The Forgotten TTM Sport

January 24, 2017

Written By: Jason Dean Martin

Through the mail (TTM) autographs have been around for years, decades even as children and adults have pursued any means necessary for obtaining their favorite athlete’s signature. But, what I have often noticed is many collectors focus on the four major sports (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey) with auto racing being a possible fifth addition to that list.  Usually, professional wrestlers are left out when considering TTM options because they tend to travel more than any other athlete.  However, I’m here to tell you that these athletes cannot be overlooked as they can tend to actually be more accessible than athletes from the more popular sports and because a handful of wrestlers are former pros in the “big four” sports.

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BOX BREAK: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE Blaster

Kin Kinsley
October 16, 2016

Earlier I posted a hobby box break of this same product.  I picked this blaster up yesterday and decided I wanted to put the set together.  Originally I picked up a Heritage High Number Baseball blaster, but decided to go with this instead.  After getting the complete set in the hobby box, my hope with this blaster was to get some help on the insert sets I need to finish off.

The blaster boxes contain five nine-card packs and one “relic” pack.  I had no idea what to expect in the relic pack, having done no research.  To my surprise it had two cards.  One was the relic, and there was another.  I am not sure if this is normal or not.

I ended up with two of The Rock inserts in just five packs.

The second Rock cards was in the last pack.  There was also another parallel in that one.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the box.  Hoping to trade some of them off to complete the insert sets I’m still working on.  What I can say is that I will likely buy the hobby boxes going forward.  These are still always good if I’m at Walmart and make an impulse purchase.

BOX BREAK: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE Hobby Box

Kin Kinsley
October 16, 2016

Earlier today I headed over to Duane’s Sportscards, thinking that there was a card show there this weekend.  I was incorrect, it is next weekend, so I spent a little time in the shop.  After yesterday grabbing a 2016 Topps Heritage WWE blaster at Walmart, I looked to see if Duane’s had hobby boxes.  They did.  I decided I want to complete this set, since the design is the same as 1986 Topps Baseball, the first set that I owned.

Per Beckett.com:
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 9
Boxes per case: 12
Set size: 110 cards

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:
• Autographs, Memorabilia Cards, Manufactured Patch Cards and Printing Plates – 2 Total
• The Rock Tribute Inserts – 4
• Record Breakers Inserts – 24
• Turn Back the Clock Inserts – 24
• WCW/nWo All-Stars Inserts – 24

I can say that my box was exactly what was expected.  That is a very good thing.

BASE SET:
I was very pleased that there was a complete 100-card set in my box.  This means that unless I want to chase hits, or get the last few inserts that I need, I do not need to purchase another box.  I also ended up with 25 duplicates.  I would have been really excited if any of them were Bayley, Kevin Owens or Bray Wyatt…but it is what it is.

BASE SET PARALLELS:
The box contained two of the silver parallels, which are numbered to 50 and hobby exclusives.

RECORD BREAKERS is a 30 card set that is inserted one per pack.  I ended up with 24 of the 30 cards in the set since there were no duplicates.

TURN BACK THE CLOCK is a 15 card set, inserted one card per pack.  I ended up with a complete set and nine duplicates.

WCW/NWO ALL STARS is the third set inserted at one per pack.  I did not receive any duplicated, so I have 24 of the 40 cards in the set.

THE ROCK TRIBUTE are one in six packs.  I received the expected four cards.

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2016 Topps Heritage WWE – The Rock Tribute Cards #23, 25, 28 & 30

Each box does state on the outside that there are two hits per box, and that’s what I received.  I’m not always the biggest fan of Topps, but at least on the WWE cards I have purchased over the past few years, they have not done me wrong.

I received one autographed card.  I am quite happy that these are on-card and not stickers (or at least mine was).  Tyler Breeze isn’t one that really does anything for me, but never do we as collectors end up with that “perfect” box.

Much like I said with the Tyler Breeze card, Naomi isn’t the Kiss Card that would have been at the top of my list.  However, some of the top female names were not included in this set.  Also, these are inserted at just a little more than one per case, so I really can’t complain.

I’ve bought a solid amount of Topps WWE product over the last handful of years.  I have not ever been disappointed.  What was different this time was that this is actually the first hobby box I have bought.  I’ve always picked up Walmart blasters or rack packs before today.

As someone wanting a complete a set, a hobby box is probably the best way to go.  I was able to get the complete base set and did well on the three one-per-pack insert sets.  There’s no guarantee that in three blaster boxes I’d complete a set.  It’s likely, but there’s no guarantee.  Those are $19.99 a pop, so why not just buy the hobby box and get a guaranteed couple of hits?  I will probably move all of mine just to recoup the some of the money that I basically paid for my set.  I’m a happy guy and this is certainly the approach I will take on WWE sets going forward.

The WWE ToppsNOW Cards Are Limited…and Pricey!

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Jason Dean Martin

August 25, 2016

Topps released the first five WWE Topps NOW cards this past Monday, the day after Summerslam while also giving collectors a heads-up over the weekend that they were coming.  Even with the advanced notice, the highest print run any of the five cards will receive is #4 Finn Balor at 221 copies! Of the other four cards, all have print runs between 114-132.

And with a limited supply available, you can be sure that these will (and already are) command big bucks!

Topps priced these cards the exact same way they do for baseball, $9.99 per card or buy all of that day’s offerings at a discounted price. However, if you missed your opportunity within the 24-hour window, trying to purchase one on the secondary market could prove to be difficult and expensive.

Let’s crunch some numbers!

In searching “2016 wwe topps now” on eBay, you’re given 164 results with only 11 consisting of the five cards from this release. That’s less than 10%! Prices from that search range from just under $19 to approximately $30 per card with two sets currently listed for sale at $99.99 and $144.44. If you check the completed sales, an A.J. Styles and a Finn Balor card have each sold for $49.99.

While I don’t foresee a ton of WWE ToppsNOW cards being released in the future, I would definitely consider buying from Topps directly any cards of WWE Superstars that I may want to add to my collection instead of waiting for them to hit eBay.

My first #WWE #Autograph – Bray Wyatt

It’s not technically my first, but it’s the first that I plan to keep.  A couple of years ago I pulled one from a rack pack at Walmart, but I sold it.

Jason posted this in a B/S/T Facebook group.  I saw it and once I found out it was hard signed, I had to get it.   Continue reading

BOX BREAK: 2015 Topps Heritage WWE Blaster #3

The third of my three blasters of Heritage was about the same as the first two, but that’s what I expected (links to posts on the first two boxes below).  I picked these up because I want to do the set.  If there’s anything I can “move,” that’s a bonus, but I don’t expect it.  I have already sold off the three packs that have the relics.  I was able to get $20 (before the ridiculous eBay and Paypal fees), so I essentially paid for one blaster.

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In each of the first two boxes, I got just one of the black border cards.  I was surprised to see two in this one.  It’s a shame neither was one that I would keep.  I’ll likely just post them for sale on my Sports Card Direct storefront.

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I have no idea who all is in this set, but I will assume it is most of the former nWo members.  There were one of these per blaster.  After hitting the Big Boss Man (one of my all time favorites) in box one and the Bret Hart in box two, this one was a bit of a disappointment.  As we know with cards, they can’t all be winners.

There was nothing else too noteworthy, but as I was going through this box, I had a thought.  The “Then and Now” inserts made me think of how cool it would be to have father/son cards.  For all I know, this may have happened in another set.

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I would love to see both of these guys on one card.  What about a dual auto?  Maybe it’s happened and I just don’t know it.  If they had to throw Bo Dallas on there I wouldn’t be as excited, but he is a part of the family.

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You could also picture these three superstars with their fathers Mr. Perfect, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Cowboy Bob Orton.  If you wanted to go deeper into family ties, you have plenty of cousins on the current WWE roster.

I’d love it if they could do that with signatures.  One unique thing about WWE, unlike sports, is that you could catch most wrestlers at one event at one time.  There shouldn’t be a need for sticker autographs if you wanted to put multiple guys together.  What I think are great ideas for the card companies, they probably don’t agree with.  It doesn’t appear they want to think outside the box and put much try into their products.

I guess that’s why I’m mostly a vintage guy now.

BOX BREAK: 2015 Topps Heritage WWE Blaster #2

BOX BREAK: 2015 Topps Heritage WWE Blaster #1

BOX BREAK: 2015 Topps Heritage WWE Blaster #2

One of my favorite things about the WWE Topps sets is that they include the legends.  I watch sporadically these days, but I was very devoted as kid (and in college).  It’s cool to see cards of the guys of my youth and get that momentary blast from the past.  Some of my fondest youth memories are watching wrestling and Star Wars with my dad.

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Cards #38 (Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat), #32 (Money, Inc. – The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster (Mike Rotunda)) and #4 Bam Bam Bigelow

These guys were some of my favorites as a kid.  Ricky Steamboat was my first “favorite.” I believe that I cried when Macho Man took a ring bell to his throat on Saturday Night Main event.  Later on I liked the heels more, as you can tell in the pic above with The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Irwin R. Schyster and Bam Bam Bigelow.  There was no Mr. Perfect or Big Boss Man in this box.

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Card #65 (Bray Wyatt) and #66 (Brock Lesnar)

Two of my current favorites.  I have always liked Brock Lesnar.  Say what you want about the man, but he is an athlete.  If you didn’t know, Bray Wyatt’s name is Windham Rotunda.  His father is Mike Rotunda, Irwin R. Schyster in the picture above.

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There was one black border and one nWo card in the box, which is right on stated odds.  I did get two of the 2k16 cards, after only one in the first box I opened.

If you haven’t seen the first post to know, I’m selling the relic packs included in each box.  They are unopened.  I figured I’d give someone else the fun.

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