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The box: 2017 Topps WWE Women’s Division wrestling cards (box)
Where to buy: Initially only at Walmart ($19.98)
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 81
Base set completion: 41 of 50 (82 percent)
Notables on base cards: Asuka, Ember Moon, Mandy Rose, Ruby Riot, Brie Bella, Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Maryse, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Eve Torres, Elizabeth, Trish Stratus, Beth Phoenix, Ivory, Kelly Kelly, Torrie Wilson
Insert cards: 39 (see all cards from box in gallery below)
Matches & Moments NXT (20) – Emma, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Asuka, Asuka, Nia Jax, Bayley, Bayley, Carmella, Bayley, Asuka, Asuka, Nia Jax, Mandy Rose, Ember Moon, Asuka, Asuka, Nikki Cross, Asuka, Asuka (no duplicates)
Matches & Moments WWE (19) – Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Nikki Bella, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Team Raw, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Natalya, La Luchadora, Bayley, Alexa Bliss (no duplicates)
Blue Mat Relics (1) – Lana (/25)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Does lightning strike twice? Perhaps, and we’ll see with the arrival of this one — the second WWE women’s product in as many years after a more than a decade without one. The base set design here is once again a re-do of a past Topps soccer design — perhaps an improvement over last year’s set but a substantial number of the photos are the same as last year. The two Matches & Moments insert sets found in these boxes (Topps is treating them more like one set alongside the main roster cards) are numbered with NXT and WWE prefixes and with separate numbering using the design of this year’s Road to WrestleMania set. Those sets offer a meaty look at specific moments from late 2015 to early 2017 in chronological order. It will likely confuse some with that same design used but this collector likes the depth of moments. The hits are one per box — a combination of autographs, shirt Relics, mat Relics, kiss cards and new this year are manufactured belts. How that breaks down is a little confusing as the easiest is autographs at one in 10, shirt Relics one in 12, mat Relics not mentioned (but parallels start at one in 13), belts one in 15 and kisses one in 67. How that combines with the various parallels to land at one per box is a bit unclear. This box included a rarer mat parallel and was the best of four boxes this collector ripped. Two were belts (not ideal to this fan) and the other was a standard mat. Introducing manu-relics hurts this one if you ask me. Autographs weren’t super-plentiful last year but it seemed stronger than this. There were also no numbered parallels in this box (or any of the others) with those start at one in 13 packs. (Remember, this is a one-pack box.) They also seemed more plentiful last year — low-numbered cards seemed to deliver often but not every time — so that may be an indicator that this one could have a more plentiful print run. That’s likely anyway with hanger boxes and jumbo packs that are the homes for specific insert sets depending on the format. All in all, this isn’t a bad set, but my small run of boxes didn’t seem to deliver as well as last year, which was, indeed, electric.
Product Grade: B
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B-
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