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.

TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER PAT MILETICH CARD #68 NUMBERED  185/188
TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER PAT MILETICH CARD #68 NUMBERED 185/188
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2009 TOPPS UFC ROUND 1 #97 DANA WHITE RC ROOKIE CARD FREE SH ON ADD CARDS!
2009 TOPPS UFC ROUND 1 #97 DANA WHITE RC ROOKIE CARD FREE SH ON ADD CARDS!
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TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER ROB EMERSON CARD # 78 NUMBERED /188
TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER ROB EMERSON CARD # 78 NUMBERED /188
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TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER ROUND 2 MATT BROWN CARD #41 NUMBERED  066/188
TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER ROUND 2 MATT BROWN CARD #41 NUMBERED 066/188
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TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER ROUND 2 PAT BARRY DEBUT CARD #120 NUMBERED  034/188
TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER ROUND 2 PAT BARRY DEBUT CARD #120 NUMBERED 034/188
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2012 Topps UFC Knockout #80 Brock Lesnar MMA Card 0z2
2012 Topps UFC Knockout #80 Brock Lesnar MMA Card 0z2
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TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER STEPHAN BONNAR CARD #98 NUMBERED  118/188
TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER STEPHAN BONNAR CARD #98 NUMBERED 118/188
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2012 TOPPS UFC FINEST BGS 9 JOHNY HENDRICKS FINEST AUTOGRAPHS RC GOLD /25 RARE
2012 TOPPS UFC FINEST BGS 9 JOHNY HENDRICKS FINEST AUTOGRAPHS RC GOLD /25 RARE
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2013 TOPPS UFC FINEST THOUGHTS FROM THE BOSS AUTO DANA WHITE JOHNY HENDRICKS BGS
2013 TOPPS UFC FINEST THOUGHTS FROM THE BOSS AUTO DANA WHITE JOHNY HENDRICKS BGS
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2016 Topps UFC High Impact Rose Namajunas Certified Autograph
2016 Topps UFC High Impact Rose Namajunas Certified Autograph
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2016 UFC MUSEUM OVINCE SAINT PREUX #25 GOLD AUTO SP
2016 UFC MUSEUM OVINCE SAINT PREUX #25 GOLD AUTO SP
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TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER THALES LEITES CARD #63 NUMBERED  065/188
TOPPS UFC 2009 SILVER THALES LEITES CARD #63 NUMBERED 065/188
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