Buzz Break: 2017 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania wrestling cards


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s-l1600The box: 2017 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania
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Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 168
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – John Cena, Sting, Triple H, Lita, Sasha Banks, Shane McMahon, Maryse, Roman Reigns, Charlotte Flair, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, A.J. Styles, Dana Brooke, Bayley


Insert/short-print cards: 66 (gallery of inserts and notable base cards below)
Silver parallel (2) – Undertaker, Triple H (/25)
Bronze parallel (12) – Kalisto, A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose (four different), Shane McMahon, The Rock, The Wyatt Family, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Reigns & Bray Wyatt
John Cena Tribute (4) – Makes his debut, Defeats Chris Jericho, defeats Big Show, 2005 Royal Rumble
WrestleMania Roster (48) – Complete set minus two cards.
plus one WWE Slam Code Card


Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Autographs (1) – Charlotte Flair (/200)
Blue Autographs (1) – Maryse (/50)

What’s Buzz-worthy: If there was a Hall of Fame for revamped trading card sets from Year A to Year B, this one would be a first-ballot inductee. Its simplicity hasn’t changed — recap highlight moments throughout the year — but the design approach has been revamped from a simple rigid photo border to an organic loose design that showcases the photography of the WWE better while allowing for more design touches, larger and bolder show logos and a better placement of the card subject’s name. This makes these feel closer to basic cards than highlight cards and this makes a massive difference. The autographs are nearly all signed on-card for this one — and they are all numbered. This box delivered well with a basic auto and a Blue parallel of top female names in the WWE. It also over-delivered with a pair of Silver parallels. Those numbered cards are a good thing — because that’s about the only drawback here as the parallels can be tough to spot. The insert lineup is super-simple with a couple of Roster inserts per pack and then a John Cena Tribute and parallels. That’s it. This box had perfect collation for the base cards, near-perfect collation for the biggest insert set and delivered well overall. It wasn’t a great year in WWE during this time on the TV but on cardboard you’d think that it was a massive success … because this set, albeit simple, is just that.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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