Card of the Day: Winter 2011 TRISTAR TNA Signature Impact Wrestling Auto

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2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme Blaster Box Break & Review

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The card stock is thick and the photography is great.  When it comes to the autographs, I like the glitter effect TRISTAR uses throughout the card.

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Blasters can be found for about $20.00 depending on which retailer you visit.  Hobby boxes sell for $70.00.

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Blasters only contain (1) autograph.  Hobby boxes contain on average (2) autographs and (1) relic.  I received the following:

  • Velvet Sky autograph

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Overall, I give 2010 TRISTAR TNA Xtreme 3 folding chairs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  If your a wrestling fan, I’m sure you’ll have fun busting a box of this stuff.  The blasters offer a quick thrill for collectors.

Here is another look at the 8-card OBAK set I won in the contest.  Each hobby box comes with (1) OBAK card which is limited to 310 copies.

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Press Pass Ventures Into Baseball

In all my years of collecting, it never occured to me why Press Pass didn’t produce baseball cards.  I guess I’ve always thought of them for making college football, basketball and NASCAR stuff.  I’m sure by now you’ve heard that in November they plan to release a new Multi-Sport product called Fusion.  It will cover baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, MMA/wrestling, and the Olympics.  The price is what stands out to me with this product.  Each pack costs $9.99 and you’re guaranteed (2) hits inside.  Usually when your guaranteed a hit or two per pack the price is a lot more.  It sounds like an interesting product that I hope I can try.

Even though Upper Deck received an exclusive license to produce college cards, it doesn’t go into effect until April 2010.  Even after talking to my contact at Press Pass, they said Press Pass plans to produce college cards after the Upper Deck agreement goes into effect.  I have a feeling some airbrushing will be going on after April 2010.  Perhaps Press Pass plans to use this new $9.99 pricing strategy for other products next year.  That would be a good start to compete against Upper Deck.  When was the last time Upper Deck made a product that guaranteed (2) hits per pack and only cost $9.99?

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2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts Review

Yesturday I received a box of 2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts Wrestling cards to review.  When they asked if I wanted to try something new, they sure weren’t kidding.  I personally wouldn’t purchase a box of this stuff because I’m not a huge wrestling fan but for those collectors that are fans, I’m sure you would enjoy this product.  Here is what I pulled and think about this product.

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The design of this product seems simple.  Most of the cards I pulled featured action shots, but some were closeup profile images.  The names are easy to read and do not blend into the background like some other products do.  I like how TRISTAR changed the colors of their logo to match the color scheme of each card.  The serial number on the Lauren Event-Worn Memorabilia card is difficult to see because the back is purple and so is the stamp used to print the number.  I didn’t see the serial number until the second time I looked at the back.

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Boxes can be purchased for under $50.00.  In today’s market, you don’t see many products under $50.00 that guarantees at least 4 hits.  With only 3,600 boxes produced, you have a decent chance of pulling some stuff that could pay for the box, but I wouldn’t count on it every time.  

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On the front on each box it states “4 Hits Per Box” – 1 Event-Used Memorabilia or Knockout Kiss, plus 2 autographs and 1 parallel numbered to 40 or less.  My box contained 5 hits:

  • Roxxi parallel #’ed/40
  • Sharmell autograph #’ed/75
  • Velvet Sky autograph
  • Lauren Knockout Kiss #’ed/75
  • Lauren Event-Worn Memorabilia #’ed/10

I actually pulled some decent hits and its always good to see boxes providing more than what the average would be.  The relic card contains a sequin from her dress which is something I’ve never pulled before (probably because baseball & football uniforms don’t have them).

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This box gets an overall score of 3 hearts (1=poor 5=perfect).  The quality of hits when correlated with the price seems like a good product for wrestling fans to open.  I wouldn’t say that every box will have more than 4 hits, but it looks as if there is a slight chance of it happening.  This product isn’t like other wrestling cards.  It focuses solely on the hot women of wrestling, which I don’t think is a great aspect to focus on for an entire product.  I would suggest that they include some more famous names in wrestling.  I’d like to see a baseball or football product that costs less than $50.00 and guarantees 4 hits be made.