WWE 2014 is the first trading card offering of the year from Topps. A 110-card base set is accompanied by several subsets, base card parallels, and, of course, tons of hits. From autographs to relics to new championship plate cards, there are tons of hits to hunt for as is usually the case. The autograph list is rather unremarkable this time around, with Shawn Michaels and John Cena probably being the most desirable.
Opening a hobby box ensures two hits. Guaranteed are one event-worn relic and one card from one of four categories: autograph, Diva kiss card, championship plate card, or mat relic. The mat relic cards are the least desirable of these. They're long overdone in the wrestling trading card world, but are the easiest to produce. The mat was changed in between each match at WrestleMania 29. I saw "cleanliness" as a reason given as to why it was done. I guess the WWE Superstars are allowed to perform dirty at every other show. The WrestleMania 29 mat relic cards from the previous Topps set is proof positive.
The 110-card base set is full of just about every current WWE superstar that you can think of. In fact, I think that just a bit too many members of the roster were included. Jim Ross is said to have written the card backs, and even Good 'Ol J.R. seemed to struggle to think of a few sentences for a number of these stars. The world really did not need yet another Curt Hawkins or Rosa Mendes card. The final fifteen cards of the set are Legends, and it's nice to see names like Larry Zbyszko, Diamond Dallas Page, and the Honky Tonk Man in the set.
Other subsets include WWE Champions, Greatest Contenders, and Greatest Championship Matches. These cards feature some great shots of past and present superstars and events, including another new Bruno Sammartino card. In fact, this set struck a special place in my heart with several generations of Pittsburgh wrestling included. In addition to the aforementioned Zbyszko and Sammartino cards, a Bragging Rights 2009 card (the final pay-per-view held in the Pittsburgh Civic Arena) and a rookie card of NXT star Corey Graves (Pittsburgh's Sterling James Keenan) are also here to represent the Steel City.
Oh yeah, each hobby box does include two hits. What was my other hit? Well. No "Glory" days here, that's for sure...