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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: 44 of 100 (44 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 (in gallery below)
Bronze parallel (5) – Roman Reigns, Karl Anderson, Dean Ambrose, Big E, Greg Hamilton
The Rock Tribute (2) – Takes out The New Day, The Rock Concert
Rivalries (10) – Asuka & Nia Jax, Bayley & Emma, Neville & Tyler Breeze, A.J. Styles & Seth Rollins, Austin Aries & No Way Jose, Finn Balor & Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler & The Miz, Brock Lesnar & Undertaker, Cesaro & Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin & Dolph Ziggler
NXT (10) – Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger, Sawyer Fulton, No Way Jose, Billie Kay, Dash Wilder, Austin Aries, Scott Dawson, Elias Samson, Blake
Shirt Relic (1) – Bayley (/299)
What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous break of this one here, 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. It includes a healthy amount of NXT cards some simple Rivalries cards, a new wave of The Rock Tributes and base set paralleled a few times. You won’t find any autographs here in blasters, but the good news is that the hobby boxes seem to be delivering well. That makes hobby a no-brainer if you’re a regular WWE buyer — and get ready for a new wave of wrestling cards very soon as this year’s flagship is set to arrive next week.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: B+
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