Thursday, March 6, 2014
Glory: The Last Hurrah Of TNA Trading Cards?
Most autographed cards from the majority of sports and manufacturers in the past decade or so have utilized stickers. The talents autograph the clear stickers which are later attached to the cards by the manufacturer. It's an easier way for the cards to be autographed by stars who are often hard to pin down. I prefer obtaining my own autographs, but many card collectors will only accept the signed cards that are inserted into the packs and boxes into their collections. Although it takes a great deal of the personal feel out of collecting, it's still a lot of fun to pull these cards.
TNA Glory once again promises greatness right on the box. 3 autographed cards are guaranteed, with at least one promised to be one of the new "On-Card" autographs and another card featuring multiple signatures. Also promised is an authentic Slammiversary 2013 autographed ring mat card or a TNA event-worn clothing card. I think anyone would prefer the autographed mat in this instance.
Unlike last time where my pulls were rather lackluster, I was pleasantly surprised. While it didn't compare to my Hulk Hogan and Sting pulls of the past, anytime you end up with five autographs from a box, it's a good day. Especially when four of those autographs are from female stars. The female autographs will almost always be more desired by collectors in the same respect that ex-Knockouts and Divas always do well on the autograph convention circuit. Whether it's a matter of taste or a sign of some lonely days and nights on the behalf of the collectors, I'll leave for you to decide.
My favorite pull is the Slammiversary 2013 autographed ring mat card. Taryn Terrell, formerly WWE Diva Tiffany, was the signature and photo on my particular pull. The card is very thick, and features a large piece of mat to fit the full signature on. Seeing as that Terrell defeated Gail Kim in a highly touted match that evening makes the card all the cooler. It certainly beats the days when relics would be inserted into a card and have little or nothing to do with the talent depicted.
As always there are countless color parallels as mentioned above as well as other limited cards such as Sam Shaw-drawn caricatures. Also as mentioned above, you once again pull a full 99 card base set among the twenty packs in the box. This is a really nice feature that makes buying a box all the more worth it. A base set itself will usually set a collector back between $15-$20, so in general it's more economical to just buy a box.