Topps WWE Slam continues to chug along with new cards added to the platform each day. January was a fairly big month for the app because not only did we get a ‘tent-pole’ PPV box set in The Royal Rumble, but we were surprised with the release of an all new base set of cards. Given that the last base set was released around this time in 2018, it seems appropriate. The big difference this time around though is that the set is much smaller, only 73 cards to collect, as opposed to the 100+ monstrosities in the past Most likely this means that a second decent size wave will happen at some point down the road, especially since entire rosters were left out the mix this time.
Yes, that’s right there are basically only a couple NXT performers in the 2019 base set thus far, and there are more announcers in the set than 205 Live performers. Several major superstars don’t even have cards yet, like there’s no Finn Balor in this set. Also there’s no legends either. So it’s not a complete release, but it does have first base cards of Ronda Rousey, so there’s that.
The color tiers pretty much have stayed constant; in order of most common to most rare, you have White, Green, Teal, Orange Black and Marble in standard packs. There’s also been purple “challenge” releases like in the past, as well as the odd Gold Rush here and there. The Bronze “Week 1” sets returned and were briefly important, at least until the awards were dropped. Lime Green base were issued as a full set all at once this time, with a CC limit of 1000. They’re still on sale as of this writing because of Topps newest pack pricing scheme.
Yes, Topps has a new trick up their sleeves lately. For some sets they’ll put out a limited number of coin packs where you can get inserts, something between 25K and 50K packs usually, and then when they sell out the only way to get those cards is to use diamonds. The coin packs always sell out shortly after release, but the remaining diamond packs seem to sit there and wait. Most of the Limes are sitting at around 200cc currently, meaning they’re going to be in diamond packs for a long long time.
More recently Topps announced the return of “weekly” sets, first up is yet another NXT oriented set, which is fairly easy to collect, a guaranteed insert only costs 25K coins. This one will be 21 week “marathons” with awards after every 7 weeks, and an overall award.
Topps Now may be long gone from the app, but the concept of event cards that celebrate a specific moment have returned in “Raw Recap” and “Smackdown Recaps”. Each week 3-6 cards will be released that feature a performer’s previous week on their individual shows. They’re available in both diamond and coin packs, and are fairly reasonably priced (350 diamonds guaranteed). I would say that these cards have a more longer-term value, as the prices on weekly sets right now are fairly cheap on eBay. As the weeks progress and new player collectors come on the scene these lower CC cards should become more in demand.
One trend that I’ve noticed lately is that older cards are getting some love with newer players, especially low CC inserts from 2016. Given that there are currently less than 10,000 active users currently, there has been an awful lot of attrition since 2016. Given that at one point in 2016 there were over 31,000 active users that means there are a LOT of cards sitting in dormant accounts. There might be as many as 50% or higher of a cards print run may never be available again because they’re sitting in dead accounts. For a card with a 1000cc print run that means over 500 of them you won’t be able to trade for, ever. Thus you’re seeing much higher prices on the rarest of the rare cards from the first year of the app. SO if you still have 2016 cards you’re looking to move, now is as good a time as any to do so. That’s not to say EVERY 2016 card has more value, most of the open edition and lowest tier/highest CC cards still won’t move.
For whatever reason it feels like the app is going through the doldrums at the moment. Maybe it’s post Rumble ennui, or maybe it’s the “greed feed” denizens who are always asking for more than their cards are worth, or maybe it’s the sheer lack of care that Topps seems to be placing in the product currently. Some days it’s harder to keep up with the apps than others.
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