rookies (5) – JuJu Smith-Schuster,D’Onta Foreman, Wayne Gallman, Joe Mixon, R. Joshua Dobbs
Rookie Cards (SP) (5) – Jonathan Allen, Takkarist McKinley, Jabrill Peppers, Tre’Davious White, Bucky Hodges
Red & Yellow Prizm Rookie Cards (5) – Jonathan Allen, Takkarist McKinley, Jabrill Peppers, Tre’Davious White, Bucky Hodges
1981 Donruss (1) – Todd Gurley
Rookie Gridiron Kings (1) – Nathan Peterman
Rookie Phenom Jerseys (1) – Dalvin Cook
What’s Buzz-worthy: Consider this the second game of a weekend doubleheader for these Optic boxes. 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? Repetition on the rookies and their parallels — see the gallery. This box delivered very well on the base cards and included two of the biggest rookies this season, but didn’t dupe them up between the standard cards and parallels. Had that happened? Big-time, perfect-grade box. As it is, it’s still an A-. 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 you want some volume and color. If you want guaranteed ink, rip some hobby.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A-
Fun Grade: B+
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