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The box: 2011 Topps WWE Classic cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 142
Base set completion: 90 of 90 (100 percent)
Notables on base cards – A.J. Lee, Batista, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, Eden Stiles, Edge, Jerry “The King” Lawler, John Cena, Kelly Kelly, Randy Orton, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Trish Stratus, Undertaker, Dusty Rhodes, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, The Road Warriors, Roddy Piper
Insert/short-print cards: 1 (gallery of inserts and notable base cards below)
Gold parallel (1) – Primo (seen at right above)
Autographs (1) – Mason Ryan
Relics (1) – Dolph Ziggler
What’s Buzz-worthy: If you wanted an example of how much the world of WWE cards has changed in recent years, look no further than this bare-bones release and the names found in it. It’s a 9o-card set with a one-per-box Gold parallel and then autographs and Relics both found one per box. That’s it — there’s nothing else to be found in these boxes. The simplicity here is nice — you can build a master set — and it’s a quality look and feel, but it’s also a mundane rip. The pluses? These boxes are cheap (regularly under $40) and they are the home of some key autographs that can sell well. The most-notable? A.J. Lee, whose full-name autos (including Lee, not just signed A.J.) command good money. Other autos of note include C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio and Santino Marella — and there are only 16 total autos on the checklist. (Mine? Not strong and we’ll leave it at that — I wasn’t happy.) The base set’s parallels are easy to miss — a Gold frame is the only change and making it harder to notice is because it’s on a holofoil stock. The design stands out quite a bit among past WWE releases (a plus) and the backs are well-designed, too. There’s just nothing to go with them. If you can find these boxes (or cases) cheaply, then it’s worth the rip for the autos alone. There are boxes that are pricier from the past that don’t guarantee ink.
Product Grade: B+
Box Grade: C
Fun Grade: C
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