by Rich Klein
One of my common threads in reviewing UFC products is I could never have imagined back in my younger days even thinking of mixed martial arts as a viable sport. I grew up enjoying boxing and have always been fascinated by what is called “the sweet science”. I never have understood mixed martial arts but I do understand how popular the sport is and the major advantage of having the leading stars of this sport under one umbrella. Try that with boxing some times to see who is the world champion at any weight class. In the UFC, there is never any doubt who is the champion of each and every division.
That type of common sense upper management even makes the card products successes. Fans of the UFC know who will be fighting and when and who are their favorites. That makes collecting these cards easier plus the autograph and relics also are more easily available to collectors. The 2012 Topps UFC Knockout product is no exception to this rule.
This product was issued in a master box with eight mini-boxes per master box. Each mini-box contains three base cards, one parallel and one autograph/relic card. Each Master box contains two autographed relics, two autographs and four relic cards per master box. In addition, the full-border cards have a photo with their names in big white letters on the bottom. The horizontal backs have biographical information as well as a brief informational blurb.
How is this product performing on the secondary market. At my local store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX), this product is almost sold out at the $152.50 per Master Box level with $20 per mini-box while leading on-line retailers are selling this product at the $180-190 range with individual mini-boxes at around $25 per.
How did we do out of our box?
Base Set: 18 of 100
Silver Parallels (#d to 125) Frankie Edgar, Ben Henderson
Green Parallels (#d to 88) Dan Henderson, Diego Nunes
Mat Relic (#d to 288): Kenny Florian
Fighter Gear Relic (#d 88) Carlos Condit
Triple Threads Relic (#d to 36) Wanderlei Silva
Autographs; Tim Kennedy EXCH
2010 Full Contact Autograph (Issued in the 2012 product) Urijah Faber
Fighter Relic Autograph (#d to 100): Kyle Kingsbury
Premium Pieces Relic Autograph (#d to 88): Vitor Belford
That is not a bad grouping of cards at all and at the lower store level, there is almost a guarantee that each pay will provide in price guide value what a collector receives from a mini-box. Whenever a product reaches that goal, the product is a success and as the currently higher online prices show, many collectors and dealers agree with that assessment. Click here to see what the cards and boxes are currently going for on eBay.
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