History of MMA Cards

Mixed Martial Arts or MMA cards are among the newest entries to the trading card industry. The sport as a whole has only existed since the mid 1990’s, and has exploded in popularity since 2006. Originally composed of two leagues, the UFC and Pride; MMA has become consolidated into a single international league since 2007 when UFC bought out its rival.

Topps, Upper Deck, and Donruss began producing MMA trading cards in 2008, although Topps has signed an exclusive contract to produce UFC trading cards until 2011. In response to this deal, Upper Deck and Donruss have both ceased production of MMA cards; although both featured sets from both 2008 and 2009.  The 2009 Upper Deck set is considered to be one of the better MMA sets produced, both due to its high production quality, and to the fact that it is Upper Deck’s last MMA card set for the foreseeable future.

Topps’ MMA trading cards feature a wide variety of memorabilia and autographed cards, including cards which feature fragments of fight mats and other match-worn gear.  These memorabilia cards are generally labeled as part of the Relics line. Other inserts and subsets featured in Topps MMA cards include Bloodlines, Octagon of Honor, Ruby, Photo Finish, Diamond, and Great s of the Game.

The popularity of Mixed Martial Arts continues to grow tremendously, and the future of MMA trading cards is quite bright.  MMA card sets tend to be relatively small compared to other major sports, due to the small number of athletes, and are thus somewhat easier to collect. The most rare UFC trading cards can easily sell for hundreds of dollars, particularly those featuring major stars like Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, and B.J. Penn.

2013 Topps UFC Bloodlines Jumbo Fight Mat Relic JFMR-GT Glover Teixeira /108 0w8
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2010 Topps UFC Series 4 #91 Aaron Simpson MMA Card 0f4
2010 Topps UFC Series 4 #91 Aaron Simpson MMA Card 0f4
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2010 Topps UFC Series 4 #168 Mike Goldberg MMA Card 0f4
2010 Topps UFC Series 4 #168 Mike Goldberg MMA Card 0f4
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2010 Topps UFC Rich
2010 Topps UFC Rich "Ace" Franklin Auto Autograph Card
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VELASQUEZ ERIK PEREZ 2014 Topps Bloodlines UFC MMA /25 Dual Auto + Relic Card
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2015 Topps UFC Chronicles Lyoto Machida 4/8 Ruby Auto
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2010 Topps UFC Series 4 Fight Mat Relics #FM-RE Rashad Evans Rookie MMA Card 2e0
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2015 Topps UFC Champions Blue #27 Jacaré Souza MMA Card 1s8
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2015 Topps UFC Knockout Silver #11 Travis Browne Rookie MMA Card 0b7
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2015 Topps UFC Knockout Silver #39 Ovince Saint Preux St. Rookie MMA Card 0b7
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2015 Topps UFC Champions Fighter Autographs FA-CH Chris Holdsworth Auto Card 0o5
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2015 Topps UFC Champions Black #80 Efrain Escudero /188 MMA Card 0a7
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