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The box: 2017 Topps WWE Then Now Forever (aka Topps WWE Series 2) wrestling cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 165
Base set completion: 98 of 100 (98 percent)
Notable names pulled on base cards: Brie Bella, Jerry Lawler, Harley Race, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Charly Caruso, Dean Ambrose, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Mickie James, Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Lana, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Mandy Rose, Andre The Giant, Bret Hart, Bruno Sammartino, Dusty Rhodes, Edge, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Curt Hennig, Roddy Piper, Shawn Michaels, Sting, Steve Austin, Trish Stratus
Rookie/First NXT Cards: James Ellsworth, Tyler Bate, Akira Tozawa, Ariya Daivari, Shinsuke Nakamura, Aleister Black, Killian Dain, Lacey Evans
Insert cards: 65 (all hits & some sample inserts/base in gallery below)
Silver parallel (1) – Andrade “Cien” Almas (/25)
Bronze parallel (12) – Sting, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Fandango, Lex Luger, Kalisto, Jeff Hardy, Edge, Akam, Killian Dain, Sami Zayn, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Jojo
John Cena Tribute (4) – Defeats Seth Rollins, Defeats The Rock, Defeats Rusev for U.S. Championship, Defeats Rusev in an “I Quit” match
Finishers (48) – Stars here include John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, The Rock, Triple H, Randy Orton, Undertaker, Kane, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Mick Foley, Booker T, A.J. Styles, Finn Balor, The Miz, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, Drew McIntyre, Aliyah, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Dean Ambrose, No Way Jose, Ember Moon, Eric Young, Hideo Itami, Nikki Cross, Billie Kay, Tye Dillinger, Buddy Murphy, Peyton Royce, The Authors of Pain, The Revival, TM-61, The Hype Bros., #DIY
Blue Autographs (1) – Kurt Angle (/50)
Gold NXT Takeover: San Antonio Mat Relics (1) – Eric Young (/10)
What’s Buzz-worthy: As said in a previous hobby box break here, this second series of Topps’ WWE flagship starts off the base cards with No. 101 and includes a new selection of current and past stars for WWE and NXT. The parallels are the same but the inserts here come two or three times per pack between the Finishers, the latest Cena cards and the parallels. There are some big autos here — most notably the first Topps ink for Stephanie McMahon (just her second auto ever) and Triple H. Each of these is signed on-card and are likely to be much rarer than other signers. This box included a rarer parallel auto from Kurt Angle, who hasn’t had WWE ink since 2006 and an even rarer Relic parallel of a veteran who’s new to NXT. Throw in a rare parallel and this box delivered pretty well — way better than it should have statistically. With an autograph guaranteed in every box, this is one to seriously consider vs. some WWE boxes in past years (autos not always guaranteed) and there is a good mix of stuff to find here, though the lineup is a tad simple.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: A
Fun Grade: B+
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