Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 8.
The pack: 1987 Topps WWF wax pack
The cost now: $1.50
The cost then: 40 cents
What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …
Cards per pack: 10 cards (nine cards and one sticker — all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 9 of 75 (12 percent)
WWF Stickers (1) – Bret “Hit Man” Hart
What’s Buzz-worthy: When the 1985 Topps WWF set arrived it was the first officially licensed set for what is now the biggest wrestling promotion in the world but it was on the front end of the company’s exploding growth. This 1987 release comes at its apex at that time and shows us all of the glossy and well-crafted schtick of the promotion at that time in what is a pretty well-crafted set — one that has not yet been emulated in a Heritage release, either. (Could it be this year?) The blue-bordered base cards that are focused on the wrestlers are worth grading consideration though that color does showcase flaws easily. The subset cards aren’t as appealing but they still do a decent job of highlighting the time in and around WrestleMania III, a card that included the memorable “Macho Man” Randy Savage vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant matches. Highlights here are Bret Hart on a base card (Rookie Card) and a sticker while we also get visited by Hogan and George “The Animal” Steele. These boxes are a fun rip at a cheap price and there’s grading potential if you can land a good card with near-perfect printing and cutting. It’s a tiny set that can be built easily from packs as long as you don’t get body-slammed by bad collation.
Product Grade: A
Pack Grade: B+
Fun Grade: B
What’s next? Be back at the top of the next hour …
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