Thursday, October 30, 2014
Topps Travels The Road To WrestleMania
In the latest WWE trading card set, Topps takes us back to that exciting and optimistic night, as well as the events that led up to it. This is the third Topps WWE product of the year, and the one that will carry it through the holiday season. Single packs and "blaster boxes," the latter automatically containing a relic card, are available. Hobby boxes guarantee two "hits" (relic or autograph) among the twenty-four packs. While relic cards are fun, I always prefer an autograph card.
The 110 base cards are very nice this time around. While I prefer the "year" sets with individual superstar cards, this set goes in order of the events leading up to WrestleMania XXX. The photos used are very crisp and, in most cases, very well chosen. Although many fans, including myself, are at times dumbfounded at some of the WWE's presentation, I always note that the talent level is fantastic. These superstars translate just as well onto trading cards as they do into action figures, proving that the WWE marketing machine is still in full force.
In breaking a hobby box, I did not assemble a complete base card set as I did with the WWE 2014 series. There are parallel cards to the base set, which basically amounts to different colored foil lettering. I understand that there are collectors of these variations, but I don't get the excitement. Boarders? Sure. Lettering? No. As far as "hits," I happily received both a relic and an autograph. Former Funkadactyl Cameron was my autograph, while a Cesaro WrestleMania XXX mat relic was the other hit. A great memory from back when Cesaro should've been shot to the moon and wasn't losing to...lesser talent.