In our recent review of Gypsy Queen baseball a Facebook fan noted that I had “undersold” a quality hit of a Shelby Miller patch card numbered to 5. Editor Rich wisely pointed out in a response that the purpose of these reviews is to give an overall view of a box and not just rate boxes on the monetary value of the hits. Or sometimes we are not as fortunate as when we pulled three minor star relics from an 2014 Allen and Ginter box and someone commented something along the lines of “Poor Rich never gets anything good from his boxes. Those cards may have a $5 real world total value.”
Frankly, while hits are nice, they aren’t always the focal point. Some collectors work on completing sets, appreciate the interesting insert cards and hope the overall content gives them something to feel good about. Sometimes, though, hits are the key to a product.
Such a release is 2015 Topps UFC Knockout, which includes ten five-card packs, which are actually mini boxes. Male and female fighters are included in the product. Each pack has an autograph or relic and the full box should contain two auto relics, three other autographs and five relic cards. That tells you 20 percent of the 50 cards in each full box are going to be what collectors consider hits.
The border-less base cards are very attractive with each card having the fighter’s name and weight along the bottom. The backs have biographical information and some of their career highlights. My local card store (Triple Cards in Plano TX) did not carry any as he said his UFC collector base has dwindled, but leading online retailers are at $175-180 for a master box…definitely a high-end product for the avid UFC fan or die-hard rip and flip customer.
Here’s what we pulled in the box supplied by Topps:
Base Cards: 26 of 100. We did not notice any duplication. You’d need at least four hobby boxes with perfect collation to put together a set. It’s another product where base cards might be a little underrated going forward.
Gold Parallels (#d to 99) Vitor Belfort, Carlos Condit
Relics (#d to 188); Rory MacDonald; Cat Zingano
Fight Mat Relics Gold (#d to 88)L Bethe Correia, T.J. Dillashaw
Museum Collection Significant Swatches Triple Relics Gold (#d to 25): Anderson Silva
Scarlet Signatures (#d to 25) Phil Davis
Museum Collection Framed Autograph Silver (#d to 15): Andrei Arlovski
With four hits numbered to 25 or less, you’d have to feel pretty good. As we described the base cards are very attractive–although not everyone who has opened these agrees with that assessment– and each of our packs had a serial numbered parallel card in addition. To me, any box where the average price per hit is less than $20 and there are two better cards in each mini-box is certainly a collector friendly issue.
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