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2018 Topps WWE Women’s Division Hobby Box Break

Much like the growth in the WWE Women’s Division itself, the trading card release is also getting a higher profile. In years past, we’ve seen a retail release, but now we’re seeing a full hobby release.

The set itself doesn’t seem to have changed very much,  though,

with a small roster set, as well as a Matches and Moments set featuring Raw, Smackdown Live, NXT, and the Mae Young Classic. We also see insert sets focusing on the Mixed Match Challenge, Power Couples, and the first women’s Royal Rumble.  We’ve also come to expect the usual assortment of relics from a WWE release, including pieces of the mat from various events, t-shirt swatches, and manufactured relics of the Women’s championships over the years.  Each box contains 24 packs with 7 cards per pack and advertises 2 hits per box, one of which is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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2018 Topps WWE Hobby Box Break

The 2018 Topps WWE release once again features superstars of the WWE on the current year’s flagship style release. The 100 card base set makes some interesting checklist choices. It’s clear they’re holding back some of the bigger names for the fall release. At least the superstars featured on the box are represented in the cards available.  You will find superstars from Raw, Smackdown Live, and NXT, as well as announcers and others in this base set.

The release feels pretty light on inserts. There is one main insert set, Evolution, which shows various wrestlers over the years. There are also three tribute sets, exclusive to different types of releases. All the rest of the inserts are variations of hits. You also see a regular assortment of parallels.

This box advertises 24 packs of 7 cards each. Each box contains two hits, including one autograph.

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2017 Topps WWE Then Now Forever Hobby Box Break

This release again servers essentially as a second series for the flagship WWE release from earlier in the year. It is a 100 card set continuing after the earlier release as 101-200. We also get to see a familiar insert set in Finishers and Signature Moves, which we just saw in the recent Women’s Division release.

There is one minor complaint I have about the release, and now I

 

wonder if it may not be more common than I had originally thought and I just never noticed. The cover art for the hobby box/packs features John Cena, Finn Balor, and Alexa Bliss. They’re all very high profile names for the WWE, so they make a lot of sense, right? Well, they would, if they were included in the set. None of these have base cards in this release. Yes, Cena and Balor are both included in the common Finishers and Signature Moves insert set, but Alexa Bliss isn’t in that one, either. She is only featured in Kiss Cards, which are 1 in every 913 packs, and roster update cards, which are Walmart exclusives. It just strikes me as odd to put someone on the cover, who is very unlikely to be included in the box.

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2017 Topps WWE Women’s Division Blaster Box Break

Unlike the recent NXT release, this one is a true retail exclusive for Walmart.   The blaster box has a similar configuration to the NXT retail offering, with a single pack inside, but this one offering 81 cards, including one hit.   The set also follows with same base insert format with a 50 card roster set, and a 50 card Matches & Moments set, broken up between NXT and WWE.

This looks like a fun set, combining current women wrestlers and future stars from NXT, with some legends from past years.

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2017 Topps WWE NXT Blaster Box Break

This feels like a bit of a different release.  I remember seeing a lot about the Hobby Boxes for this, mentioning one autograph per pack, in a ten pack box.  There were only seven cards per pack, and the boxes were priced as you’d expect for that many autographs.  I didn’t really expect to see it pop up for a reasonable base price at retail.  If you’re a set collector, retail is definitely the way to go.  While a hobby box would get you 70 cards, 10 of which are autographs for almost $200, a blaster box gets you 72 cards + 1 relic for normal blaster pricing.

There isn’t really a standard base set here.  Instead, you get two different base inserts, Roster Cards and Matches & Moments.  Each of them has a full assortment of parallels, as well.  The box contains one single pack, rather than a number of packs like most blaster boxes seem to have.

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