2010 Donruss Football Rated Rookie Box SetBox Price: $19.99
Good: 1 Autographed Rated Rookie per box set, Deep rookie checklist, Great value, Crisp card design, Updated teams for several rookies who've changed uniforms since being drafted
Bad: Cardboard on cardboard box (no inner plastic protection), The only mystery is which autograph you will get, No LeGarrette Blount, Nearly impossible to pull an autograph featuring a top tier rookie
The card design is simple and doesn't try to do too much, which suits the product perfectly. Prior to opening the product, I was expecting the cards to be made of thin stock and feel cheap, but those expectations were unfounded as the stock is fairly thick and features a decent coat of UV gloss.
The only real weakness of the RRBS's card design comes way of the sticker drop autographs. I wonder when card company's are finally going to realize how bad a sticker drop looks on glossy cards, they should have two different types of stickers, one for use with glossy cards and another for use with non-glossy cards. Although the sticker drops used in RRBS bother me far less than most products due to the cheap price point.
The all rookie checklist is fantastic and offers collectors a deep look at the 2010 rookie class. Although Dan LeFevour's cards are worthless in my eyes, it was refreshing to see him in a Bengals uniform rather than a Bears uniform. LeFevour was cut by the Bears in the preseason and I might be mistaken, but this is the first product to feature him on the correct team.
The set includes big names like Tebow, Bradford, Suh, Bryant and Mathews, but perhaps the most impressive part of the product is amount of lesser known rookies that grace RRBS's checklist. The only glaring omission is LeGarrette Blount, which at this point borders on heresee seeing as how he rushed for 1,000 and had the best season of any rookie running back. It would be great if extended the checklist to 150-250 next year, how cool would it be if there was a product that had every single 2010 rookie!?
You really can't go wrong paying $20 for 100 Rated Rookies and 1 guaranteed Rated Rookie auto. However, I do feel it necessary to point out that it borders on impossible to pull a Bradford, Tebow and many of the top tier rookie autographs, but there's plenty of interesting autographs that are fairly easy to pull such as Joe Webb, which was more than fine with me.
Fun Factor: 4.25/5
One of the most enjoyable things about the Rated Rookie Box Set is that there is essentially a 0% chance of ending up with a bad case of buyer's remorse, which is the single greatest problem in cards. For collectors looking for some quick football card fun, the RRBS is just the box for you. I think kids would especially enjoy this set.
The Bottom Line: 4.3/5
The 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie Box Set is essentially a blaster box on steroids. The 100 card box set delivers plenty of big name rookies like Bradford, Tebow and Bryant in addition to a refreshing amount of lesser known rookies. If you're a collector on a budget or simply looking for some quick football card fun, I highly recommend you consider grabbing one of Panini's Rated Rookie Box Sets. Each $20 box set delivers a 100 card Rated Rookie Set in addition to 1 guaranteed Rated Rookie Auto.