Topps UFC Trading Cards a Huge Hit


The arrival of Topps UFC trading cards indicates one thing:  the sport has become mainstream.

MMA Fighting, the UFC specifically, has overcome many obstacles on the road to becoming what it is today. As a lifelong martial arts fan, I can recall watching the very first UFC and loving it. But in the back of my mind I figured the politicians would shut it down. Well, they tried to squash the rise of MMA, and failed miserably. The sport adapted, went through some peaks and valleys and is now one of the fastest rising forms of athletic competition and spectator sports in the world.

Having watched the sport rise from relative obscurity to moderate levels of popularity; I was never sure that it was going to make its way into the fickle hearts of American sports fans and consumers. That all changed, though, with the 2009 release of the Topps UFC Trading Cards. Collectible sports cards, especially baseball cards, have long been considered the holy grail of mass produced sports collectibles. The Topps UFC Cards are a clear sign that the UFC has stepped up into the big leagues.

Not Your Daddy's Collectible Cards

They are not your dad’s collector cards. The Topps UFC cards aren’t boring packs of cards that simply feature a boring picture, some stats and a piece of stale bubblegum. Sports cards have been evolving into some very cool products over the past 10 years. The Topps UFC Cards have entered the fray, as an exciting, cutting edge MMA collectible that fans are scrambling to buy.

What's available?

In 2009 Rounds 1 and 2 were released; followed in 2010 by the latest round. Each round has varied slightly in features, adding some variety. As stated earlier, these cards are unique. Some of features include autographed cards, relic cards– these feature a piece of an actual fight mat, or fighter glove, and Autographed Ultimate Relic cards. Topps has definitely piqued the curiosity of MMA collectors with these cards. MMA Collectors are clamoring to get their hands on these awesome cards.  The first two issues were quick sellouts and became somewhat hard to find.

A good gauge of how popular these cards are becoming, is a quick peek on eBay or Amazon. On both of these Internet retailers the Topps UFC cards are in high demand and commanding some hefty prices. On Amazon, there are complete sets available for collectors to buy. Be warned, though, that unless you are prepared to drop a minimum of $100, you will not be able to get one of the complete sets on Amazon.

Individual Cards for Collectors

For those MMA collectors that are looking for individual cards, links you'll find here on MMA Collecting are the place to go! Every day eBay sellers are listing more and more individual UFC cards and we've captured those for you here so you don't have to go hunting through the millions of other items on the main site. This is perfect for UFC collectors who are trying to round out their collection or to add a favorite fighter into their sets. Whether your approach to amassing Topps UFC cards is to get entire boxed sets, or to grow your collection a card at a time, you can’t go wrong in checking out the MMA auctions on this site.

As of this writing all three rounds of the Topps UFC Cards are in high demand. With entire boxes selling for over $100, it is obvious that these cards are hot. Though not a lot of information is available, apparently there are even some ‘error’ cards out there that are fetching top dollar on the Internet auctions. Of particular note, a Georges St. Pierre rookie ‘error’ card was recently listed on eBay with a starting price of over $4,000.00. This card is apparently a misprint. In the world of collectibles misprints can become legendary and can demand amazing prices. Whether or not this particular card sells for the phenomenal asking price, remains to be seen. As a collector, be sure to look through your cards for misprints or mistakes, as these kinds of cards can bring in a lot of cash.

Find Your Favorite Fighters
There are always fan favorites in every sport. The UFC has lots of fighters that are becoming famous celebrities. The Topps UFC Cards of the more popular and highly respected fighters are steadily growing in popularity. Cards, especially autographed cards of fighters like St. Pierre, Randy Couture, Royce Gracie and Brock Lesnar, as well as many of the other top fighters, are wildly popular with MMA collectors.

Since each round of the cards has done well, we can expect to see even more cards being released in the near future. For a sport that began with scandalous roots, and appeared that it would not last, to cable reality fight shows and Topps UFC cards, MMA continues its rise to prominence. If the state of MMA collectible merchandise is any indicator, there are plenty of things for MMA fans to look forward to.

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