I've made it no secret that I have wanted a new Topps WWE Heritage set for awhile now. Although a few regular WWE series have had Heritage subsets of solely legends, I wanted a complete set full of both current and past stars utilizing designs commemorating the trading cards of yore. This past summer we learned that not only would this happen, but it would actually pay homage to a classic wrestling trading card set design, that being the 1985 Topps WWF series.
The box and packs, in lieu of TNA-contracted Hulk Hogan, star the one and only Andre the Giant. Andre even gets his own ten-card subset which highlights his career once he became exclusive to the WWF. Previously unpublished shots from WrestleMania III and the 1987 Survivor Series shine in this subset, which is also based on designs from action cards in the '85 and '86 sets.
Curiously, such regularly featured acts like Vickie Guerrero, Heath Slater, and Michael Cole are not included in the base set while Aksana, Cameron, and Naomi are out in full force. More curiously is how legends who are obviously not contracted for cards are handled when popping up in photos used. While Slick shows up in an Andre the Giant subset card, Mr. Fuji is blurred from a Yokozuna "Superstars Speak" card in which Fuji's "quote" is used on the back. Neither man is signed to be used for the cards. There is also an error card in the finishing moves subset. Ted DiBiase's "Dream Street" card is mistakenly labeled 86 instead of 37. Don't fall for unscrupulous dealers trying to get more for this particular card.
Blaster boxes (including a relic card) and jumbo packs have been showing up at national chain retailers. Single packs are just slowly starting to follow at retail. There's no doubt in my mind that Topps will want this product in the stores soon in time for stocking stuffer ideas. Dusty Rhodes, Eve Torres, and Howard Finkel in your stocking this year? Could happen...if you will.