First Buzz: 2017-18 Donruss Optic basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Donruss Optic basketball cards
Arrives: April 4
Box basics: One autograph per 20-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Optic arrives with an on-card autograph for every Rated Rookie and a rainbow parallel that should make for some rim-rocking reactions.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of what’s to come.

The Basics: Collectors will find 20 inserts per box along with their ink, and the Prizm parallel here will include Gold Vinyl 1/1s, Velocity Pink and Velocity Black among the possibilities. …  Hobby Rated Rookies Signatures will include Holo, Blue (/49), Gold (/10) Green (/5) and the 1/1 Gold Vinyls. (Retail details are below.) … Other autographs in this one will include Dominators, Rookie Dominators and Hall Dominators (also with parallels) as well as Signature Series, which also will be paralleled. … Among the inserts will be Retro Series, All Clear for Takeoff, Swishful Thinking, The Rookies, All-Stars and The Champ Is Here. They’ll all be paralleled with cards from 149 copies or less in the rainbow. … A base set size was not announced. … Packs will carry a suggested retail price of $4.25 ($85 per box).


The Retail Basics (previously published here on The Buzz): We’ll once again get blaster boxes with seven four-card packs with a suggested retail price of $19.99 and these will be the home of several exclusives — Rated Rookies Signatures Checkerboards (1/1), Signature Series Blue (/25), Signature Series Checkerboard (1/1), Court Kings Prizms Lime Green (/149), Court Kings Prizms Gold (/10), Rookie Kings Prizms Lime Green and Gold (same numbering) and Hall Kings with the same parallels and volumes. … Generally speaking for the retail run, autographs for Rated Rookies will be on-card and there will be other veteran autographs in Signature Series. Base cards will have Prizms and short-printed Purple Prizms Checkerboard parallels, while Rated Rookies will have Prizms, Prizms Checkerboard, Purple Prizms, Purple Signatures Prizms and Black Signatures Prizms (1/1) in the product. Other purple parallel cards in this one will be found for Signature Series, Court Kings, Rookie Kings and Hall Kings. … In 20-pack display boxes ($2.99 per four-card pack) will be Black and Blue parallels for Hall Kings, Rookie Kings and Court Kings on an exclusive basis. The Blues are /59 and Blacks are 1/1s. Signature Series Holo autos also will only be found in these. … Lastly there will be 12-card hanger boxes ($9.99 SRP) with 36 boxes in a case. These will be the home of Pink (/25) and Orange (/199) Hall Kings, Court Kings and Rookie Kings as well as Pink base Prizms. Also only found here are Pink Signature Series (/25), Pink Rated Rookies Signatures (/25) and Blue Velocity Prizms for all base cards.

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