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Topps gives everyone a title shot with next UFC card set by Chris Olds
December 30, 2010, 3:23 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps unveiled the latest offering in its UFC mixed martial arts trading card lineup on Thursday with UFC Title Shot, which will arrive in early May.

This latest chapter in the popular MMA line includes14 base cards in every pack and one autograph, one autographed Relic and two more Relic card in every 12-pack hobby box.

The set features autographs from current UFC champs as well as past winners along with a new inclusion — UFC Title Belt Plate Cards, which have a replica belt front embedded into the cards.

See more from this set after the jump.

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Topps confirms UFC Nickname variations by Chris Olds
October 5, 2010, 10:15 am
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Did you notice something different on some of your 2010 Topps UFC base cards? You might have if you busted plenty of boxes.

You weren’t seeing things if you did as Topps confirmed on Tuesday that several cards in the base set have nickname variations, which are limited to just 250 copies. The variations have the fighter’s nickname stamped in foil on the card front instead of the fighter’s name.

See the list after the jump.

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Topps confirms UFC redemption card error by Chris Olds
September 23, 2010, 10:54 am
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This in from Topps this morning…

Due to a printing error, Ultimate Gear and Autographed Ultimate Gear redemption cards in 2010 Topps UFC for UFC Heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira cards were produced and inserted into packs. These should have been for his twin brother, UFC Light Heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. All redemption cards for these two cards and their parallels will be honored for Ultimate Gear and Autographed Ultimate Gear cards of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Should collectors have questions regarding this issue please feel free to contact Topps customer service at  l 1-800-489-9149 between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (ET), Monday through Friday or via email at support@topps.com.



Box Busters: 2010 Topps UFC by Chris Olds
September 14, 2010, 5:47 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Bryan Hornbeck as they have their way with an early box of 2010 Topps UFC cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



First Impressions: 2010 Topps UFC by Tracy Hackler

One of the most buzz-worthy product lines in the sports card universe over the last two years is on the verge of striking another solid blow when 2010 Topps UFC, the company’s fourth full-blown installment with the exclusive UFC license, releases to the masses next week.

Although some of this newest product’s pioneering elements — the UFC’s first book cards, fighter-worn hand tape cards and dual-signed cards featuring UFC president Dana White and his most popular athletes — will be tough to come by, that doesn’t stop 2010 Topps UFC from shining at the box level.

Topps unveiled the product in limited form at the UFC Fan Expo a few weeks back in Boston, but it will be available nationwide on Wednesday. Be sure to visit Beckett.com on Monday for a must-see episode of Box Busters. Until then, here’s hoping these first impressions and jaw-dropping images can tide you over . . .

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Topps Offers An Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2010 Topps UFC by Tracy Hackler
August 27, 2010, 11:05 am
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The doors opened this morning at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston for the two-day 2010 UFC Fan Expo, held this year in conjunction with Saturday night’s UFC 118 event. The Expo — a sensory-overload combination of, among other things, collectibles, apparel, autograph signing sessions and martial arts demonstrations —  is nirvana for diehard MMA fans.

But one of the highlights for the card-minded enthusiasts among the throngs attending no doubt will be booth #2015. That’s where Topps officials are providing the first opportunity to view — and purchase — 2010 Topps UFC, the company’s hotly anticipated next product available everywhere else Sept. 15.

Topps’ Clay Luraschi and Jeremy Fullerton were nice enough to smuggle some first-look photos our way. Enjoy the images . . . and if you’re in the Boston area over the next two days and plan on attending the Expo, by all means give us a full show report.

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Round 5 Readies New-Line Sneak Peek for UFC Fan Expo by Tracy Hackler
August 17, 2010, 12:24 am
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Renowned UFC figure-maker Round 5 has a surprise for those MMA fans attending the UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with UFC 118 later this month in Boston: A sneak peek at the company’s Ultimate Collector Series 4 line.

Due out in time for the 2010 holiday shopping season, the new lineup incorporates one legendary fighter (UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie), two current champions (heavyweight Brock Lesnar, light heavyweight Mauricio “Shogun” Rua), one former champion (light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson), one up-and-comer (heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez) and two larger-than-life UFC personalities (president Dana White and “Veteran Voice of the Octagon” Bruce Buffer).

“We are pleased to be introducing our latest series of new figurines to fans at UFC Fan Expo,” said Damon Lau, Round 5 president and co-founder. “There are some completely new athletes, including Royce Gracie and Cain Velasquez, and our first ‘Ultimate Collector’ non-fighters in Dana White and Bruce Buffer.”

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