2012 Topps UFC Finest Review

July 29, 2012 by  
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by Rich Klein

As those of you know if you read my box reviews on Sports Collectors Daily,  I'm a huge boxing fan. I'd rather watch a boxing match than just about any sporting event on television. I'm fascinated by what it takes to get in the ring, with danger lurking every second and the sheer courage it takes to lace on gloves. Now, I realize the UFC is not really boxing but in so many ways the sport has far surpassed boxing. One of the most important aspects it that the UFC is a central agency and controls the sport in way no boxing organization does. Quick now, name me the difference between the WBA, WBC, WBO, NABF, IBF, etc. How much alphabet soup does one sport need? A big difference in mixed martial arts, the organization is the UFC, period end of sentence.

You would also never see anything similar to the Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley decision debacle. Although my personal belief from watching the fight is that Bradley gave the now aging Manny a boxing lesson, I could understand why the decision caused such a storm. In today's world, Pacquiao was the man and the fight we will never see with Floyd Mayweather would have set new Pay Per View (PPV) records. Well, that fight will not only never happen, it will also be a fight now between two fighters on the downhill slope. The UFC would never let their sport get to that situation.

Having said all that, all the Topps UFC trading card products do very well at my local store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX). The reason is we understand who the stars of the organization are and they fight on a reasonably busy schedule.

Every time I open a Topps box with the UFC, I realize that the break is going to be a good one and worth the money this product costs. The most recent box we received was the 2012 UFC Finest box. The box has two mini-boxes in them with each mini-box having six packs with five cards per box. Each mini-box is promised to contain three autographs or jumbo relics per mini-box. I did not have a chance to check in my local store but he is usually $50 on mini-boxes such as this which corresponds to the $90-95 price for master boxes currently from leading on-line retailers:

Now how did we do from our mini-boxes?

The first mini-box

Base Cards: 24 cards

Xfractor (#d to 188): Lavar Johnson

Moments; Tony Ferguson

Bloodlines Xfractor (#d to 188): Cung Le

Finest Threads Xfractor (#d to 188): Renzo Gracie

Jumbo Mat Relic: Nick Diaz

Autograph Patch Relic: Jake Shields (Redemption card)

Second Mini-box

Base Set: 24 cards

Xfractor (#d to 188): Ryan Bader

Gold Refractor (#d to 88): Ian McCall

Bloodlines: Yushin Okami

Moments: Tito Ortiz

Finest Threads: Randy Couture

Jumbo Mat Relic: Junior dos Santos

Autograph: Brian Ebersole

Again, nothing disappointing in the cards we received. I think that as long as the UFC and Topps keeps working this well in tandem, the UFC products will continue to produce some of the best value of any sport boxes I receive.

2012 Topps UFC Finest Benson Henderson Finest Threads Blue Refractor Red /188
2012 Topps UFC Finest Benson Henderson Finest Threads Blue Refractor Red /188
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Benson Henderson Finest Threads Blue Refractor Grey /188
2012 Topps UFC Finest Benson Henderson Finest Threads Blue Refractor Grey /188
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Anderson Silva Finest Threads Gold Refractor Green /88
2012 Topps UFC Finest Anderson Silva Finest Threads Gold Refractor Green /88
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Kenny Florian Finest Threads Gold Refractor White /88
2012 Topps UFC Finest Kenny Florian Finest Threads Gold Refractor White /88
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Chris Weidman 2 Color Jumbo Mat Relic 3
2012 Topps UFC Finest Chris Weidman 2 Color Jumbo Mat Relic 3
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Daniel Cormier Finest Threads Blue Refractor Grey /188
2012 Topps UFC Finest Daniel Cormier Finest Threads Blue Refractor Grey /188
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Rashad Evans 2 Color Jumbo Mat Relic 3
2012 Topps UFC Finest Rashad Evans 2 Color Jumbo Mat Relic 3
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Travis Browne Finest Threads Blue Refractor Green /188
2012 Topps UFC Finest Travis Browne Finest Threads Blue Refractor Green /188
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Rashad Evans 2 Color Jumbo Mat Relic 1
2012 Topps UFC Finest Rashad Evans 2 Color Jumbo Mat Relic 1
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Chad Mendes Finest Threads Blue Refractor /188
2012 Topps UFC Finest Chad Mendes Finest Threads Blue Refractor /188
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Rashad Evans Finest Threads Blue Refractor 68/188
2012 Topps UFC Finest Rashad Evans Finest Threads Blue Refractor 68/188
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2012 Topps UFC Finest Benson Henderson Finest Threads Red Relic
2012 Topps UFC Finest Benson Henderson Finest Threads Red Relic
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