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Grade the Break - 2018 Donruss Optic - 3 Boxes + Bonus

July 21, 2018

Donruss is back with their Optic product. If you are not familiar, this is the "chrome" version of the Donruss base set. A lot of the cards will look familar as it mimics the base set in a lot of ways. They make little changes and also offer a different run of variations (Variation Guide). Donruss put out a Hot Box that contains either 5 Autos or 20 numbered cards, and for the second break in a row, our first box we cracked was a Hot Box. The major downside to this product is the lack of licensing. If this set had licensing, it might be one of the most popular. 

 

PROS

* High Quality Card

* Fun, Easy-to-Spot, and Easy-to-Get Variations

* Lots of colored parallels with numbering

* Legends, Stars, Rookies and Prospects

* RATED ROOKIES!

 

CONS

* Non-Licensed Cards

* Condition - Besides easy smudging, I noticed bad corners, surfacing, and edges. 

* Team Distribution was a little off. No A's at all showed up. 

 

I have always enjoyed ripping Optic product, and I have had good luck. This break was no different. This was a lot of fun. Between the Hot Box, all the variations, and really good autos we opened, I am tempted to order more! This is the most overwhelming Grade the Break post yet, simply because there is so much to over. I'll try not to miss anything. Check out some of the highlights! (sorry in advance for the terrible pics, nothing came out at the right angle)

Our Best Card

Walker Buehler Aqua Rated Rookie Auto /99

 

 

Our Other Hits

Ryan McMahon Orange Rated Rookie Auto /75 - Tough choice between best card, can't go wrong either way

Clint Frazier Grey Rated Rookie /25 - Could have been this one as well?

 

The other autos we received were Dillon Peters, Randall Grichuk, and Andrew Stevenson

 

 

Some of the color and numbered Highlights

 

Some other numbered highlights included Donaldson, D, Smith Rated Rookie, Seager, and two different Goldschmidt 

 

 

VARIATIONS!

Some other variation highlights included Torres #gleybergood x2, Rosario - Queens, Cutch, Lindor - 2x All Star, Chance Sisco - Charm City x2. We opened doubles of Torres, Ohtani, Sisco, 

 

In an effort to keep this entry from going on and on here are some grouped images

 

Lastly, as a Bonus I ripped a box of Archives Snapshots from 2017. It's one pack, 11 cards one of which is an auto. Here's the highlights

 

 

GRADE THE BREAK!

A

So much fun to break this new Donruss Optic. Lots to look for and we got a lot of it! The Hot Box was a great surprise and gave us a lot of nice cards. Our autos were very good and on card autos for the most part. The variety of variations we got was really fun to open up. Kinda wish there was more variations and they were slightly more rare. This break was good from the beginning and was never a let down (the bonus box wasn't great). I will definitely look at doing more of Optic. 

 

Thanks to everyone that joined the break - hope everyone had fun seeing all the fun stuff we opened up. Three breaks coming up with lots of spots left. Check out whats coming up here.  

 

Thanks for reading! - Aaron B

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