Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1 (blaster box)

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The box: 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1 trading cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box:
 11 (10 standard plus one medallion pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 62
Base set completion: 
40 of 90 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert cards: 22 (all inserts in gallery below)
Blue Squadron parallel (2) – Royal Guard, Baze Takes Aim
Death Star Black parallel (5) – Blue Leader, Lieutenant Sefla, Patrol of Oppression, Ready to Depart, Patrolling the Scarif Shores
Green Squadron parallel (3) – In the Streets of Jedha, General Draven, A Brotherhood of Two
Blueprints (2) – AT-ACT, K-2SO
Character Icons (3) – Cassian, Shoretrooper, Chirrut
Darth Vader Continuity (1) – Darth Vader
Gallery (1) – Jyn Erso
Montage (1) – Join The Rebellion
Heroes of the Rebel Alliance (1) – Saw Gerrera
Villains of the Galactic Empire (1) – Death Trooper
Commemorative Medallion (1) – Captain Cassian Andor
Star Wars Card Trader loot card (1)

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This collector found this box in a retail bargain bin for less than $10, and that alone makes ripping into one of these a little more interesting since the odds are pretty tough, if not impossible, for autographs. This set was released at the same time as the film — yet there aren’t any spoilers because it’s ultimately only about the photos. There’s literally nothing on the backs of any cards in this set that offer any details about the characters, what’s happening on the fronts or anything else for that matter. This has an interesting retro feel in that regard — a 1970s non-sport vibe to a degree — but this collector doesn’t think it works that well for a movie where, unless you are a diehard, there’s a lot of learning about who’s who. One could argue that cards aren’t where that should happen with a complicated Star Wars universe — but I’d argue that they are one place where it could happen. These cards could have taught me about the movie even after seeing the it. (For the record, this is among my least-favorite Star Wars films.) … The design of the base set is advanced for a basic Topps set with a unique feel that’s a definite thumbs up. The parallels look pretty solid with their colored versions of the basic design and the number of inserts is impressive in its volume and variety. Again, though, none of them have any info about who’s on them. … The medallion cards seem to be a visual hit here — some look pretty good — and this box delivered there just like it should statistically. In fact, all card types in the product were found here except for an autograph. Those have listed retail odds of one in every 31,184 packs, so at one in 3,000-plus boxes you had better hit hobby if you want ink. The good news is that there are a couple notable autos in this release. All in all, the lack of info on card backs is quite jarring but once you get past that (or if you can), then there’s something to see here once a set is complete. The autograph lineup here is small — but pretty solid — so that helps its overall grade quite a bit.

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
 B
Fun Grade: B (a little more fun at half price)

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