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The box: 2017 Topps WWE NXT cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: Initially only at Target ($19.99) (click here for hobby)
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 73
Base set completion: 34 of 50 (68 percent)
Roster (base) cards: Asuka, Akam, Alexander Wolfe, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Killian Dain, Billie Kay, Elias Samson, Eric Young, Johnny Gargano, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Nick Miller, Nikki Cross, No Way Jose, Oney Lorcan, Peyton Royce, Rezar, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riot, Sawyer Fulton, Shane Thorne, Tian Bing, Tino Sabbatelli, Tucker Knight, Wesley Blake, Paul Ellering, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Scott Dawson, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger
Insert cards: 38 (see all cards from box in gallery below)
Matches & Moments (34) – Jason Jordan & Chad Gable, Finn Balor & Samoa Joe, Apollo Crews, Bayley, Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, Dash & Dawson, Jason Jordan & Chad Gable, Samoa Joe & Baron Corbin, Dash & Dawson, Finn Balor, Elias Samson, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, The Revival, American Alpha, Finn Balor & Samoa Joe, Apollo Crews, Shinsuke Nakamura, No Way Jose, Samoa Joe, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, Blake & Murphy, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa, Andrade “Cien” Almas, The Revival, The Authors of Pain, TM-61, Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa, Shinsuke Nakamura, Shinsuke Nakamura (no duplicates)
Bronze Matches & Moments parallels (2) – Samoa Joe, American Alpha
Bronze parallels (2) – Dasha Fuentes, Angelo Dawkins
Silver Mat Relics (1) – Mojo Rawley (/25)
What’s Buzz-worthy: This Target-only release is different than its hobby counterpart that has one autograph per pack in that this one is one massive 73-card pack that includes a Relic every time. There are parallels and an autographed version to help mix things up but those are as high as one in 69 boxes (ink). The Shirt Relics seem easier to pull than the Mat Relics in this one, at least based on the odds, while there are also Dual Relics and parallels there. This one is also similar to Topps’ Women’s Division set in that it uses a familiar past design or two in similar/new ways for the release. The base (Roster) set is similar to others where a studio shot sits atop a texture with parallels, while the Matches & Moments cards once again use the Road to WrestleMania design (a third time this year) to focus solely on NXT moments. (That’s curious in that the Women’s Division has its own NXT set — may create some confusion for collectors — but not a huge deal because they work.) Rounding things out in this one are a handful of parallels in a box (something the Women’s Division set needs) and the hit. All in all, if you’re a fan of the young names in the NXT ranks, this is one to consider to rip a few times to build your base set after tearing into some hobby. (Working in some standard auto cards would make this one a bargain no-brainer if you can’t find hobby in your location.) With this being a one-chain retail-only release, the hits could end up being rare in the long run — if some of these names truly arrive on the main roster.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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