Buzz Break: 2015 Topps Chrome WWE cards (blaster box)

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The box: 2015 Topps Chrome WWE cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 31
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 3

Notable names pulled on base cards – Stephanie McMahon (2), Hulk Hogan (2), Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, Ric Flair, Sting, Alicia Fox

Rookie Cards/NXT cards (5) – Rusev, Emma, Tye Dillinger, Bull Dempsey, Colin Cassady

Insert cards: 8 (all and more in gallery below)
Refractor parallels 
(6) – Kane, Jack Swagger, Emma, Sting, Larry Zbyszko, Colin Cassady
Hulk Hogan Tribute (1) – Faces Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI
Sting Tribute (1) – Sting and Randy Savage defeat Avalanche and Big Bubba Rogers

Autographs/Memorabilia1
Shirt Relics (1) – Randy Orton

What’s Buzz-worthy: This brand is an odd one in that its flagship (non-Chrome) counterpart might arguably be stronger with a loaded autograph checklist and yet this one is still stacked, too, but with fewer stars on the checklist. There are just 10 autos in Chrome but it’s a crop that includes The Bella Twins, Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Lana, Lita, Roman Reigns and Renee Young. (Meanwhile, the standard set has Bray Wyatt, A.J. Lee, Emma, John Cena, Paige on her only autos, Seth Rollins, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Bret Hart.) You can still find Chrome — this was the best of a few boxes unearthed from a discount bin — but standard wax is very tough. So, that said, why might Chrome blasters be available at a discounted price? Frankly, because of some lousy odds. While you get a Refractor in every pack that doesn’t include a Hogan or Sting insert card, the odds on pulling this no-frills Relic was one in 102 packs (13 boxes!) while any type of Refractor that’s not a standard one starts at one in 55 packs. The good news? There are Superfractors, printing plates, Kiss Cards and autographs found here, which is not necessarily the norm in past WWE blasters. The odds get pretty crazy in some instances — as high as one in 44,439 packs for one type of Relic Superfractor — but there are some interesting possibilities. (Don’t believe me? Check this out. And this one, too. Both are from blasters.) Those boxes are far from the norm — and the norm here can be pretty bad, actually, but the overall product is a strong one with a good mix of old names and new. If you can land these blasters cheap and don’t mind some duds, grip ’em and rip ’em — but hobby boxes are definitely safer.

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

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