In the past few weeks we have received various versions of the new and (generally) very popular Donruss Optic Basketball product in its 2022-23 iteration. We scored on everything from Fast Breaks to Megas to blasters and everything else in the lineup. Each box has its own content exclusives and various configurations, of course.
In this edition of Brief Box Break, we pulled two of them off the shelf–Mega and Retail.
We’ll start with the Mega, which has six packs per box with seven cards per pack.Collectors can expect to find Mega Box exclusive Hyper Pink Prizms, Signature Series Green cards as well as retail exclusive and ultra rare Checkerboard parallels.
In our first pack, we found a base rookie card of Utah Jazz big man Walker Kessler, a colorful Express Lane Anthony Davis insert and a pink parallel of Trae Young.
In our second pack we snagged a nice pink velocity of super hot Nuggets rookie Christian Braun. Braun has made leaps and bounds as far as his hustle, heart and skillset and, in turn, national attention with his timely play and increasingly solid performances in the playoffs and the NBA Finals.
Our third pack didn’t have much to mention other than a Kawhi Leonard splash insert. The design is noteworthy as it shows a raindrop or drop of water into a larger body of water which with its crisp design makes for a nice insert.
Our fourth pack had a base rookie card of the second round pick in last year’s draft, Chet Holmgren, who missed the season with an injury. It’ll be interesting to finally see him on the court next season.
We also hit a nice T-Minus Steph Curry blue and yet another Winner Stays Dennis Rodman.
Our next pack had an Express Lane LeBron James blue and an Optical Illusions James Harden and Joel Embiid dual card.
We hit our rookie silver in our next pack, that of Los Angeles Clippers rookie Moussa Diabate. We also got a My House Paulo Banchero insert card. The Duke man-child proved that Orlando was indeed his house garnering the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
We also pulled another duplicate in a blue Stephen Curry T-Minus insert.
The retail box promotes the fact that you can find 20 inserts or Prizm parallels per box, on average. These offer 20 packs per box with four cards found per pack.
In our first pack, we pulled a Splash insert of Kevin Durant. As I mentioned in our previous Optic break, Splash is a really eye-catching insert with the drop of water behind the player shooting the rock.
There was nothing of note in pack two.
Pack three delivered a silver Prizm My House of Portland Trailblazers superstar Damian Lillard. The image used is perfect as it’s Dame pointing to his wrist as the game was smack dab in the middle of Dame Time.
I’m a big fan of cards showing pictures of significant moments and key, signature imagery of the players featured.
We found nothing major in our next pack or the following pack.
We were definitely filling our homestead with the My House set as the next pack was the home of a Stephen Curry version.
Nothing spectacular in the next pack, just our third purple parallel of a semi star.
More My House and more base in the next pack. Let’s keep it moving.
We hit a lull for a few packs and then pulled a Zion Williamson purple parallel so…still a lull.
We’ve been hitting our expected rate of rookie cards but no one of note as we hit halftime of the box.
It seemed like we were due and lo and behold, out popped a really nice card in our next pack, a black 1 of 1 parallel of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
This is a really noteworthy, current year card of the now NBA champion. A 1/1 is never a bad thing!
The next pack offered a nice T- Minus Giannis Antetokounmpo insert.
We then pulled probably our best rookie of the box in Portland Trailblazers guard Shaedon Sharpe.
We hit an Isaiah Mobley rookie in our last pack and that rounded out the box.
The black KCP 1 of 1 is clearly the highlight of the box.
We did hit our fair share of inserts and rookies. Nothing earth shattering but this one was fun.
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