Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2006 Topps WWE Heritage II box (Hour 10)

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 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2006 Topps WWE Heritage II wrestling cards (hobby) 
The cost now: 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 24 plus one box-topper jumbo card (all inserts and some base in gallery below)
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 119
Base set completion: 
90 of 90 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 22

Notables on base cards – John Cena, Batista, Johnny Nitro, The Rock, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Big Show, Edge, Eugene, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Spirit Squad, Undertaker, Mickie James, Torrie Wilson, Ashley Massaro, Lita, Beth Phoenix, Maria Kanellis, Victoria, Candice Michelle, Gene Okerlund, Kamala, Jerry Lawler, Peter Maivia, Arn Anderson, Mick Foley, Andre The Giant

Inserts: 5
Turkey Red (4) – Superstar Billy Graham, Iron Sheik, Junkyard Dog, Gorilla Monsoon
Bonus WWE Superstar Team jumbo box-topper (1) – Degeneration-X

Autographs/Memorabilia: 2
Autographs (1) – 
Ringside Relics (1) – Hulk Hogan

We see you, Dolph Ziggler …

What’s Buzz-worthy: This was the second year of Heritage for WWE after Topps landed the license to make wrestling cards after Fleer’s closing, and this one is a release that includes an autograph as well as a Relic in every box — something that wasn’t the case in the first year of this brand and hasn’t been the case in a number of WWE boxes in some of the years since. (That can make for a bummer if you pay too much for a box — and they can get pricey since they’re not always easy finds. I considered this price to be a steal and will grab more from where I landed it at some point.) The autographs here are glossed and use silver-foil stickers — not great for Heritage — but that’s how it was back then. The Hogan Relic was a good find though there are only eight different cards there, while Sharmell has a pretty good volume of cards between her time in WCW, WWE and TNA so finding hers wasn’t that impressive. Overall, this release that uses the 1963 (basic Superstars portion of set), 1972 (Divas) and 1954 Topps (legends) baseball designs has a pretty good feel, though the 1954 is the weakest of the three. You can get a classic mix of big names and memorable busts from the recent past in this set but it’s definitely one that’s simple enough you can collect the whole thing. The only big challenges are some of the cards found only in specific pack types and then a John Cena hat Relic that’s just much rarer than other mem cards. This is a fun one that I busted a lot back in the day because it was cheap — and because it delivered. Both of those things make for this being a tougher box to find now.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B+

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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