Fans of the UFC and MMA may see a familiar face if they tune in to tonight’s final of the WWE‘s Mae Young Classic in Las Vegas.
It’s Shayna Baszler, a MMA veteran who has a 15-11 record and is one of Ronda Rousey‘s friends that made up The Four Horsewomen. Now, Baszler is perhaps primed for a run in a WWE ring and finds herself in the championship match of a women’s tournament that the company has scoured the global independent scene to build.
Because of her stint with UFC, Baszler does have some cardboard already as does her opponent tonight, Kairi Sane, a star from Japan.
It’s a time of change, a time of high-end product exploration and a time of options for many collectors in what we call the sports card industry these days.
Tastes, products and prices continue to evolve as does the business environment that helps bring us our cardboard. For every super-pricey box being made, there are seemingly just as many buyers ready to rip or pick off singles for not-always-so-super prices (but super bargains).
The Buzz has only been around for part of 2015, but Buzz has been here all along as part of the world of collecting. Here are Buzz’s picks for 15 cards that helped define 2015.
2015-16 Upper Deck #201 Connor McDavid RC
The impressive prices being paid for what’s just a simple piece of cardboard with just gloss and some foil stamping shows that fundamentals never go out of style when there’s a big name involved. This time, it’s the No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, a Canadian phenom drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. This photo was selected by collectors and it even has a fun sign of 2015 — the fan showing off a photo on her phone in the background.
A pair of winners in UFC 194 this weekend should be on collectors’ radars a bit more after picking up championships — but don’t think for a second that they’ll immediately appeal to the same crowd.
For new UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, it’s been a journey that started elsewhere — Strikeforce.
It’s inevitable that the shocking demand for Holly Holm‘s Topps UFC cards will come down a bit after her knockout of UFC women’s powerhouse Ronda Rousey on Saturday night, but Holm’s biggest card — and one of her rarer ones, too — is still available.
It can be yours for just $25.
Holly Holm shocked the MMA world on Saturday night by knocking out Ronda Rousey to become the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, dethroning the champ who has been a force in the Octagon and on Topps trading cards.
Holm? Well, she’s just getting warmed up.