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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)
Blue parallel (1) – Becky Lynch (/99)
Bronze parallel (12) –Steve Austin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Trish Stratus, JoJo, Aiden English, Killian Dain, Ted DiBiase, Fandango, Sting, Jerry Lawler, Sami Zayn, Edge
John Cena Tribute (4) – Defeats Rusev for U.S. Championship, Defeats Bray Wyatt, Defeats The Rock, Wins World Heavyweight Championship in ladder 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) – Nikki Bella (/50)
NXT Takeover: San Antonio Mat Relics (1) – Rezar (/350)
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 Nikki Bella, a plus, and an NXT Relic of a guy who might make the main roster soon. Throw in a rare parallel of Becky Lynch and this box delivered pretty well — better than it should have. 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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