Buzz Break: 2013 Panini Golden Age sports cards (hobby box)

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The box: 2013 Panini Golden Age (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 148
Base set completion: 103 of 150 (69 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Tatum O’Neal, Sparky Anderson, Jerry Lewis, Earl Campbell, Grace Kelly, Jim Thorpe, Jimmy Carter, Seabiscuit, Henry Ford, Johnny Carson, Red Grange, Yogi Berra, Mel Ott, Penny Marshall, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mario Andretti, Abraham Lincoln, The Three Stooges and plenty more.

Inserts: 42 (all in gallery below; see more base in previous breaks)
Exhibits (1) – 
Gene Tunney (box-topper)
Short-print variation (1) – Jim Bottomley
Tip Top Bread Labels (1) – Curley Neal
Bread for Energy (2) –
Jim Kiick, Buck Leonard
Headlines (2) –
Denny McLain, S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald
The Three Stooges (1) –
False Alarms
DeLong (2) –
Grantland Rice, Stan Musial
Playing Cards (8) – 
Joker, Buck Weaver, Sham, Bo Schembechler, Mario Andretti, Barry Switzer, Nap Lajoie, Goose Goslin
Nadja Caramels Mini (1) – Henry Fonda
Americans Caramel Mini Red (1) – 
Lana Turner
Carolina Brights Mini Purple (1) – Flight 19 Mystery
Americans Caramel Mini Blue (13) –
Henry Ford, Bob Hope, Harry Houdini, Wyatt Earp, Evel Knievel, Joe Frazier, Erin Blunt, Barry Livingston, Herbert Hoover, Lou Boudreau, Dick Smothers, Mario Andretti, Al Kaline
Carolina Brights Mini Green (8) –
Gary Lee Cavagnaro, Brooks Robinson, Barry Williams, Affirmed, Bo Schembechler, Arnold Rothstein, Ron Guidry, Billy Sunday

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Historic Signatures (1) –
Bobby Richardson
Museum Age memorabilia (1) – 
Grace Kelly

What’s Buzz-worthy: This one has been a go-to for this collector in the past, so you see another one of these here. (Thankfully, I’ve landed my big want here, so I’ll be cutting back on ripping this one even though it’s a serious bargain at its present prices with a rich autograph and memorabilia checklist.) … As said previously here, Panini America’s retro-styled Golden Age brand is one that’s been on the sidelines for the last few years, but this second release is, to this collector, the best of the three. The base set is loaded with “some of the nation’s greatest athletes, entertainers and newsmakers from the Golden Age of America” and it’s one that really showcases the retro possibilities in its inserts and autograph/memorabilia potential. There are minis and there are Exhibit box-toppers that couldn’t be more different and then there are nods to food-issue sets, historic moments and pop culture. The ink found here overall is pretty solid and the roster of inserts was fun. As for this box, it was close to an average box but is helped by a short-print variation. Not my flashiest rip of this one but I’m not mad at it — it’s delivered very well for me in the past.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B+

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