Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage WWE hobby box (Hour 4)

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 … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE (hobby)
The cost:

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 215
Base set completion: 100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 16

Notables on base cards – The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Charlotte Flair, Goldberg, Mick Foley, Maryse, Trish Stratus, Sasha Banks, Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho, Becky Lynch, John Cena, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Andre The Giant, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Lana, Roman Reigns, Triple H, Undertaker, Dusty Rhodes, Edge, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Sting

Rookie (Cup) Cards/NXT Future Stars (18) – Asuka, Bobby Roode, Ember Moon, Eric Young, Hideo Itami, Johnny Gargano, Liv Morgan, Tommaso Ciampa, Austin Aries, Bayley, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Chad Gable, Jason Jordan, Mojo Rawley, Shinsuke Nakamura

Insert cards: 98 (see a sampling in the gallery below)
SummerSlam All-Stars Magenta Printing Plate (1) – Undertaker (/1)
Silver parallel (1) – Andre The Giant (/25)
Blue parallel (1) – Trish Stratus (/99)
Bronze parallel (12) – Sid Vicious, Kevin Nash, Rob Van Dam, British Bulldog, Undertaker, Sami Zayn, Jimmy Uso, Chad Gable, Eric Young, The Rock, Karl Anderson, Lana
SummerSlam All-Stars (24) – Notables include Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Ultimate Warrior, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, John Cena
Bizarre SummerSlam Matches (8) – Big Boss Man, Mankind, X-Pac, Ken Shamrock, Ric Flair, Rusev, Kane, Bray Wyatt
Thirty Years of SummerSlam (48) – Notables include Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, The Hart Foundation, Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Mankind, Triple H, Steve Austin, Undertaker, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, John Cena, Edge, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Finn Balor
John Cena Tribute (4) – Wins ninth WWE championship, Wins WWE tag championship, Wins WWE championship at WrestleMania XXVI, Wins the 2012 Money in the Bank

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Gold Autographs (1) –
Fit Finlay (/10)

What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a past break here, the Heritage brand is one that combines the stars of today on the designs of yesterday and in WWE that also means the checklist is a blend of the past and present. This is a fun blend of the 1987 Topps WWF design and the 1987 Topps baseball design — the best of both worlds — in a product that also takes a particular look at SummerSlam. This box delivered well with a rare auto (1:446) and a much rarer printing plate (1:8,805) of a top name. It also included some rarer parallels and a smattering of the inserts one would expect to find here. … The printing plate counts as a second hit — but at least I managed to avoid any of the manufactured patches — those are 1987 Topps sticker nods that I’d punt far, far away from the WWE Universe. Inserts here once again feel similar to base cards — they use modified subset designs from the 1987 WWF release — like previous recent Heritage sets. That’s a slight negative but the rest is so good I can overlook it. … This is a solid take on the 1987 designs and collation here was perfect and even close on the insert sets — a definite plus. … Heritage WWE has always been a bit overlooked value-wise during the last few years (excluding a decade ago where it was collected hard and released regularly) and it’s by far one of the best releases on the calendar for a few reasons.

Product Grade: A-
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A-

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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