Buzz Break: 2018 Topps WWE Women's Division (blaster box)

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The box: 2018 Topps WWE Women's Division wrestling cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: Click here (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard, one hit pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards per box: 71
Base set completion: 
30 of 50 (60 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Kairi Sane, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Mandy Rose, Stephanie McMahon, Kayla Braxton, Bayley, Charlotte Flair, Maryse, Lana, Carmella, Mickie James, Becky Lynch

Rookie/First NXT cards (5) – Ronda Rousey, Sarah Logan, Dakota Kai, Zelina Vega, Ember Moon

Insert cards: 40 (a sampling of inserts and base in gallery below)
Women's Champions (10) – Paige, Ember Moon, Maryse, Alexa Bliss (Smackdown), Alexa Bliss (Raw), Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Eve Torres, Charlotte Flair (Raw), Charlotte Flair (Divas)
Royal Rumble (5) – Bayley, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Dana Brooke, Naomi
Memorable Matches & Moments (25) – Notables include Mickie James, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Bayley, Ember Moon, Asuka, Kairi Sane, Ruby Riott, Candice LeRae, Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai, Naomi

Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Gold Autographs (1) – Sarah Logan (/10)

What's Buzz-worthy: This one is available for the first time via hobby boxes this year (one autograph and a second hit every time) but these blasters can also clearly carry some punch. The odds on this auto? One in 154 boxes so that's not the norm -- but it was my first rip of this one so you see it here first. Walmart blasters include exclusive Women's Champions cards, which are nicely done showcases of past and present champs at all levels, while the Memorable cards are also past looks at highlight moments. The base set feels dramatically improved this year and it was relatively strong in the past. Also apparently exclusives in Walmart blasters this year are autographed kiss cards and autographed shirt Relic booklets (one in 1,002 boxes). The drawback? Parallel cards are essentially non-existent here as they start at one in 109 packs and are even harder for the easiest parallels of the inserts. (One in 453 packs for a Silver Royal Rumble parallel.) You can land printing plates (one in 386 boxes), kiss cards, shirt Relics, mat Relics and commemorative belts. I won't disclose how many I've ripped so far but autographed are flowing much easier for me than last year (which was rough), while a small base set means you'll land Ronda Rousey's Rookie Card in roughly every other box. That won't help values over time, but it helps people get them if they want them more easily but the parallels should stay strong. The card stock is standard but not heavy here and this box's corners show it on the left bottom of the base cards but that could just be from how the box was handled before it got to me. This release is blasters and hobby boxes only this year, which is a good thing as last year's hanger boxes and loose packs had long odds that didn't seem all that reasonable. This year? This looks much better and I'm off to a strong start. It's worth a rip.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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