The Royal Rumble is right around the corner and I haven’t opened a pack of WWE cards in awhile so I used some of my reward points to picked up this rack pack of 2017 Topps WWE Then Now Forever.
First off I don’t think I am sold on the name Then Now Forever as a name of a set. Second off these cards are kind of boring. There are no interesting gimmicks, no interesting inserts. But definitely the pull of the pack is the Shinsuke Nakamura “rookie” card.
Anyways is it just me in thinking that there are way too many wrestling card sets? The rosters don’t change as much as in say baseball or basketball so each set is churning out the same wrestlers over and over again. How many R- Truth or Curt Hawkins cards do we really need?
This repack has 3 WWE Topps wrestling packs (1 pack of 2014 WWE Chrome and 2 packs of 2014 WWE Road to Wrestlemania), 2 Teenymates packs and 2 Eraseez packs. It was only $5 and I couldn’t resist. Here are my pulls.
The Iron Sheik Chrome insert probably stands out among the rest of the cards especially since Road to Wrestlemania is not may favorite set.
I probably pulled some of the biggest stars with the Teenymates packs and I think they would be perfect for my print and play set of the board game Can’t Stop I am making.
The Eraseez are kind of weird. They are like a 3D puzzle so all the wrestlers come as a jumbled mess… like something like out of horror flick. Plus even if you do put them together they don’t quite look right and they can’t stand on their own.
Wrestlemania is right around the corner and I have two rack packs of 2017 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania. This set highlights all the major events building up to WWE’s biggest event!
The Club and the Godfather cards are some sort of parallel, bronze? It is not a good look in my opinion. I didn’t pull one but with John Cena Tribute cards in the product I guess he replaces Hulk Hogan as the go to wrestler to put in every WWE set.
Honestly Road to Wrestlemania is not my favorite set year after year. I find they make for boring pack breaks and they rarely change up the formula. But if you look back in my blog, I seem to buy at least a pack of this set every year and this year I didn’t pull anything interesting…
So some positives. The Wrestlemania inserts stand out which only proves that simpler is better and it is kind of fun to look back at everything that happen in the WWE in the last few months. But I am probably going to put these cards in my bulk box and probably won’t look at it again.
(Wait… I just look up the set and you can pull a Shinsuke Nakamura autograph is this set???. Ok I may have to roll the dice on a hobby box.)
I have been lucky with Topps WWE rack packs lately so I thought to try another one. This time I have a 2016 Topps WWE rack pack. There are 21 cards per packs and it says to look out for The Rock Tribute cards.
The first thing I notice about this set is that there are a lot of retired wrestlers (I guess they called them WWE legends) in the set. In fact, 15 out of the 21 cards in the pack are retired wrestlers, 4 are active wrestlers and 2 are NXT wrestlers. It might be a small sample size but I find it interesting. I pulled a Rock Tribute card but I really only care about the NXT cards as I am still trying to collecting all things NXT.
I pulled a shirt relic card of Paige, 21/350.
Interestingly enough one of the corners of this relic card is slightly dented like my pull from my other pack of 2016 Topps Road to Wreslemania. It is straight out of the pack and the other cards aren’t dented. Anyways, here are some of my other pulls from the pack.
So I am 2 for 2 with 2016 Topps Road of Wrestlemania rack packs!
I was cleaning my closet the other day and I found a value pack of 2015 Topps WWE and weird sealed box of Run’A Bot Biz Saiyuki figures among other random things. I have no idea where I got them from but I suspect they were part of those mystery boxes with random goodies that you find in comic cons and monthly subscription boxes.
First off the 2015 Topps WWE pack… and I got a bunch of doubles. Even the NXT card in the pack was a double. But I did get this
It is a black parallel of WWE legend Virgil. Yea this pack is not too exciting.
The other pack is a bit more interesting. I couldn’t find much about it but it is a random collectible mini figure from the anime Saiyuki. If I got it right, Run’A Bot Biz is the company that makes these figures.
I think it is a bronze parallel of the character Lirin. I don’t know a thing about Saiyuki so I have no idea who this is or even if this figure is worth anything.
I have today a blaster of 2015 Topps Road to Wrestlemania.
I have to be honest Road to Wrestlemania is not one my favorite sets. The previous year’s product was kind of blah and not much seems to have changed this year. (The hits in the set are also kind of blah for the record.) One thing about this set is in a blaster and probably in a hobby box too you get almost as many inserts as base cards. The inserts are about what you expect: a ton of Rock cards, a ton of John Cena cards, highlights of past Wrestlemanias and Hall of Famers. My favorite of the bunch are the bizarre Wrestlemania matches inserts. You also get a blue parallel every other pack.
Every blaster comes with a relic card and I pulled
a Dolph Ziggler shirt card. I honestly find Dolph Ziggle boring but at least this relic card doesn’t have the usual boring white swatch.
WWE Legends seems to have a rough time as a late. Hulk Hogan is probably the biggest name to be in the news and he is all over this product. He is on every box, on a few hits, a few base cards and he is even has his own insert set.
Unfortunately now he is scrubbed from the WWE Universe and I wonder will we finally have a break from all the Hulk Hogan cards. Between the WWE cards and the TNA cards I have a ton and I mean a ton of random Hulk Hogan cards. Speaking of which, guess who else has a card in this set
Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. He too is being erased from the WWE Universe.