We’ve discussed in previous box reviews both the evolution of the Finest line as well as how UFC is really well organized compared to boxing. A dedicated fan can probably name at least 10-15 important UFC athletes while it really takes a dedicated boxing fan to understand the difference between Andre Ward and Mickey Ward. Thus when a higher-level issue such as Finest comes together with the UFC brand, the results tend to be very favorable for collectors.
The really attractive full-bordered base cards on the new 2013 Topps Finest UFC have the brand logo in the upper left with most of the card dedicated to an action photo and the fighter’s name at the bottom. The backs have some biographical information as well as a brief informational blurb.
The cards come two mini-boxes to a master box with each mini-box having six packs with five cards per pack. My local card store (Triple Cards, Plano TX) sold out of his two-case purchase at $106.50 per master box while leading on-line retailers are currently between $80-90 per box. Each master box has six hits between autographs and jumbo relics . At the current on-line price level per box that comes out to less than $15 per hit which isn’t a bad return on investment.
And how did we do from our master box?
Base Cards: 38 of 100. Thus a collector needs at least three hobby master boxes to complete a set
Refractors: Jussier Formiga, Johny Hendricks, Jon Jones, Mike Ricci, Chael Sonnen, Abel Trujillo, Cat Zingano
Fight Mat Jumbo Relic Blue Refactor (#d to 188): Frankie Edgar
Fighter Autograph: Benson Henderson
Jumbo Threads Autograph Premium Relic: Joseph Benavidez
As mentioned with six hits and other minor hits at the current box levels it is little wonder that as the owner/operator of Triple Cards mentioned all his customers who opened UFC Finest were very satisfied. There is little doubt this is a really good mix for the dollar and collectors who open this product do agree with that assessment.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]