Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE NXT wrestling cards (two hobby boxes)

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The box: 2016 Topps WWE NXT wrestling cards
Where to buy: Initially only via Topps.com
Checklist: Click here to view

 


BOX ONE
Packs per box:
 1
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 5
Base set completion: 
3 of 50 (6 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards: Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, No Way Jose

BOX TWO
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 5
Base set completion: 
3 of 50 (6 percent)
Duplicates:
 0

Base cards: Alexa Bliss, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura

 

BOX ONE
Insert cards: 1 (all cards in break in gallery below)
Silver parallel 
(1) – Andrade “Cien” Almas (/25)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
NXT Autographs (1) – Peyton Royce (/99)

BOX TWO
Insert cards: 1
Bronze parallel (1) – 
Rusev (/50)

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Bronze NXT Autographs (1) – Billie Kay (/50)

What’s Buzz-worthy: The stars of WWE’s developmental promotion, NXT, have helped transform the main roster in recent years and the next wave of talent got their own cardboard via this online-only release last year. (The same approach of an autograph in every pack must have done OK because it’s going full hobby distribution with 10 packs per box this year.) These two boxes delivered pretty well with an on-card autograph and a parallel in each pack and none of them were over 99 copies. This collector was pleased to find autographs from The Iconic Duo, Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, tag-team partners from Australia who haven’t had standard autograph cards before this release (both had Kiss autos in Topps Heritage and Divas Revolution last year but no standard ink at the time this one arrived). Another plus in this one is that the second half of the base set is a “Called up” subset which allows the biggest names in NXT history to be found in this set — and Banks, Flair and Bliss definitely qualify there. The only drawback on this one is that the stock is very thin — similar to Road to WrestleMania — but otherwise this wasn’t a bad break. (It helps that this collector got ink he didn’t already have.)  After a strong first impression, I’ll consider more at a later time. Another plus? These singles aren’t really hitting eBay in volume so those who opt to sell may find more demand for these cards vs. other traditional releases.

Product Grade: 
Box Grade:
 A
Fun Grade: A

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