Saturday, March 23, 2013

Preview: 2013 Tristar TNA Impact Live

Schedule Release Date: March 27, 2013
Box Configuration: 6 cards per pack/20 packs per box
SRP: $70/box
Box Break:
2 Autograph cards
1 Multi-Autograph card
1 Event Worn Memorabilia card
2 Parallels
1 Short Print
My Thoughts:
Tristar offers the best value for your buck, when you pull 4 hits from a $70 box you really feel like you got something special. The downside is that when you talk wrestling, TNA is the redheaded stepchild to WWE, where Topps puts out a number WWE sets each year Tristar limits their TNA products to one, maybe two, per year.
But, for the TNA collector this set is perfect. It is limited (only 2,400 boxes being printed total), all of the autographs are hard-signed, relics are limited (#/199 or less), parallels are very limited (#/50 or less), the newest wrestlers are included (MMA fighter King Mo and Chavo Guerrero Jr.) and you have a solid chance of pulling big hits like printing plates or Impact Live redemption. One of the coolest things is the TNA Impact Live redemption cards; they can be redeemed for tickets to a live TNA event.
The base set is made up of 109-card checklist, which includes base cards and 8 subsets. Some of the subsets include thoughts on wrestlers by Jeff Hardy or Dixie Carter, Then & Now shows wrestlers as kids and now and Original Art which is original sketches by TNA wrestler Sam Shaw.
If you are a TNA fan, or even a fan of old school wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Sting or Kurt Angle, this is an obvious purchase. There are booklet cards that contain up to 12 autographs as well as Impact Inscription cards that contain an autograph and an inscription by the wrestler. There are also multi-relic cards that contain up to 4 relics.
4 Hits per box
3 Parallels & Short Prints per box
Hard Signed Autographs
Lots of autographs
New wrestlers
Very limited
Reasonable price

As far as TNA sets go, this is a solid set and I would easily give it at least a 4 out of 5.



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