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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 Star Wars Journey to The Last Jedi Hobby Box Break

This early fall set leading up to the December Star Wars release has become an annual event.   It also ends up following a familiar format.  The release features cards of all the Stars Wars movies and cartoons, as well as a few preview pics from The Last Jedi.  Once again, the design from the original vintage Star Wars series is used.  It’s starting to feel a bit overused at this point.  It seems multiple years using the same design is going to start getting confusing as years go by.

You also see familiar parallels and insert sets included in this release.  Aside from a handful of cards, it doesn’t really feel that new.  A box advertises 24 packs with 8 cards per pack, including two hits per 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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2017 Topps WWE Heritage Hobby Box Break

It’s nice to have a little break from the Aaron Judge hysteria. The year, Topps Heritage WWE gets to a fan favorite (and much reused) design, in the 1987 Topps Baseball wood borders. It brings back various design features from that release, such as Future Stars and trophy cards, as well.

Mixed in with this is a collection of SummerSlam moments from over the years and SummerSlam All Stars.

A box advertises 24 packs of 9 cards each, includign two hits per box. One of those hits is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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