It may be a “one on one” sport, but UFC trading cards have joined their stick and ball counterparts in terms of the quality of releases, the brand names, the autograph and relic cards and mainstream awareness.
While baseball may have jersey, glove and bat pieces and football can use pylons or coaches’ challenge flags, the UFC experience has plenty of fight-used and fight-worn material to make trading cards interesting.
Topps originally took over ownership of the primary UFC trading card license and brought some of the brands they use in their Major League Baseball lines to the octagon. Topps Knockout cards were produced for over ten years. Chrome and Museum were staples as well and, of course, there is the standard or “flagship” UFC issue.
However, in early 2021, UFC announced it had struck a deal with Panini America, which would begin producing cards for the sport using its familiar brand names like Prizm. Look for those to begin joining our top 100 list soon.
The most valuable UFC trading cards usually involve an autograph or autographed relic card, a low-serial number and a popular fighter. Graded PSA 10s typically attract the biggest interest from collectors with money to spend. Connor McGregor rookie cards have been the king of the sports in terms of collector interest with his best cards selling for four-figure prices.
Nothing really brings fans closer to the octagon than a piece of fight-worn memorabilia. UFC relic cards are made of mat pieces, the fighters’ trunks or other clothing, gloves and anything else associated with fights.
The best relic cards will indicate when and where that piece was used but even without that info, it’s the memorabilia cards that really stand out from your standard trading cards. Autographed relics are especially prized and often bring the most money at auction or through dealer sales.
Below is a list of the current 100 ‘most watched’ UFC cards on eBay. These are the cards eBay users have “bookmarked” because of their interest in the item. It’s a good barometer for what’s hot in the marketplace. Check back regularly as the list will update automatically.