Call this one a ‘retro’ Brief Box Break.
With the Boston Celtics and specifically superstar Jayson Tatum being white hot after advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, coupled with the fact that, at this point, we overpaid for it, we decided to rip a 2017-18 Panini Prizm Fast Break Basketball box. Ironically enough, a former Celtics star graces the box and packs, none other than Kyrie Irving.
This 18-pack box guarantees one autograph.With the stacked 2017 rookie class, it could yield some great rookie year cards, too. We will also look for the Fast Break specific rainbow of color Prizm cards.
Each pack contains five cards with current pricing at $550-$650 per box.
Our first pack delivered a Damian Lillard Prizm Fundamentals card.
The second pack didn’t offer anything of a note, so we’re on to the third.
There’s definitely some base star power in pack two led off by LeBron James as a Cav followed up by his good friend and fellow future Hall of Famer Chris Paul.
Our next pack yielded our first red pyramid of Toronto Raptor big man Jonas Valanciunas, numbered to 125 copies.
The next pack made up for the quantity of rookies but not the quality as we pulled a Malik Monk base along with his Emergent parallel as well as a Josh Jackson and Tyler Dorsey RCs.
There was nothing of note in our next two packs.
We definitely got more than our fair share of cards of NBA coaches, to the point of getting one in nearly every pack. I’m not opposed to this idea. Heck, I’m happy to add a Stan Van Gundy rookie card to my collection but there are better places to insert them other than in higher end boxes and packs.
In the next pack we pulled a Nikola Mirotic red numbered to 20 copies.
Two packs later, we immediately saw some heat as soon as we peeled away the foil wrapper….
This base Tatum rookie was definitely one of the cards we were looking for before we proceeded to rip this box and made our Celtics fan/shop owner maybe a little too happy.
The next pack yielded a John Collins RC and nothing else.
Our auto landed in our next pack and it was a nice rookie auto of then Detroit Pistons sharp shooter Luke Kennard. Luke is now a solid contributor to the L.A. Clippers squads.
Unfortunately for us. Nothing in the next two packs. We then pulled a nice purple parallel rookie of Portland Trailblazers sharp shooting big man Zach Collins that was numbered to 75.
There has been plenty of color in the box, which makes it fun, even if none of them held the kind of player you’re hoping to land.
Our final pack held a really nice Giannis Antetokounmpo base card (and a Forkan Korkmaz for those Sixers substitute player fans out there).
Well that’s a wrap for this rather expensive box.
I’d much rather open boxes and packs that are a few years old with established stars in their rookie year that some of the current stuff. Although Tatum Prizm base rookies are still somewhat surprisingly inexpensive and we didn’t land a whole lot of value in anything else, it was nice to still hit the big rookie. We will hang our hats on that.
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