Topps and World Wrestling Entertainment have begun to whet the appetites of wrestling fans with its 2019 Road to WrestleMania product.
Fans who enjoy hobby boxes will find them affordable for this product, somewhere in the $50 range. Blaster boxes are $19.98, and that’s what I bought to review.
The base set is 100 cards, and the set recaps the key wrestling events and story lines of 2018 while providing a nice run-up to WrestleMania 35. Bronze parallels fall one in every other pack, and collectors can also pull Blue parallels (numbered to 99), Gold (10) and Red (1/1), along with 1/1 Printing Plates. There are also hobby-exclusive Silver parallels, numbered to 25.
Blaster boxes have 10 packs, with seven cards per pack. In addition, there is another pack that contains a mat relic and four Women’s Revolution insert cards.
The mat relic card I pulled featured The Miz and a swatch of the mat from WrestleMania 34. The Women’s Revolution is a 10-card insert set that highlights the top women in the WWE, including Charlotte Flair, Nikki Bella, Paige, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.
And don’t forget Ronda Rousey. The WWE, knowing the marquee crossover value of the former mixed martial arts world champion, produced a 40-card insert set that will cover her career. Called Ronda Rousey Spotlight, the subset will be split over several Topps products during 2019. The first 10 appear in 2019 Road to WrestleMania. I pulled two Rousey insert cards from the blaster box I bought.
The blaster box yielded 42 base cards, an average of six per pack. That would be nearly half the base set, so that’s a good start out of a blaster box.
I also found five bronze parallels too, which hits the average Topps projects.
Topps and the WWE continue to produce a nice variety of pro wrestling cards. The subject matter remains relevant and involving the women wrestlers more is an excellent move.