Buzz Break: 1999 WNBA Hoops basketball cards

1999-WNBA-Hoops-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 1999 WNBA Hoops basketball cards (hobby box)
1999-WNBA-Hoops-Chamique-HoldsclawWhere to buy: Wherever you can find it reasonably priced

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 360
Base set completion: 
110 of 110 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 110 (yep, a second full set)
Triplicates: 105 (yep, almost a third)
Quadruplicates: 11

Notable names pulled on base cards: Cynthia Cooper, Teresa Weatherspoon, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Nikki McCray

Notable Rookie Cards pulled: Katie Smith, Jennifer Azzi, Chamique Holdsclaw, Dawn Staley, Nykesha Sales

1999-WNBA-Hoops-Lisa-LeslieInsert cards: 13

Award-winners (2) – Lisa Leslie, Cindy Brown
Talk of the Town (3) – Lisa Leslie, Kristin Folkl, Cindy Brown
Building Blocks (8) – Nikki McCray, Rebecca Lobo, Korie Hlede, Tracy Reid, Dawn Staley, Jennifer Gillom, Ticha Penicheiro, Tammi Reiss


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Autographics  (1) – Bridgette Gordon

What’s Buzz-worthy: As an autograph collector with varying interests, Buzz remembered these hobby boxes — the first Hoops WNBA set — rather fondly when discovering them at just $15 apiece. Why? Despite posted odds of an Autographics card one in every 144 packs, nearly every box of this one this collector has ever opened has included one (Literally five or six autos out of seven boxes in the past.) This box was no exception. Why does this matter? Well, it doesn’t as much since the WNBA card landscape changed a lot after this release, but the autograph checklist here are some big names — Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes are in that 13-card set. … These boxes probably should come with a slight disclaimer in that the base cards do lightly stick together inside the packs — there will be light snow on some cards — but nothing as bad as the 2001 Topps baseball box Buzz recently busted. The autograph here was fine as those are gloss-free, but all of the foilboard-fronted insert cards suffered dramatic spots of foil pulled off by the card above them. … As long as you land an autograph in a box of this — though it’s not guaranteed — you should be ok. … This box included nearly three base sets, which is interesting and a plus since many top names in the early history of the league are here. … For the money, the only thing that might top these are the Rittenhouse WNBA boxes that include a couple autos and a couple memorabilia cards inside from a few years later.

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B

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