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The box: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever — aka 2016 Topps WWE Series 2 — (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 11 (10 standard packs plus one Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 71
Base set completion: 43 of 100 (43 percent)
Notable names pulled on base cards: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Sting, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Maryse, Mauro Ranallo (unlabeled RC)
Rookie Cards (logo only) pulled: Enzo Amore, A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Simon Gotch, Braun Strowman
Insert cards: 27 (more in gallery below)
Bronze parallel (5) – Chief Jay Strongbow, Joey Mercury, Norman Smiley, Baron Corbin, General Adnan
The Rock Tribute (2) – Takes out The New Day, The Rock Concert
Rivalries (10) – Neville & Bray Wyatt, Big E & Bo Dallas, Asuka & Nia Jax, Bayley & Emma, Neville & Tyler Breeze, Lana & Nikki Bella, A.J. Styles & Roman Reigns, Rusev & Jack Swagger, Becky Lynch & Natalya, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
NXT (10) – Asuka, No Way Jose, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Samoa Joe, Dash Wilder, Angelo Dawkins, Austin Aries, Scott Dawson, Elias Samson
Royal Rumble Mat Relic (1) – Becky Lynch (/399)
What’s Buzz-worthy: The second series of he flagship WWE set includes many of the big names that went missing in Series 1 but there’s not a formal Series 2 name here to indicate that. Meanwhile, the design is a continuation of the flagship and the numbering starts at card No. 101. (Methinks Vince McMahon wanted the name, not Series 2 … ) This one includes a healthy amount of NXT cards some simple Rivalries cards, a new wave of The Rock Tribute cards and a meaty base set that’s paralleled a few times. If you’re a collector of WWE this is a welcomed new try at something with a second series. If you haven’t it may be one to consider trying just because of the star power and there being a hit in every box. You won’t find any autographs here but the good news is that the hobby boxes seem to be delivering uno at a heavier rate than even Relics. That makes hobby a no-brainer if you’re a regular WWE buyer.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B+
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