Panini America, which won the bidding to license WWE cards and stickers, will debut in April with a Prizm product that will coincide with WrestleMania 38 the weekend of April 2-3 at AT&T Stadium in Texas.
The Topps WWE set dropped on Dec. 22, 2021, so this is the swan song. There are several blaster boxes at my local Target store, so I picked one up this week.
A blaster contains 10 packs, plus a bonus pack. Regular packs have seven cards per pack.
All of you Boston fans must have loved that set of matches. You get Pete Rose, who helped the Big Red Machine beat the Red Sox during the 1975 World Series. And then Charlie Hustle twists the knife further, telling the crowd at the Fleet Center that “My buddy Bucky Dent says hello.” And “I left tickets for Bill Buckner but he couldn’t bend over to pick them up.” Classic stuff, WWE writers at their best.
Back to the cards.
I pulled 33 of those cards, and all of them had a horizontal design on the card front. The card backs have about eight or nine lines of type that describe the wrestler’s achievements and character lines.
I am not fond of the overuse of teal on the card backs, but that is simply personal preference.
The design on the card front varies between vertical and horizontal, depending on the match.
The information box under the action on the front is too busy. That is to say, there are too many words. For example, one card, with a two-line description, reads “Randy Orton challenges Edge to a wrestling match.”
One line is sufficient — Randy Orton challenges Edge. Honestly, 99% of the time the challenge would have been for a wrestling match, so why include that?
There were several inserts in the 2021 Topps WWE set.
One was an RKO Outta Nowhere card of a May 5, 2008, match that featured Triple H and Mr. Kennedy against the Superstars of ECW.
The WWE Hall of Fame Tribute set, featuring 18 cards, concentrates on the New World Order, or nWo. The card I pulled was one of The Outsiders defeating the Harlem Heat in a 1996 Halloween Havoc match. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall were The Outsiders, and the card features Hall as Razor Ramon; Nash was known as Diesel. The Outsiders beat Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray), marking the first time The Outsiders would win the WCW World Tag Team Championship.
Memorable Entrances is a nine-card insert set. The card I pulled was from WrestleMania 9 in 1993, when Bobby “The Brain” Heenan tried to make an entrance to his ringside seat to announce the matches while riding on the back of a camel. He wound up being seated backward on the animal. It was billed as the World’s Largest Toga Party, and the Brain was decked out accordingly.
This was not a bad swan song for Topps.