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Box Busters: 2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme wrestling cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme wrestling boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Rippin’ Retail: Random retail packs by Chris Olds
November 5, 2010, 4:17 pm
Filed under: NBA, NFL, Panini, Pro wrestling, Topps, WWE | Tags: , , , ,

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he busts into a few random packs of football, basketball and wrestling cards picked up at a retail store.

What will he find inside?

Watch and find out …

First look: 2010 Topps WWE Platinum by Chris Olds

Topps‘ latest WWE wresting card set will have a bit more high-end feel — but with a “vintage” read on the card backs.

The lone licensee of WWE trading cards revealed on Wednesday its plans for 2010 Topps WWE Platinum, which will include one autographed Relic card, one autographed card and an additional Relic in every 24-pack hobby box.

The card backs in the 125-card base set will be written by Raw announcer Michael Cole, whose calls and style have been known to rile up a few wrestling fans. But it will be this product’s higher-end approach that should get wrestling collectors riled up even more when it arrives in late-December.

As with the last Topps WWE release, there also will be signed Relic cards as well as 1/1 Red parallels and printing plates.

Each hobby box also will include a dozen insert cards and four serial-numbered parallels, while every six-box case will include a triple Relic limited to 99 or fewer copies.

See more images and highlights from the preliminary checklist after the jump.

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Card Gallery: 2010 Topps WWE Superstar Swatches by Chris Olds

The 2010 Topps WWE set has been out for a short while now, and there’s one set that should grab the attention of a few wrestling fans because of the energy and the uniqueness that nearly each of these cards brings to the hobby.

They are the Superstar Swatch cards, which feature an ornate jumbo swatch from the most identifiable pieces of memorabilia in wrestling today — the shirts that the stars wear to ringside and then are seen on countless fans in the crowd.

These event-used jumbo-swatch cards are another example of how the recent Topps WWE cards are getting better and better with each release, though these cards largely remain bargains despite being limited to just 30 copies apiece. None of the cards seen here topped $100 on the secondary market, despite having multi-color pieces and patterns that would make many a collector in other sports blush.

Check out a selection of the cards after the jump.

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FREE STUFF FRIDAY (8-27) — The short & sweet edition by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday, our weekly chance to get cool stuff into collectors’ hands.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s contests … click on the links to enter and win.

No. 1– A 2009 Ballpark Collection Joe Mauer-Jorge Posada-Pudge Rodriguez-Randy Johnson-Johan Santana-Kerry Wood six-piece game-used jersey card

No. 2 — A 2010 TRISTAR TNA Icons Sting autograph (only 25 exist)

No. 3 — A 2010 Topps National Chicle Ryan Howard Bazooka autograph (only 99 exist)

Card Gallery: 2010 Topps WWE Wrestling by Chris Olds

We got our first look at the 2010 Topps WWE set on Wednesday and one of the things that stands out in this release are strong photographs cleanly showcased on the design for Topps’ 2010 baseball set.

From the WWE Divas to the brutes, the set of both past and present stars seems to carry a crisper and more energetic look than recent wrestling releases — even last year’s much- improved set — largely because of the photos, which are a mix of action and studio work.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that there are some pretty deep insert card sets to be found — and some autographs from guys who haven’t signed in years.

Get a closer look at the set with a 30-plus card gallery after the jump.

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Rippin’ Retail: 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards by Chris Olds

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds rips into a blaster box of 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards in this latest episode of Rippin’ Retail. (We’ll have a standard Box Busters video soon.)

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …