TRISTAR will be releasing their next TNA set on April 28th and it looks like they’ve got a big winner here. They were already doing a good job with the TNA sets and it looks like the quality continues to improve while the TNA roster gets better by leaps and bounds. In fact, this past weekend I ordered my very first TNA Pay Per View and was very happy with what I saw. The Ultimate X match featuring the Motor City Machine Guns and Generation ME was easily the match of the year so far in any federation.
One of the big selling points for this set is that there are over 30 different Hulk Hogan cards available. This includes the base cards, relic cards, autograph cards, autographed relic cards and an Obak insert. This set definitely has Hulkamania.
The base cards look great with excellent photography. I count 11 cards in the base set with Hulk Hogan’s name on them so if you are a fan of the Hulkster then this is the set for you. There’s a lot more than that though. This set has content as recent as TNA’s big move to Monday night which included the return to wrestling of “Mr. Monday Night,” Rob Van Dam. That’s a huge coup for TNA as the WWE had been trying to lure RVD back for a while now. He did rejoin them for one night, but that would be it. Jeff Hardy’s first TNA card is in this set as well with a picture from the Monday Night Special where he made a brief appearance. Some other notable new additions are Scott Hall and Syxx-Pac, Shannon Moore, Mr. Anderson, Generation Me, The Pope, Desmond Wolfe and THE Brian Kendrick.
The two per box Obak cards should be very popular. I loved the Obak set and can’t wait for these cards. Hopefully they don’t prove to be too popular since this is a set that I’ll want to chase.
Each box contains one memorabilia card numbered to 1, 25, 50 or 199. There aren’t any bums in the relic set. The single relic set includes Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Sting, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Mr. Anderson and Syxx-Pac. There’s a dual relic card of Beer Money Inc. Triple relic cards feature three Hogan swatches; Hogan, Flair and Sting (pictured) or the members of The Beautiful People.
Who wouldn’t love pulling a Hulk Hogan autograph out of one of these boxes? Autographed cards are numbered to 1, 5, 25 or 50. There are single signed cards of just about every member of the TNA roster. Some of the highlights are Hogan, Sting, Angle, Kevin Nash, AJ Styles, RVD, Samoa Joe, Velvet Sky, Christy Hemme, Daniels, Daffney, Jeff Hardy and Ric Flair.
There are some nice dual autographed cards highlighting business partners such as Hogan and Dixie Carter, allies like Hogan and Abyss or bitter enemies like Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson. The Hogan/Angle and Hogan/Flair cards should be two of the more sought after cards from this set.
There are also triple signed cards as well. There are four different cards with one featuring former nWo members Hogan, Nash and Syxx-Pac another with the current members of The Beautiful People, the third features The British Invasion and the last one features some of the more popular ladies of TNA (Tara, Christy Hemme and Traci Brooks).
Last, but certainly not least are the quad signed cards. There are five different cards including the one pictured here that Beckett called the greatest wrestling card ever produced. I think I’ve got to agree.
The other quads feature the current members of The Beautiful People along with former member Angelina Love. The Hogan/Jarrett/Angle/Foley card should be popular as well, but not as popular as the pictured card. There’s a card of TNA Knockouts Taylor Wilde, Sarita, Hamada and Awesome Kong and the final quad is of Hulk Hogan, Abyss, Ric Flair and AJ Styles who have been the subject of many main events lately.
There are 6 different single event-used, autographed cards. Along with the pictures Ric Flair, you can also pull Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Sting, AJ Styles and Velvet Sky. No bums there and these cards look great.
You can find the checklist and more details about the set on the official website. Thanks to the generosity of TRISTAR, you can expect to see a preview of the set right here on the blog close to the release day.