UFC Cards: An early retrospective

January 15, 2012 by  
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The Topps Company, Inc., has been producing trading cards of many sports for years like baseball, football, basketball and hockey.  Since February 2009, the company has been making UFC cards, a testimony to the sport's mounting popularity.

The launch of the 2009 Topps UFC Round 1 was seen to sold out very quickly since it was first of its kind and is still sought after. The Round 1 features autographs from 100 UFC superstars like Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Anderson Silva and many others including 40 fighters and 10 ultimate fighting personalities such as Kimbo Slice. There are four parallels of the base set with gold, onyx, ruby and diamond. Inserts include 25 Photo Finish, 10 Octagon of Honor, 15 Greats of the Game and 25 Bloodlines.

The Topps UFC Round 2 was also launched in 2009. Other than names the packs do not have much in common. The main highlight of this issue is autographs of Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones, Jon Fitch, Ryan Bader Junior Dos Santos, Jim Miller and many others. The photos, autographs of round 2 were much better than the round 1 it was a successful launch too. However, it was not as popular as the round 1 series.

In the middle of 2010, Topps U2010 Topps UFC book cardFC Main Event came out. The design of the product was modified very much in contrast to Round 1 and Round 2. It is the first product to feature the very popular now "Cage Relic" card and “Blaster” boxes. The main feature of UFC Main Event cards were first autographs of superstars like Rashad Evans, Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard, Melvin Guillard and Evan Dunham. However, it was not well received by collectors.

Shortly after the Main Event, 2010 Topps Series 4 was launched as non-premium product. It is very famous with collectors mainly due to the autographed card which display a full head shot of the fighter along with autograph. The set also features rare autographs like "Thoughts From The Boss", signed by Dana White and another UFC fighter. Autograph relic card were also the part reason for the popularity of the set. It includes autographs from Cain Velasquez, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort and other fighters no longer in UFC.

Topps UFC Knockout was also released in 2010. This product has been very popular with collectors continually. The set has some former UFC stars and legends like Bas Rutten, Mark Coleman, Marco Ruas and Tank Abbott. It also includes some of the in-demand first autographs of current fighters like Jose Aldo, Pat Barry, Brendan Schaub, Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles. It also features a lot of eminent collectible insert sets like Full Contact Auto's, Notable Nicknames and Ground And Pound.

Topps UFC Title Shot was the first product to be released in 2011. It received a sort of mix reviews from the collectibles. This may be due to the reason being released soon after Knockout, with an announcement of Topps UFC Finest to be come out soon. For the first time, Topps' used finest technology to design the card and photos of the UFC stars. The well known first autographs of Yushin Okami, Stephan Struve, Brian Stann, Dominick Cruz, Joseph Benevidez, Mark Munoz, Yoshihiro Akiyama Scott Jorgensen, and Akihiro are in this issue.

2011 Topps UFC finest was released around the end of September. It falls under premium class of cards. In this release, almost 75% of the autographs feature on-card signatures. Photography is exquisite. It was well received by collectors and UFC fans. It is a delightful checklist of the best the UFC offers. Today many UFC enthusiasts are looking forward for the new collection of Topps UFC cards. New look, new faces and autographs are expected to be a notch higher from the previous releases.

2010 Topps UFC Fight Mat Relics #FMGS George Sotiropoulos/UFC 106 - NM-MT
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