Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Preview: 2013 Tristar TNA Impact Glory Wrestling

Scheduled Release Date: 11/13/13
Box Configuration: 20 packs per box, 6 cards per pack
SRP: $83-85
Box Break:
3 Autograph cards
1 Relic card
2 Parallels
1 Short Print card
What to Expect:
A typical Tristar TNA product, because TNA is not as well-known as WWE it seems like Tristar goes the extra mile to bring a high energy product with each release. With the name “Glory” and the red-white-blue designs the set is very Patriotic, which obviously was the target of the designers and they did a nice job working it all in nicely. There will be plenty of focus on the big names like Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy and Sting. The product will be limited to 75 cases (1,800 total boxes).

Each box will include three autographs of which one will be an on-card autograph and one will be a multi-autograph card #/199 or less. With the relics it can be either a mat relic or event-worn clothing card. Some of the relic cards include ring mat cards are from the June 2nd 2013 Slammiversary pay-per-view or a Hulk Hogan shirt relic from the July 4th Impact show.

Some of the additions from Tristar to spice things up are Jeff Hardy Facepaint cards, the cards will contain a piece of paint from Jeff Hardy’s face (Similar to the Sting Facepaint cards a few years ago). The first TNA autographs from Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson are also a big sell, who were part of recently TNA storylines before Bellator pulled them from TNA’s license. There will also be the return of the Jeff Hardy Art cards.
Each 24 box case will include 4 Hot Boxes (9 or more autographs each) and 2 Printing Plates, at least one plate will be autographed.
My Thoughts:
I have lost interest in wrestling, I may watch a show with the kids now and then but I don’t know any of the story lines so I am in a tough spot when it comes to my thoughts on the product. I love the Patriotic design, it flows nicely. From the images that I have seen the cards mostly close up shots of the wrestlers, which I like because action shots can be difficult to use due to the sport.
Hot Boxes
Some On-card Autographs
Wrestling Legends On The Checklist
Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson Autos

Some Sticker Autographs
To Be Fair, It Is TNA
Skipping the argument that TNA is a lesser known league, I am still pulling for this set. I like the design, the big names are prominent and Tristar obviously knows how to build a set. With a ding to the sticker autographs I still think that this set can easily be 3 ¾ out of 5, almost teetering on a 4 out of 5 even.

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