Typical of the product, there are 100 base cards in the set this year, 50 retired players (numbered to 499), and 50 rookies (numbered to 499). A blaster contains 8 packs of 8 cards, with one insert or short print base included.
The first pack brought me an extra of the one base card I already owned of this product, Jordy Nelson. The design is good; I like the shininess and the use of colors. It would be nice to have a background in the picture, but the design behind is attractive enough. At first, I thought the Greg Olsen was a parallel because it is just similar enough to the base design, but upon closer inspection, I realized that this was an insert set.
I've recently become interested in starting a Heisman winner mini-collection, and this pack brought me three Heisman winners. Does anybody know all three? The Earl Campbell is not only a shorter printed retired player, but a Blue Spectrum parallel to boot.
Here is a Khalil Mack pack attack, with the base and the Xtreme Team insert. I like the Xtreme Team look, but I'm wondering why they needed two separate photos on the front, which feature the exact same photo twice.
Before I even opened anything from Absolute this year, I already had my sights set on the Unsung Heroes set. It's not my favorite design. When I put it in my binder, the names are upside-down. But I like the concept and the checklist of the set. I now have 2 (Woodhead and Brett Keisel) and would be interested in any others.
Here is another Red Zone insert. I think I know somebody who might have an interest in this one. My favorite in this pack is the Jeremy Maclin, though. I love that even though they cut out everything in the photo except the featured player, they kept the ball in the air on this card. I'm not sure if/how this catch was made, but it appears to me that it may have been bobbled or off of a tipped pass.
What is Jay Cutler doing? He looks ridiculous, and that's just as well, because as Packers fan, I always view him as ridiculous. I want to hear from Bears fans: are you happy he's gone? Do you expect Glennon to be an upgrade? I'm curious. The T.Y. Hilton is a Blue Spectrum parallel, but I didn't notice at first because the blue foil fits in so well with the team colors.
Here's a blurry photo featuring another former Bear and another Xtreme Team insert, one that I'm keeping for my new Heisman mini-collection.
Sterling Shepard finishes up the box, but not the rookie base. That means I found exactly zero rookies in this blaster. The final tally looks like this:
- Base: 56 of 100
- Retired: 0 of 50 (unless you count the parallel toward the set)
- Rookies: 0 of 50