What’s a personalization worth to you? WWE tests the market …

The question in the headline is a simple one — what’s a personalization worth to you?

Some collectors would pay more for an item with a message to them, while others would opt for an autograph without anything extra as it would be easiest to sell without a personalization.

WWE is testing that market with a series of five autographed photos available via its auction site for a price — and a limited time.

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here’s another of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard and one hit/Daniel Bryan pack)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 65
Base set completion: 35 of 100 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards – 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

Rookie (Cup) Cards/NXT Future Stars (5) – Alexa Bliss, Jason Jordan, Tommaso Ciampa, Ember Moon, Asuka

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Need a 2017 Topps Heritage WWE checklist? It’s here …

WWE fans will have more to watch for other than NXT next Wednesday night.

That’s the day that 2017 Topps Heritage arrives in hobby shops and it will include a retro-styled re-do on the 1987 Topps baseball design but with the stars of professional wrestling.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Heritage WWE blaster case (Hour 7)

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 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe case: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE blaster box case 
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution 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: 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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What’s inside the fifth WWE Slam Crate? Find out right here …

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The latest WWE Slam Crate is here and things are getting divided with “stables” taking the spotlight.

There aren’t any Four Horsemen homages here, but we do get a nod to The Four Horsewomen of NXT as well as some DX, New Day and nWo pieces this month.

The first crate arrived last year, the second arrived in December and the third one was fun, too, as was the fourth which introduced a new toy twist, but this newest crate arriving now gives us a continued approach to WWE toy collecting and plenty more.

What was inside this one? Keep reading …

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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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Next wave of WWE Funko Pop! toys includes nothing but new names

The latest wave of Funko Pop! toys for the WWE will look like a million bucks and plenty more when it arrives beginning in July.

All eight of the toys in this wave are first-time figures from the company.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania hobby box (Hour 12)

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 … and this is our finale for today.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania (hobby)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Funko gets in ring with WWE for new wave of Pop! toys coming soon

The “cheap pop” is coming to Funko. 

In wrestling terms a “cheap pop” is something made famous by Mick Foley — a mention of the hometown crowd to get a cheap reaction during a moment with a microphone — but in this case he’s among the new wave of WWE Pop! toys.

These popular — and, yes, affordable — toys will be hitting stores later this month.

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

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Heritage is King …
This past week’s big winner was the arrival of 2017 Topps Heritage, which took us all back to 1968. Here’s our catch-all gallery of short-printed variations and big hits — and there’s a checklist found in there, too.

Keep reading for more …

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards

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What: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards
Arrives: Aug. 2
Box basics: Two hits (one autograph guaranteed) in every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Heritage WWE brand utilizes the 1987 Topps baseball design as it looks at today’s stars in its popular throwback style.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania wrestling cards

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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: 2017 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

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

Notables on base cards – John Cena, Sting, Triple H, Lita, Sasha Banks, Shane McMahon, Maryse, Roman Reigns, Charlotte Flair, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, A.J. Styles, Dana Brooke, Bayley

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Gallery: 2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania autographs

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The newest WWE set of the year is here — and its one that is a dramatic improvement on its past editions in both its base set design and especially its autographs.

It’s 2017 Topps Road to WrestleMania and it arrived this week.

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WWE’s comic book push includes plenty of variant covers (gallery)

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The first issue of WWE: Then. Now. Forever. recently hit comic book shops via Boom! Studios and between that arrival and upcoming issues’ incentive variants there should be plenty of options for fans of books and the action inside the ring.

The new books were first teased during San Diego Comic-Con this summer.

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Topps Now WWE adds Relic cards into mix after Roadblock PPV


The Topps Now cards for World Wrestling Entertainment took on a  new dimension on Monday with a limited number of match-used memorabilia cards from Sunday night’s event available for just 24 hours.

The 2016 Topps Now WWE set is now over 55 cards for the year with two Relics and six standard cards as part of a lineup revealed for Roadblock.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 7)

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The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: New Topps Dynasty baseball cards and some bold Black Friday-inspired breaks from around the sports and non-sports world.

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Buzz Break: 2016 WWE Divas Revolution wrestling cards

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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.

16diva_1039_frThe box: 2016 WWE Divas Revolution wrestling cards
Where to buy: 
Initially only available at Walmart

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 51
Cards in this box: 51
Base set completion: 
25 of 43 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Sasha Banks, Trish Stratus, Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte, Torrie Wilson, Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Mandy Rose, Ivory

Rookie Cards/First NXT (4) – Aliyah, Liv Morgan, Carmella, Nia Jax

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution + gallery & checklist

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What: 2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution wrestling cards
Arrives: Nov. 30 (at Walmart)
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: This Walmart-only exclusive product includes a hit in every box and is solely focused on the female stars of the WWE, offering a bit of a history lesson as the company focuses on its women’s division like never before.

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Who signed for 2016 Topps WWE Then Now & Forever? Find out here …

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The second series of 2016 Topps WWE trading cards — dubbed 2016 Topps WWE Then Now & Forever — arrives tomorrow with a new crop of cardboard and some first-time signers.

We know this because we now have the final checklist as released by Topps.

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So, what can be found in the new WWE Slam Crate, anyway?

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Curiosity got me.

When Pasadena, Calif.-based Loot Crate recently announced its first crate that’s a tad closer to the sports (entertainment) realm than most of its mystery box offerings — the WWE Slam Crate — this fan decided to sign up and see what was to come.

The First, which is the theme of this one, arrived today packing a few surprises and some oddball inclusions that offer a glimpse of what might be to come.

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Topps Now cards coming for WWE fans after SummerSlam on Sunday (plus ongoing gallery here)

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The action of World Wrestling Entertainment is coming to Topps Now with five match-specific cards for this weekend’s SummerSlam pay-per-view.

The launch of 2016 Topps Now WWE will begin with a final 24-hour window beginning on Monday for the cards, which will be made to order. For the launch, Topps has started with a pre-sale (no images) window beginning today.

“WWE is the perfect fit to incorporate into the TOPPS Now program immediately,” said Jeff Heckman, Topps’ Director of New Product Development and eCommerce Marketplace. “The WWE Universe can now have their favorite moments captured with Topps Now WWE for a collectable to treasure forever.”

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Need a 2016 Topps Heritage WWE checklist? Get it here …

2016-topps-heritage-WWE-CenaThe arrival of 2016 Topps Heritage WWE cards is just a week away and the throwback to 1986 is one that will include a few surprises and plenty of energy when it arrives spotlighting the stars of the squared circle.

How many stars? Well that answer comes with the arrival of the checklist, which Topps released on Thursday night.

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New WWE comics teased at SDCC, plus new Mattel WWE toys to come

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World Wrestling Entertainment is getting into the comic book ring and it’s at San Diego Comic-Con to prove it.

A partnership with BOOM! Studios begins at SDCC with five blind-wrapped one-page illustration/comic panels available in advance of an upcoming series.

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Buzz Break: 2014 Topps Chrome WWE wrestling cards (blaster box)

2014tpchromeWRblasterFrom 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: 2014 Topps Chrome WWE wrestling cards (blaster box)
 2014-Topps-Chrome-WWE-bray-wyattWhere to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (one is a standard-card “bonus pack”)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
21 of 110 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 4

Notable names pulled on base cards – Shawn Michaels, Roman Reigns (2), Daniel Bryan (2), A.J. Lee, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho

Rookie Cards (3) – Bray Wyatt, Renee Young, Jojo

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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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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 30)

EE3CAF1B-BFE3-49B9-B0C6-9A8E12CB5951_zpsv35aesimThe Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Massive pulls in Heritage, National Treasures and retail … also haters gotta hate and storage wars.

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Making the Grade II: Corey Seager Pristine, a WrestleMania upstart, legends & Sheldon Cooper’s shirt

Corey-seager-2015-panini-usa-baseballLike many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.

Here’s the second Grading Diary here on The Buzz …

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps WWE Heritage wrestling cards

2016-topps-heritage-WWE-neidhartWhat: 2016 Topps WWE Heritage wrestling cards
Arrives: August 3
Box basics: Two autographs or Relics in every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps brings its 1986 baseball card design to the world of World Wrestling Entertainment with the latest Heritage brand set to arrive late this summer.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Break: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage wrestling (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-l1600-3The box: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage wrestling cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Relic/Sting/Vudu code pack in boxes at Walmart)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 66
Base set completion: 
38 of 110 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: The Four Horsemen, Trish Stratus, Finn Balor, The Rock, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Kevin Owens, Undertaker, John Cena

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Best of 2015: The 15 trading cards that helped define a crazy year

15-HK-connormcdavidyounggunsIt’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.

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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.

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