Buzz Break: 2017 Leaf Buyback Wrestling autograph cards

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The box: 2017 Leaf Buyback Wrestling autograph cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 11
Base set completion: 

Autographs/Memorabilia: 11 (all in gallery below)
1987 Topps WWF (2) – Greg Valentine, Jim Neidhart
1989 Classic WWF (3) – Gene Okerlund, The Honky Tonk Man, Ted DiBiase
1991 Impel WCW (3) – Ric Flair, Rick Steiner, Butch Reed
1995 Cardz WCW (1) – Jimmy Hart
2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts (1) – Sharmell
2010 Topps WWE (1) – Trent Baretta

What’s Buzz-worthy: I held off on ripping one of these boxes to see if prices would settle down and grabbed one a bit cheaper than the norm, which was a good thing that helped make this particular box a big winner at its price (though still a winner no matter what). The concept here is a simple one — buyback autographs for pro wrestling’s past releases. There aren’t really that many sets produced before the late 1990s, but this one includes a number of cards from those releases. The finds here include a number of WWE Hall of Famers and the box was a top-tier winner with the ink of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. While that one looks OK at a glance, the relatively inexpensive 1991 Impel WCW card does have issues with all four corners (probably an Excellent condition card, unfortunately), so this card really is all about the ink. Other cards here were in standard pack-fresh condition, which is good in general, though one had a wax stain. The Okerlund started things off strong when popping the lid and I found this box to be a good fit for my collection. While I had a Flair or two or five already, there were a few autos here I didn’t have. If you rip multiple boxes of this one, you’ll probably find some repetition of signers — something that hasn’t helped some values for sellers here as there are a lot of signers who are cheap without there being additional volume of cards on the market — but a big plus here is the occasional PSA-slabbed autos in boxes and even some multi-signed cards at times. This is a fun one if you want to chase a good volume of ink — 11 signed cards every time — but while there are iconic names here from the 1980s they’re not always as in-demand as a guy like Flair. This one is fun for a collector wanting wrestling ink as long as you don’t overpay.

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

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One thought on “Buzz Break: 2017 Leaf Buyback Wrestling autograph cards

  1. David Johnson February 2, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Just saw this and thought, “Wow, that does look like a fun box to open”, especially if the price has dropped off. Then I went to the link on Blowout to see what the price was and none were available. Guess it wasn’t meant to be.


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