Don West got me on an impulse buy again … and I’m OK with that

Simply put, Don West got me again.

If you’re a collector of a certain age, then you know the past entertainment value of the past Shop At Home hobby heavyweight who got more than a few people to “dial in now” for their latest shot at some cardboard treasures.

This isn’t exactly a scenario like that one, but a recent tweet by a past wrestling star piqued my curiously and led me to eBay and that then led me to ShopImpact.com, which is the website of Impact! Wrestling, one of few WWE competitors these days, and there was West with a deal that I figured … why not?

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Heritage WWE blaster box case (Hour 10)

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 boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe case: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE blasters
The cost: Click here (and it’s on sale)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps WWE wrestling cards

What: 2018 Topps WWE wrestling cards
Arrives: May 2
Box basics: Two hits (one autograph guaranteed) in every 24-pack hobby box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The wave is coming to the ring as the 2018 Topps flagship WWE brand uses the same design as its MLB counterpart with the stars of the ring getting the cardboard nods here.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps WWE NXT cards (blaster box)


From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps WWE NXT cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: Initially only at Target ($19.99) (click here for hobby)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 73
Base set completion: 
34 of 50 (68 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Roster (base) cards: Asuka, Akam, Alexander Wolfe, Andrade “Cien” Almas, Killian Dain, Billie Kay, Elias Samson, Eric Young, Johnny Gargano, Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Nick Miller, Nikki Cross, No Way Jose, Oney Lorcan, Peyton Royce, Rezar, Roderick Strong, Ruby Riot, Sawyer Fulton, Shane Thorne, Tian Bing, Tino Sabbatelli, Tucker Knight, Wesley Blake, Paul Ellering, Tom Phillips, Corey Graves, Baron Corbin, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Scott Dawson, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tye Dillinger

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage WWE hobby box (Hour 4)

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 boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE (hobby)
The cost: BlowoutCards.com

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New Topps on Demand set celebrates WWE’s SummerSlam — and includes guaranteed autos

The second-biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year arrives on Sunday — but the commemorative cardboard is here already with the newest Topps on Demand release.

Topps unveiled the 2017 Topps on Demand WWE SummerSlam set on Wednesday and it includes two autographs in every set.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 215
Base set completion: 100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 16

Notables on base cards – The Rock, Brock Lesnar, Charlotte Flair, Goldberg, Mick Foley, Maryse, Trish Stratus, Sasha Banks, Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho, Becky Lynch, John Cena, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Andre The Giant, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Lana, Roman Reigns, Triple H, Undertaker, Dusty Rhodes, Edge, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Sting

Rookie (Cup) Cards/NXT Future Stars (18) – Asuka, Bobby Roode, Ember Moon, Eric Young, Hideo Itami, Johnny Gargano, Liv Morgan, Tommaso Ciampa, Austin Aries, Bayley, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Chad Gable, Jason Jordan, Mojo Rawley, Shinsuke Nakamura

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards


From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 50
Base set completion: 
23 of 70 (33 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Shunsuke Nakamura

Rookie Cards (3) – James Ellsworth, Chad Gable, Rich Swann

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE NXT wrestling cards (two hobby boxes)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps WWE NXT wrestling cards
Where to buy: Initially only via Topps.com
Checklist: Click here to view

 

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Short-printed photo variations offer extra muscle in 2017 Topps WWE

A new inclusion found in all types of 2017 Topps WWE packs is something that we’ve been accustomed to in other sports but is new for wrestling collectors.

Photo variations.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps WWE NXT wrestling cards

What: 2017 Topps WWE NXT wrestling cards
Arrives: Sept. 6
Box basics: Ten autographs per 10-pack box (eight boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The WWE’s developmental promotion gets its own full-scale, hits-based release with this one going to full hobby channels after a Topps.com test run last year.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Break: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Impact wrestling (blaster box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600The box: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Impact wrestling (blaster box)
Where to buy: 
Check eBay (hobby on BlowoutCards.com)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 24
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
23 of 99 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – A.J. Styles, Brother Devon, Traci Brooks, Beer Money Inc., Sting, Mick Foley

TNA Debut cards – Brutus Magnus, Sarita

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Buzz Break: 2008 TRISTAR TNA Impact wrestling cards (blaster box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600The box: 2008 TRISTAR TNA Impact wrestling (blaster box)
Where to buy: 
Check eBay (hobby on BlowoutCards.com)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 35
Cards in this box: 35
Base set completion: 
21 of 69 (30 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Notables on base cards – Consequences Creed, Don West, ODB, Jim Cornette, Christian Cage, Angelina Love, Sharmell, Rhino

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever (blaster box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever — aka 2016 Topps WWE Series 2 — (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard packs plus one Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 71
Base set completion: 
43 of 100 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Sting, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Maryse, Mauro Ranallo (unlabeled RC)

Rookie Cards (logo only) pulled: Enzo Amore, A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Simon Gotch, Braun Strowman

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling (hobby box)

2016tpWRhobbyFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

2016-Topps-WWE--37The box: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 168
Base set completion: 
99 of 100 (99 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Trish Stratus, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Lita, Edge, Randy Savage, Elizabeth, Paige, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Tyler Breeze (RC), Becky Lynch (RC), Mandy Rose (RC)

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Buzz Break: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage cards (blaster case)

wwe-wrestling-2015-wwe-heritage-trading-card-blaster-box-topps-2From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600-3The case: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage cards (blaster boxes)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Boxes per case: 16
Packs per box:
 7 (plus one-card bonus Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards per box: 64
Base set completion: 
110 of 110 (100 percent)
Duplicates: plenty of extras — see next category

Notable stats about this break – Received between four and six copies of every card in the 110-card base set and completed each of the insert sets at least once, excluding parallels. (Did not receive any parallels rarer than the one-per-box Black versions.) Created just one of the 10-card nWo sets, but the case yielded three of the 2K16 sets, three Rookie of the Year, two Then & Now (one card short of a third) and four NXT Called Up insert sets.

Keep reading to see the full breakdown … and the hits.

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TNA Wrestling opens up its archives to autograph collectors

TNA-wrestling-autographed-promo-photo-51It’s been three years since the last TNA Wrestling card set from TRISTAR, so the autographs from some of the wrestling promotion’s top stars may be starting to dry up a bit on cardboard.

The company has changed a lot in the last few years, too, which makes a new development on its  website, ShopTNA.com, a surprise. How? A few generations of old promotional photos can be found autographed for bargain prices — and many are signed by top names who have not been involved with TNA for some time.

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