Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2014 Topps UFC Bloodlines box (Hour 2)

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 packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour all day long today … this is Hour 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2014 Topps UFC Bloodlines
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What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 50
Base set completion: 20 of 140 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Junior Dos Santos, Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, Thiago Alves, Benson Henderson, Cub Swanson, Jake Ellenberger, Daron Cruickshank, Ramsey Nijem, Chan Sung Jung, Ryan Bader, Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Menendez, Ilir Latifi, Dominick Cruz, Gegard Mousasi, Donald Cerrone, Michael Bisping, Zach Makovsky, Eddie Wineland

Insert cards: 21 (all in gallery below)
Engraved Engots Gold parallel (1) 
– Anderson Silva (/25)
Red parallel
 (1) – Ronda Rousey (/8)
Black parallel (2) – Kyoji Horiguchi, Jim Miller (/25)
Flag parallel (7) – Kyoji Horiguchi, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort, Andrei Arlovski, Ovince Saint Preux, Urijah Faber, T.J. Dillashaw (/148)
New Guard (3) – Conor McGregor, Jessamyn Duke, Stipe Miocic
Bloodlines Diecut (4) – Takeya Mizugaki, Anderson Silva, Cain Velasquez, Khabib Nurmagomedov
Historic Battles (3) – Chuck Liddell vs. Randy Couture, B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar, Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua

Autographs/Memorabilia: 9
Fighter Autograph (3) – Nate Diaz (redemption), Travis Browne (/245), Jake Ellenberger (/225)
Fighter Autographed Relics (2) – Edson Barboza (/188), Bobby Green (/175)
Jumbo Fight Mat Relics (1) – Junior Dos Santos (/120)
Fighter Jumbo Relics (1) – Urijah Faber (/110)
Fighter Relics (2) – Urijah Faber, Daniel Cormier (/208)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This is a high-end UFC brand that this collector had dabbled with via pack-drafting in the past with some good results, so I figured I’d give it a try with a recent sale price of less than $10 a pack. Why? A hit in every pack with shots at ink and other high-end cards from Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and many others. In this case, there’s also one pack that includes a manufactured Relic instead of a hit — and this box included a rarer parallel of a notable name there. Meanwhile, the rarest card in the box was a parallel of Rousey. The hits included a number of names that made this a comfortable break for the price but ultimately the big-name highlights here are probably the Rousey and the metal card as well as the McGregor insert. At its original price, this might have been a slightly rougher box, but the Rousey card probably had more interest then vs. now as she’s eyeing a WWE run. (But maybe not given the scarcity.) One other notable card possibility here is one we didn’t pull but the first auto cards of Shayna Baszler and her Rookie Cards are also found here — and she recently made her WWE NXT debut. There are a number of other possible highlights so as long as you can find these reasonably priced a box buy isn’t a bad one — there’s safety in numbers with all the hits and inserts that are found. To me, this was a fun rip for the price that definitely showed those flashes of potential. 

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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