History of WWE Cards

It might come as a surprise to some collectors that the history of wrestling trading cards is almost as long as that of more traditional trading cards. The first wrestling cards appeared in the late 1880’s, and were included in packs of chewing tobacco, gum, and cigarettes.  Early wrestling cards were usually in sets mixed with boxing stars, and never really gained a major following until the advent of modern professional wrestling.

In the early 1980’s, the World Wrestling Federation created sets produced by Pro Wrestling Enterprises, Topps, and O-Pee-Chee. For the next two decades, Topps and a number of smaller companies including Classic, Action Packed, and Titan Sports released trading cards for the WWF and its rival league, the WCW.

Fleer briefly got into the wrestling card industry from 2001-2004, producing sets for the newly-formed WWE. From 2005 on, Topps has been the primary producer of WWE trading cards, and has released a number of subsets. These include the Heritage, Chrome, Dog Tags, and Insider sets.  As with their other trading card lines, Topps’ WWE cards include a number of autographed cards, and game-worn material swatches.

Wrestling cards form a distinct niche market in the trading card industry. Whereas the 2009 Topps WWE main set of 90 cards lists for $30, the 2009 Topps UFC set of 150 cards lists for $75.

For the serious wrestling fan, WWE trading cards can be a worthwhile investment, but they have yet to reach the broad market appeal of the larger and more established professional sports.   The cards are still considered a novelty, appreciated by the legion of fans who love to mix sports and entertainment.

2015 Topps Heritage WWE Wrestling Blaster Box 7 Packs + 1 Relic Factory Sealed
2015 Topps Heritage WWE Wrestling Blaster Box 7 Packs + 1 Relic Factory Sealed
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2015 Topps WWE Heritage Wrestling 7ct Blaster Box
2015 Topps WWE Heritage Wrestling 7ct Blaster Box
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2015 TOPPS WWE CHROME HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED NEW 2 HITS PER BOX ! ! !
2015 TOPPS WWE CHROME HOBBY BOX FACTORY SEALED NEW 2 HITS PER BOX ! ! !
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WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION RAW DEAL LOT ENTIRE BOX TONS OF CARDS WWE CARD SET
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1998 WWF   WWE  Superstarz Factory Sealed Trading Card Box (30 pks)
1998 WWF WWE Superstarz Factory Sealed Trading Card Box (30 pks)
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2007 Topps WWE Action Hobby Wrestling Box
2007 Topps WWE Action Hobby Wrestling Box
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Topps WWE Insider Hobby Edition Trading Cards Box  2006
Topps WWE Insider Hobby Edition Trading Cards Box 2006
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2010 MWR Wrestling EL GENERICO Sami Zayn BGS 9 Mint Rookie Card WWE
2010 MWR Wrestling EL GENERICO Sami Zayn BGS 9 Mint Rookie Card WWE
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2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution Blaster Box New and Sealed
2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution Blaster Box New and Sealed
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(4) 2017 Topps WWE Wrestling Trading Cards New Retail 21ct. FAT PACK LOT
(4) 2017 Topps WWE Wrestling Trading Cards New Retail 21ct. FAT PACK LOT
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2017 Topps WWE Heritage Wrestling Trading Cards New 36pk Gravity Feed Box
2017 Topps WWE Heritage Wrestling Trading Cards New 36pk Gravity Feed Box
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(2) 2017 Topps WWE NXT Wrestling Trading Cards Retail 72+1 Relic Blaster Box LOT
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