DIGITAL DABBLINGS #16 – What’s New for August & Topps NOW!

By William M. Noetling, PWTorch Specialist


I’m going to change up the format of my Digital Dabblings Posts.  From now on I’ll only do a What’s New once a month to cover the previous month’s worth of releases, and I’ll post that during the first week of the next month.  So this edition will focus on Slam in the month of August.  The Retro-Insert Set Reviews probably won’t come back unless there’s a huge outpouring of support, in which case I’ll continue next time.
 
What’s New August 2017
 
New Sets:
  • Victory Wave 3
  • Boom Studios Comic Covers
  • WCW (Marathon)
  • Triptychs (Marathon)
  • Five Star Wave 2
  • Color Surge
  • SummerSlam
 
Signature Series
 
  • VIP Only Dolph Ziggler Red
 
 
Inserts
 
  • Sunday Showcase Trish Stratus, Roman Reigns
  • Live Signatures Goldberg, Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Seth Rollins Kingslayer One-Off Insert
 
 
New Insert Set – Color Surge (two variations)
  1. Samoa Joe
  2. Asuka
  3. Razor Ramon
  4. Big Show
  5. Cedric Alexander
  6. Naomi
  7. Shinsuke Nakamura
      Award – Alexa Bliss
 
New Insert Set – Boom Studios Comic Covers
  1. Dean Ambrose
  2. Stone Cold Steve Austin
  3. Roman Reigns
  4. The rock
  5. Seth Rollins
  6. Undertaker
  7. Triple H
 
New Insert Set – Victory Wave 3 (two variations, regular and VIP)
  1. Stone Cold Steve Austin
  2. Brie Bella
  3. Jake the Snake Roberts
  4. Kalisto
  5. Mark Henry
  6. Nikki Cross
  7. No Way Jose
  8. Apollo Crews
      Award – Shawn Michaels
 
Base Variants
  • Lime Green Subscription Incentive Seth Rollins
  • Purple Miz, Dean Ambrose, Ember Moon, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Natalya, Lince Dorado
  • Gold Rush Lana, Batista
 
Marathons
  • WCW #1-3, Award – Wolfpac Sting, Macho Man Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Diamond Dallas Page
  • PPV Logos #3, Award, 4, 5 – Night of Champions, Summerslam 94, Extreme Rules, Roadblock
  • Archives 14,15, Award – Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jake the Snake Roberts, Trish Stratus
  • Triptychs #1-3, Award – Shawn Michaels, Akira Towzawa, Roman Reigns, edge
 


SummerSlam
  • Key Art Poster
  • SummerSlam Classics set of 7 + Award
  • Rock v. Brock Lesnar Dual Signature
  • Summerslam/NXT Brooklyn III Base Set (5 variations), Sig Set (5), Matchups (9), Predictors, Poster
  • Topps Now
 


Five Star Wave 2
  • Base Set (5 variations)
  • Signature Set (2 variations)
  • Set of Jericho Part 2 (5 cards)
  • Samoa Joe Insert
 
August was a huge month for Topps Slam in many ways.  I do believe that there was more content released in August than any other month in the apps history.  Not only did we get a major tent-pole PPV set (SummerSlam), but we got a huge new insert set in 5 Star.  
 
The first wave of Five Star hit during the opening of August and the second just last week.  While the first set of signatures was pretty much “ho-hum” the second was much better with the inclusion of the uber-popular Finn Balor and first sigs of Alexander Wolfe, Jerry the King Lawler, Batista, Big Show and Darren Young.  The Finn signature has the possibility of hitting elite level quite quickly as it’s sold for as much as $70, though it’s more commonly sold for between $30 and $50.


 
The SummerSlam set was massively large and contained something for everyone.  In Typical Topps manner, all the best content was only available in diamond packs rather than coin packs, and you can expect this to be the paradigm going forward.  If you want the best content you’ll have to buy diamonds.  I still say that five full variants on the base and signature set was one too many, though it is nice to see that the highest tier (purple) was a 500cc limited edition for base and 50cc for signatures.  The 5 card signature set consisted of three dual WWE cards (Bray/Finn, Jinder/Shinsuke, Naomi/Natalya) and two single NXTers (Bobby Roode & Asuka).  The award for all five signatures in a variant was a quad sig of the Universal Championship participants.  Purple sigs run $15-25 currently.  
 
The rest of the SummerSlam content included an 8 card Classics set released a day before the main set, a 9 card matchup set, a special one-off/two variant Brock Lesnar/The Rock signature card which sold out in minutes and the gold version is nearing elite level value due to it being 50cc.  Two posters were also released, one before and one after the event.  

With the recent release of Color Surge the player base has been experiencing instant pack sell-outs, something that has plagued other Topps Apps in the past but never really occurred with regularity here.  It might have something to do with Alexa Bliss being the award.  Alexa’s in-app popularity has reached epic proportions, and her fan-boys will stop at nothing from obtaining her cards.  The 1000cc Lime Greens were extremely difficult to pull without multiple pack purchases, and since every pack had a guaranteed Purple (7000cc) variant, the Purple cards were in extreme short supply, with some players having dozens of copies.  Trying to trade for these has proven to be somewhat difficult.


Topps Now
 
This “living set” is an offshoot of Topps popular print on demand program.  Ironically the card count in game is usually 5 to 10 times higher than the actual in print cards.  Being available for direct purchase (at $9.99 per card originally, and now the equivalent of diamonds) and with long-odds in coin packs, NOW are some of the most popular cards in the game.
 
The way it works is pretty simple, after each PPV a selection of at least 5 cards commemorating the matches just held are released.  Occasionally they will issue one or more cards when something special happens on either of the WWE’s flagship shows Raw and Smackdown Live.
 
The digital version is slightly different than the in-print version, and several in-print cards have never been issued in the game, sadly the second Finn Balor Now is one of them.  
 


Older Now cards have a much higher value and tradability than the most recent issues.  Finn Balor’s only card #2 from SummerSlam 2016 goes for $13-18.  Becky Lynch’ #7 from Backlash has gone for as much as $17, while her only other single card #63 from Elimination Chamber maxes at $7.  Alexa Bliss has 4 different cards so far with her first from TLC #38 is about $15, her second from Raw #85 goes for $4-9.  Her third from Payback #91 is stabilized between $5-6 and her most recent from Extreme Rules #102 is $4-6.  
 
The most expensive cards in the set are obviously the 25cc Mat Relics, with Sasha Banks SummerSlam 25cc topping the charts.  This card will be very difficult to obtain as one player has amassed at least a dozen of them already.  One sale on eBay for the Sasha went for $125!  The other Mat Relics run between $40 and $60, but sales on them are very few and far between.
 
 
Recently NOW sets have not been holding their values.  SummerSlam/NXT Brooklyn singles are barely commanding $1-2 on the secondary market, while most cards from 2017 are solidly $2-3.  2016 Now are on average $4-6, with the usual caveats.  BTW the performer with the most NOW cards?  Kevin Owens with EIGHT!
 
Notice there are several issues with the checklist printed below, notably there is no card #42 and two #40s.  The checklist skips from 79 to 85, with 4 printed cards never making it to the game.  The NXT cards are also sloppily numbered skipping several numbers and not coming up with a consistent numbering scheme for several sets.


Current Topps Now Checklist
 
Card #
Performer
CC
Event
Notes
1
Brock Lesnar
604
SummerSlam 2016
2
Finn Balor
675
SummerSlam 2016
3
Dean Ambrose
638
SummerSlam 2016
4
Charlotte Flair
613
SummerSlam 2016
5
AJ Styles
687
SummerSlam 2016
6
AJ Styles
528
Backlash
7
Becky Lynch
499
Backlash
8
Heath Slater & Rhyno
465
Backlash
9
Kane
405
Backlash
10
The Miz
422
Backlash
11
Kevin Owens
390
Clash of Champions
12
The New Day
322
Clash of Champions
13
Charlotte Flair
417
Clash of Champions
14
Roman Reigns
406
Clash of Champions
15
Chris Jericho
328
Clash of Champions
16
AJ Styles
291
No Mercy
17
Dolph Ziggler
271
No Mercy
18
Naomi
277
No Mercy
19
Nikki Bella
290
No Mercy
20
Heath Slater & Rhyno
273
No Mercy
21
Bray Wyatt
296
No Mercy
22
Goldberg
996
RAW (One off card)
23
Kevin Owens
409
Hell in a Cell
24
Charlotte Flair
449
Hell in a Cell
25
Roman Reigns
407
Hell in a Cell
26
The New Day
415
Hell in a Cell
27
Brian Kendrick
347
Hell in a Cell
28
The Miz
346
Smackdown Live #900
29
Edge
319
Smackdown Live #900
30
Undertaker
332
Smackdown Live #900
31
Goldberg
149
Survivor Series
32
Team SMACKDOWN Men
161
Survivor Series
33
Team RAW Women
158
Survivor Series
34
Team RAW Tag Teams
163
Survivor Series
35
The Brian Kendrick
174
Survivor Series
36
The Miz
166
Survivor Series
37
AJ Styles
333
TLC
38
Alexa Bliss
410
TLC
39
The Miz
209
TLC
40
Nikki Bella
257
TLC (there are two card #40s and no #42)
40
Randy Orton & Bray Wyatt
248
This should be card #42
41
Baron Corbin
233
TLC
43-A
Kevin Owens
182
Roadblock
44
Cesaro & Sheamus
178
Roadblock
45
Sami Zayn
173
Roadblock
46
Seth Rollins
195
Roadblock
47
Rich Swann
168
Roadblock
48
Charlotte Flair
236
Roadblock
48-B
Charlotte Flair
25
Roadblock
Mat relic
49
Naomi, Nikki Bella & Becky Lynch
540
Royal Rumble
50
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
484
Royal Rumble
51
Charlotte Flair
492
Royal Rumble
52
Kevin Owens
490
Royal Rumble
53
Neville
460
Royal Rumble
54-A
John Cena
482
Royal Rumble
54-B
John Cena
25
Royal Rumble
Mat relic
55
Goldberg
477
Royal Rumble
56
Randy Orton
487
Royal Rumble
56-B
Randy Orton
25
Royal Rumble
Mat relic
57
Nia Jax
439
Royal Rumble
58
Bray Wyatt
499
Elimination Chamber
59
Naomi
492
Elimination Chamber
60
Randy Orton
498
Elimination Chamber
61
Nikki Bella & Natalya
504
Elimination Chamber
62
American Alpha
455
Elimination Chamber
63
Becky Lynch
477
Elimination Chamber
64
Bayley
518
Raw (One off card)
65
Goldberg
519
Fastlane
66
Bayley
553
Fastlane
67
Roman Reigns
504
Fastlane
68
Neville
484
Fastlane
69
Sasha Banks
560
Fastlane
70
Gallows & Anderson
487
Fastlane
71
Samoa Joe
514
Fastlane
72
Undertaker
805
Wrestlemania
72-A
Undertaker
25
Wrestlemania
Mat relic
73
Naomi
678
Wrestlemania
74
Goldberg
661
Wrestlemania
74-A
Goldberg
25
Wrestlemania
Mat relic
75
Randy Orton
673
Wrestlemania
75-A
Randy Orton
25
Wrestlemania
Mat relic
76
John Cena
711
Wrestlemania
76-A
John Cena
25
Wrestlemania
Mat relic
77
Hardy Boyz
862
Wrestlemania
First Card
78
Bayley
682
Wrestlemania
79
Kevin Owens
682
Wrestlemania
84
Dean Ambrose
873
RAW
85
Alexa Bliss
963
RAW
86
Kevin Owens
854
Smackdown Live
87
Charlotte Flair
828
Smackdown Live
88
Braun Strowman
692
Payback
89
Bray Wyatt
671
Payback
90
Seth Rollins
755
Payback
91
Alexa Bliss
907
Payback
92
Hardy Boyz
715
Payback
93
Chris Jericho
648
Payback
94
Shinsuke Nakamura
472
Backlash
95
The Usos
445
Backlash
96
Sami Zayn
452
Backlash
97
Nataya, Carmella & Tamina
426
Backlash
98
Kevin Owens
417
Backlash
99
Jinder Mahal
465
Backlash
100
The Miz
934
Extreme Rules
101
Sasha Banks & Rich Swann
922
Extreme Rules
102
Alexa Bliss
1,143
Extreme Rules
103
Cesaro & Sheamus
908
Extreme Rules
104
Neville
910
Extreme Rules
105
Samoa Joe
949
Extreme Rules
106
Carmella
1,015
Money in the Bank
107
The Usos
924
Money in the Bank
108
Naomi
971
Money in the Bank
109
Jinder Mahal
942
Money in the Bank
110
Baron Corbin
992
Money in the Bank
111
Brock Lesnar
669
Great Balls of Fire
112
Braun Strowman
665
Great Balls of Fire
113
The Miz
603
Great Balls of Fire
114
Sasha Banks
797
Great Balls of Fire
115
Cesaro & Sheamus
613
Great Balls of Fire
116
Big Cass
569
Great Balls of Fire
117
Bray Wyatt
612
Great Balls of Fire
118
Neville
662
Great Balls of Fire
119
Jinder Mahal
628
Battleground
120
The New Day
629
Battleground
121
John Cena
659
Battleground
122
Kevin Owens
603
Battleground
123
Natalya
659
Battleground
124
Baron Corbin
614
Battleground
125
Triple H & Stephanie McMahon
1,275
Summerslam 2017
Connor’s Cure
126
Natalya
1,331
Summerslam 2017
127
Sasha Banks
1,443
Summerslam 2017
127-B
Sasha Banks
1
Summerslam 2017
Gold Mat Relic
127-R
Sasha Banks
25
Summerslam 2017
Mat Relic
128
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rolllins
1,370
Summerslam 2017
128-B
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rolllins
1
Summerslam 2017
Gold Mat Relic
128-R
Dean Ambrose & Seth Rolllins
25
Summerslam 2017
Mat Relic
129
AJ Styles
1,341
Summerslam 2017
130
Jinder Mahal
1,315
Summerslam 2017
131
Brock Lesnar
1,311
Summerslam 2017
131-B
Brock Lesnar
1
Summerslam 2017
Gold Mat Relic
131-R
Brock Lesnar
25
Summerslam 2017
Mat Relic
NXT-01
Samoa Joe
231
Takeover Toronto
NXT-02
Asuka
276
Takeover Toronto
NXT-03
#DIY
217
Takeover Toronto
NXT-04
Authors of Pain
232
Takeover Toronto
NXT-05
Bobby Roode
244
Takeover Toronto
7
Eric Young
312
Takeover San Antonio
8
Roderick Strong
324
Takeover San Antonio
9
Authors of Pain
309
Takeover San Antonio
10
Asuka
366
Takeover San Antonio
11
Bobby Roode
328
Takeover San Antonio
12
Seth Rollins
337
Takeover San Antonio
4-B
Asuka
25
Takeover San Antonio
Mat relic
5-C
Bobby Roode
25
Takeover San Antonio
Mat relic
7
Bobby Roode
715
Takeover Orlando
8
Asuka
697
Takeover Orlando
14
Roderick Strong
261
Takeover Chicago
15
Asuka
325
Takeover Chicago
16
Bobby Roode
291
Takeover Chicago
17
Authors of Pain
271
Takeover Chicago
18
Tommaso Ciampa
292
Takeover Chicago
20
Sanity
1,346
Takeover Brooklyn III
21
Asuka
1,370
Takeover Brooklyn III
22
Drew McIntyre
1,239
Takeover Brooklyn III
23
Adam Cole
1,287
Takeover Brooklyn III
First Card
81
Finn Balor
0
RAW
Does not exist in App, Print Only
83
Shinsuke Nakamura
0
Smackdown Live
Does not exist in App, Print Only
80
The Revival
0
RAW
Does not exist in App, Print Only
82
Tye Dillinger
0
Smackdown Live
Does not exist in App, Print Only

Don’t forget you can find me in game at GRENDELSEN, and I’m always happy to trade or answer any questions you might have.  Leave questions or concerns here and I’ll see you next time.  I still need 9 more NXT Orange base.

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NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE: DIGITAL DABBLINGS #15 – Elitism, Live Sigs, and Summerslam

 

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