Thursday, August 16, 2012
A Decade Of Wrestling In TNA's TENacious Card Set
The latest series celebrates that full decade of TNA and Impact Wrestling with a fitting title--TENacious. The Tristar company claims that this set will have the lowest number of cards produced of any of their previous TNA products. Although slated to have a release date of 8/15/12, some hobby retailers were selling them at least a week earlier.
Breaking a hobby box of Tristar's TNA product is always a good time. This is because most of their recent boxes have guaranteed a certain amount of "hits." In card collecting lingo, hits are special cards that are either numbered, include a relic or autograph, or any combo of the above. What both myself and another collector found when opening a hobby box of TENacious cards is that in the 20 packs of 6 cards we both received a complete 99 card base set. While this is not guaranteed on the box nor is it usually the case, it's a welcome bonus that we don't have to go searching for the couple of cards that usually prevents collectors from a complete basic set in a box break.
If you subscribe to our Facebook Fanpage, you've already gotten a sneak preview of the hits pulled from this box, but how about the 99 card base set? Beginning with a card of TNA Founder Jeff Jarrett, the set is 99% current stars. The ten year anniversary is tackled with memories from stars who have been there for much of that time as well as screengrabs of various events throughout the years.
Tristar seems to take pride in getting "rookie" cards out quickly and has included some in this set. Brooke Hogan, Joseph Park, Alex Silva, and Jessie Godderz all get the rookie treatment in this set, with Godderz card even including an Ohio Valley Wrestling logo emblazoned on the front. Look for the Brooke and Park cards to be a bit more sought after than most from the basic set due to the former having crossover appeal and the latter being the best developed comedic character to come out of professional wrestling in years.
The current roster is well represented and I think I would argue that it might be represented just a bit much. A subset of even just some of the bigger names from the past decade in TNA would've sufficed. And as always, I must lobby for even just a subset of non-glossy cards. As accessible as many of the TNA stars are for autographs at their shows, non-glossy cards would come in very handy for quick autographs. Tristar has not produced a non-gloss set since their Impact '08 release. For the second week in a row, how about it?
We finally come to the 7th hit where you again have a chance of two different card styles. This hit is either an Impact celebrity signature card (signatures cut from other autographed celebrity items eclectically ranging from Chris Rock to Tom Arnold) or a TNA 10 event-worn clothing card. This box held the latter, in this case being a dual shirt card from the former Dudley Boyz/Team 3D, Devon and Bully Ray. A nice card for sure, although the celebrity cards would be more beneficial for someone trying to recoup their investment.
What we have here is a solid set. It could've reflected a bit more of the past decade of TNA, although I understand that they're trying to look ahead and there's nothing wrong with that. I will state that I feel, like the recent WWE card product, that the looks are starting to blend together from set to set. Reflexxions was a nice change, but in taking a peek at what Tristar has done with other card lines makes me hope for a more retro card look in a future set. I won't go into another non-gloss rant, but retro is always king in this blog as it is for many collectors.
I would definitely recommend picking up a hobby box as the number of guaranteed hits is worth the retail price. The aforementioned fact that the two first hobby boxes which I've seen broken have yielded a complete set only adds to that value. Take a drive down to your local hobby shop and make an "Impact" on your TNA card collection, because when those 1,800 boxes are gone, they're gone!