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The box: 2016 Panini Certified NASCAR (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 3
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 15
Base set completion: 12 of 100 (12 percent)
Base cards – Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip, Glen Wood, Jimmie Johnson, Bubba Wallace, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Truex, Bobby Labonte, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano (car), Martin Truex Jr. (car)
Rookie Cards (1) – Ahnna Parkhurst
Insert cards: 2 (all cards from box in gallery below)
Gold Team Mirror Silver (1) – Tony Stewart (/99)
Mirror Silver (1) – Morgan Shepherd (/99)
Complete Materials Mirror Silver (1) – Ryan Newman (/99)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Here’s a third and probably final bargain-bin pick-up for half price for this brand. It once again included two inserts numbered to 99 copies, while the hit here this time was a four-piece memorabilia card of a NASCAR veteran with sheet metal, firesuit and tire pieces inside. Just like the previous box that included ink, nothing here will break the bank or rev things up into the red on eBay, but it definitely felt like a decent rip for less than $10. (The autograph box was definitely better for the price.) This box’s base cards were pretty strong with some good name power, some old-timers and car cards. Unlike some of the other discount NASCAR blasters making the rounds at retail right now, this brand includes three packs to give you a little more cardboard than some others. If you find these at the sub-$10 level, they should be an instant rip just in case one includes something big — it seems like there are plenty of possibilities here just as we’re working our way toward the first 2018 wax, which arrived at hobby yesterday and should arrive elsewhere soon.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B+
Fun Grade: A-
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