Buzz Break: 2013 Topps Best of WWE wrestling cards

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d-generation-xThe box: 2013 Topps Best of WWE wrestling cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (if available)

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 163
Base set completion: 
77 of 110 (70 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Dusty Rhodes, A.J. Lee, C.M. Punk, John Cena, Vince McMahon, Dolph Ziggler, D-Generation X, Trish Stratus, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Mick Foley, Bruno Sammartino, Undertaker

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Insert/short-print cards: 84 (gallery of inserts and notable base cards below)
Silver parallel (1) – C.M. Punk Floors The Rock
Bronze parallel (12) – Randy Orton, D-Generation X, C.M. Punk, Cody & Dusty Rhodes, John Cena, Brock Lesnar & Shawn Michaels, Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Undertaker, Undertaker & C.M. Punk, John Cena & Brock Lesnar, The Shield
Top 10 — Tag Team Champions (7) – Air Boom, Big Show & Kane, Kofi Kingston & Kane, Shomiz, Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, Primo & Epico
Top 10 — Rivalries (7) – Undertaker vs. Kane, C.M. Punk vs. John Cena, Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels, Triple H vs. Randy Orton, John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar, Triple H vs. Batista, Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero
Top 10 Trash Talkers (8) – The Rock (Silver), Triple H, Roddy Piper, John Cena, The Miz, Shawn Michaels, Paul Heyman, A.J. Lee
Top 10 Undertaker Matches (7) – vs. Triple H, vs. Steve Austin, 2007 Royal Rumble, vs. Batista, vs. Kane, vs. Randy Orton, vs. C.M. Punk
Top 10 World Heavyweight Champions (6) – Randy Orton (Bronze), Batista, Kane, C.M. Punk, Booker T, Daniel Bryan
Top 10 Greatest WWE Moments (9) – Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (Gold), John Cena vs. Triple H (Bronze), Eddie Guerrero vs. Brock Lesnar, The Rock, John Cena, C.M. Punk, C.M. Punk vs. John Cena (2), Vince McMahon
Top 10 Catchphrases (6) – Undertaker (Silver), Daniel Bryan, Zack Ryder, Damien Sandow, Vickie Guerrero (2)
Top 10 Intercontinental Champions (6) – Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, William Regal (2), Santino Marella, Ezekiel Jackson
Top 10 Finishers (6) – Randy Orton (Bronze), John Cena, C.M. Punk (2), Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero
Top 10 WWE Champions (9) – The Rock (Bronze), Undertaker, C.M. Punk, Sheamus, Eddie Guerrero, The Miz (2), JBL (2)

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Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
WrestleMania 29 Mat Relic (1) – 
Randy Orton
Shirt Relics (1) – The Great Khali
(referee shirt)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This brand is the best of times and the worst of times all in one — and it’s the brand that quickly evolved into Topps’ Road to WrestleMania brand, which we still have with us today. The best parts of this product? Unusual Relics that aren’t easy pulls — an A.J. Lee photosh00t-used teddy bear and hat, wristband and headband Relics from John Cena. They aren’t easy finds (and they weren’t in this box). Also strong? The recap of the year leading up to this release via a set of highlight cards with memorable photos of them all. The worst of times here? The toxic combination of very skinny card stock and dark borders (see that corner above?), a run of 10 Top 10 insert sets where the top three cards in each are tiered and rarer. (The No. 1 Golds are a combined one per box, the No. 2 Silvers are a combined two per box and the No. 3 Bronzes are a combined four per box.) Meanwhile, the rest of the cards are heavily found in packs — sometimes with duplicates. It’s not a bad idea — there’s just nothing to balance it out and these cards are also on super-skinny stock that shows wear right out of the pack. … Autographs are not found in every box — they are one in every 49 packs — but there are some notables. Among them? Dusty Rhodes, Bruno Sammartino, Cactus Jack, Dean Ambrose, Dude Love, Mankind, Mick Foley, Brie and Nikki Bella, Paul Heyman, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Trish Stratus. That’s a strong crop — and there are also dual autos, too. The base set being all highlights does hurt it some from a collectable perspective — those types of cards are not as popular as regular cards — but overall this one is still a decent release. If you can find it cheap, it’s worth a rip. It’s not if the boxes are pricey.

Product Grade: B
Box Grade:
 C+
Fun Grade: B-

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