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.
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The box: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 4
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 23 of 100 (23 percent)
Notables on base cards – Anderson Silva, Rashad Evans, Ronda Rousey, Nate Diaz, Miesha Tate, Arianny Celeste, CM Punk
What: 2017 Topps UFC Fire MMA cards
Arrives: Tomorrow on Topps.com
Box basics: One autograph per 20-card box
What’s buzz-worthy: UFC gets another online-only release that focuses on autographs and showcases artwork form Tyson Beck as part of a colorful and energetic release.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.
What: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout MMA cards
Arrives: March 29
Box basics: Four autos/auto Relics and four Relics per four-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view
What’s buzz-worthy: UFC Knockout will once again sport fewer packs per box but still have a heavy reliance on the hits in this latest MMA release — one that also will weave in some familiar looks we’ve seen in other sports from Tier One.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.
Update: A fourth card for the new Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva fight has been added as has a Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt card.
With the UFC 200 main event picture a bit more murky with the news concerning Jon Jones, Topps’ launch of Topps Now for UFC marches on.
A trio of cards that will reflect three bouts from Saturday night’s action are now up for grabs via Topps’ site on a pre-order basis.
Topps Now is coming to the Octagon — and it won’t be the only new cardboard from UFC 200.
The company revealed Tuesday that it’s launching the real-time cardboard service for MMA fans starting with the event tomorrow. Images of those cards will be available when they launch.
“UFC is the perfect fit to incorporate into the Topps Now program immediately,” said Jeff Heckman, Topps’ Director of New Product Development & eCommerce Marketplace. “Every weekend there are great fights happening; we have seen a number of title changes over the last several months. Topps Now is the best way to capture these moments and give UFC fans a collectible they will treasure.”
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 Octagon’s cardboard has come to your smart phone.
Topps and UFC announced on Thursday the launch of UFC Knockout 16 as its newest trading card app where fans can purchase and collect cards of their favorite fighters in digital form.
“We’re excited to expand on our relationship with the UFC by introducing engaging and easily accessible digital trading cards to keep up with the demand of UFC fans around the world,” said Jeremy Strauser, Vice President and General Manager of Topps Digital. “We see the enormous impact and global popularity of the UFC, so UFC Knockout 16 is a natural fit for Topps’ apps portfolio.”
This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is set for Aug. 3-7 in Atlantic City, N.J., but that hasn’t stopped Upper Deck from revealing the first promotional cards that will only initially be found at the event.
The company will produce a five-card VIP set along with a wrapper redemption program.
An aspiring UFC fighter appearing on an MMA card for the first time might get some of the attention in packs of 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class, but there are plenty of other big names to be found in Topps‘ latest release.
All you have to do is look at a checklist — or on eBay.
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.
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.