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The box: 2017 Topps Chrome UFC (Hot Box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 96
Base set completion: 63 of 100 (63 percent)
Notables on base cards – Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Chuck Liddell, Amanda Nunes, Anderson Silva, Cris Justino, Stipe Miocic, C.M. Punk, Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Rashad Evans, Nate Diaz, Paige VanZant, Frank Mir, Donald Cerrone, DeMetrious Johnson, Junior Dos Santos, Holly Holm
Rookie Cards (2) – Tom Breese, Louis Smolka
When the newest edition of Upper Deck‘s Goodwin Champions arrives on July 13, it will include some of the biggest names in the sports world, some of the weirdest new cardboard out there and tributes to those who helped America and its allies win World War II.
It’s a collectibles treasure trove and a history lesson all in one.
The frenetic energy of UFC isn’t easily captured on cardboard, but there are many ways you can see the split-second possibilities in the latest Topps set that arrived this week.
You know, like a foot to the face from Joanna Jędrzejczyk — and that can be seen on card No. 57 in 2016 Topps UFC Knockout.
What: 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions trading cards
Arrives: July 6 (and also later via e-Pack)
Box basics: three hits per 20-pack box, 16 boxes per case (two eight-box inner cases)
What’s buzz-worthy: Upper Deck’s eclectic mix of everything goes in heavy on MMA stars this year with the first certified autographs of Holly Holm along with other notables such as Miesha Tate, CM Punk and Paige VanZant, while also including an impressive array of the unusual and the historic.
See a gallery and more … below.
Panini America took the stage for its annual corporate address at the Industry Summit on Tuesday. Here are the basic talking points from the session…
Mark Warsop has confirmed NASCAR cards are coming from the company this year. Four products are planned — Prizm, Torque, Certified and National Treasures. … FIFA Flawless cards will be coming as well. … The company noted a substantial increase in NBA sales this year. … Panini Roundtable program will have Hobby Shop of the Month honors tat will lead to Hobby Shop of Year award, too. Prizes and auto guests for top shops. … Also planning product sneak peeks — early rips — in some instances. … Donruss Optic, an Optichrome version of Donruss, will be part of the upcoming portfolios.
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.
Topps‘ UFC trading cards have helped usher MMA more into collectors’ minds as those who focused on the traditional sports saw the dollar signs attached to the autographs and Relics of notable names inside the Octagon.
But a visit to the UFC Store might do that even better as UFC sells fight-used memorabilia directly to the public on a first-come, first-served format.
The fight-used gloves above, for example? They were worn by Miesha Tate during the UFC on FOX Dillashaw vs. Barao 2 card where she downed Jessica Eye via unanimous decision. They’ll cost you $2,999.99 to add them to your stash.
Gloves, shorts, fight-sponsor banners, walkout shirts, walkout caps and other gear are all available.
What: 2016 Topps UFC Knockout MMA trading cards
Arrives: Spring 2016
Box basics: Two hits per pack with four 10-card packs per box, 12 boxes per case
What’s buzz-worthy: The UFC women’s division has faced some changes of late with Holly Holm dethroning Ronda Rousey as the champ so changes to the format of UFC Knockout also seem appropriate and seem just as big. This time around, there are two hits in every pack instead of one and there are just four packs in a box instead of 10. There will be at least one autograph per pack.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.
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.