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2018 Topps WWE Heritage Hobby Box Break

Topps WWE Heritage follows a similar pattern to baseball, but it is not quite as constrained.  While baseball follows year by year, 50 years in the past, baseball seems to skip around a little bit not.  In recent years, we’ve seen 1985 style, leading to 1986 and 1987.  This year, however, they skip 1988 and go right to 1989.  They even add in a little surprise.

While it was in the middle of the junk wax era, the 1989 Topps design is still pretty popular for it’s clean layout. It really brings something to this release.  The base contains 110 cards, plus an additional 9 updated roster cards, found only in retail.  The original design for team leaders is including as an insert set consisting of tag teams and stables.  We also see a small insert set for 2017 Rookies.  Perhaps the best part is an insert set I didn’t expect.  The set features legends on the Topps Big style from that period.  It really adds something to the set, with a design that doesn’t feel as overused as a lot of the others.

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2018 Topps Solo A Star Wars Story Hobby Box Break

A new Star Wars movie means a new Topps release.  This time, it features Han Solo’s origin story.  It’s a fun movie, but it’s a little bit of a departure from the recent releases.  The card set, however, seems to follow a similar pattern.  The base set contains 100 cards, along with many familiar insert sets including Icons, Silhouettes, Stickers, Patch Cards, Sketch Cards, and Autographs.

The base set is a fun design featuring the Millennium Falcon along the edge, and numerous parallels.  I question the black parallel, however.  It looks much more grey than black.  If you have the black and silver together, it is easy to tell which is which, but apart, it may be more difficult.

Maybe it’s just me, but many of the insert designs seem to blend together, as well.  I guess they’re easy if you know what you’re looking for, but they don’t seem quite so obvious at first glance.  The different insert sets are displayed below, so you can judge for yourself.

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2018 Topps Star Wars Black & White Hobby Box

This release snuck up on me.  I didn’t know it was coming until just before it was being released.  I’m not really tied in to the non-movie related releases, so it’s possible I just didn’t know.  I ventured out largely without really knowing what I was getting in to, but thought it could be a fun release.

It’s a pretty bare bones release, with a 140 card base set, and a few insert sets, as well.  The black and white is an interesting imagery

gimmick.  The parallels end up being a slight tint to the cards.  The box’s size really stood out to me.  It’s a box of only seven packs of cards, containing eight cards each.  That’s going to make it a tough set to make from packs.  Each box contains either one autograph or sketch card, as well.  The cards feature great photography, and the base cards do not really waste any space on design, other than the Star Wars logo.  It makes for a different feeling with the cards, to be sure.

It seems a little pricey for what it is, but we’ll see how it holds up.

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2017 Topps Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hobby Box Break

Topps released their latest Star Wars set on the day The Last Jedi opened in theaters. It’s a pretty clean design, and seems a lot more straight forward than recent releases. As usual, the release was pretty hush hush before that day, to prevent any spoilers. This set doesn’t seem to have many spoilers as it doesn’t seem to cover the whole movie and really only shows unknown characters. I think it’s safe to assume most people collecting this cards have already seen the movie before they do, however.

The base set is 100 cards, and comes in a variety of parallels. Many of the insert sets also come in various parallel versions. The box advertises 24 packs of 8 cards, with two hits per box.

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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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