WrestleMania 38 was held this weekend at AT&T Stadium in the Dallas and The Undertaker was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The Phenom was joined by Vader, Queen Sharmell and the Steiner brothers.
Meanwhile, Fanatics announced that it would be adding wrestling to its rapidly expanding umbrella of sports card product, swooping in to grab WWE cards when Panini America’s new multi-year trading card deal expires. Panini just acquired the rights to the WWE brand, but rest assured that cards from Vince McMahon’s group will wind up bearing the Topps logo down the road.
To celebrate WrestleMania, I bought a blaster box of Topps’ latest product, 2021 Topps Finest. With Bianca Belair gracing the box cover and a promo touting Undertaker Tombstone tribute cards, it’s an enticing product. It was released three weeks ago, but this past week is the first time I’ve seen it in any of my local retail stores.
The 100-card base set covers all three of WWE’s rosters — Raw, SmackDown and NXT.
I pulled 21 base cards — seven from Raw, eight from SmackDown and six from NXT. The blaster also had a pair of base refractors — with Asuka and Damian Priest. Refractors fall one in every three packs, so I hit the average.
I also pulled a green refractor of Keith Lee, numbered to 99.
The blaster also contained a pair of X-Fractors — Belair and Rhea Ripley.
The card stock is shiny and very similar to Topps WWE Chrome.
It was unlikely to receive a relic or autograph card in this blaster and Topps did not disappoint. However, there were a few inserts.
I found two inserts in my blaster.
There was one Legacies insert featuring Bobby Lashley in color, with Ron Simmons in the background in a black-and-white photo setting. I really like the idea behind this 17-card subset. It’s always good to look back at the sport’s greats, and Simmons certainly deserves acclaim. He was a fabulous linebacker in college at Florida State (that “interception” he made against Florida in 1979 bounced into his arms — you can’t convince me otherwise. Call me a bitter Gator, right?) and a great pro wrestler.
The other insert was a Sole Survivor insert card of Roman Reigns. The 10-card subset pays tribute to wrestlers who excelled during the WWE Survivor Series promotion.
With a crop of new stars to showcase, WWE cards should be a popular draw for wrestling fans for quite some time.