Legend and Tragedy: Topps WCW Autograph Cards

Legend and Tragedy: Topps WCW Autograph Cards

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Topps' run with WCW cards came at a time when professional wrestling was at its peak. And while the run wasn't long, the Topps WCW autographs are among the best this side of the hobby has ever seen.

In just three sets released in 1998 and 1999, about 100 different wrestlers and WCW personalities lent their signatures to Topps sets. 1998 Topps WCW nWo, 1999 Topps WCW/nWo Nitro and 1999 Topps WCW Embossed all have comprehensive checklists that include some of the best wrestlers of the 1980s and 1990s.

Shop for Topps WCW autograph cards on eBay.

At the time, both WCW and WWF were hot. WCW had raided much of their rival's talent pool. Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Bret Hart, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall are among the top names that fall under this category.

bret_hart Hollywood Hogan

WCW also had some names they helped develop on their own like Sting, Chris Jericho, The Giant, Eddie Guerrero (or Eddy as he was with Turner's company) and Goldberg fall under this category.

Chris Jericho Giant

Topps WCW autographs are also a sad reminder of how many wrestlers passed away at a young age. Beside Guerrero and Savage, collectors can also find signed cards from "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, Ms. Elizabeth, Bam Bam Bigelow and Brian Adams. However, the most infamous of them all is Chris Benoit who murdered his wife and son before killing himself back in 2007.

Chris Benoit ms_elizabeth

For those looking to roll the dice on pulling autographs from packs, be sure to find hobby boxes. Topps also did retail for some of their WCW sets. These don't have any signed cards. Even in hobby boxes, there are no guaranteed you'll find one. They averaged about one in two boxes, a far cry from today's products with promised hits.

Prices for Topps WCW autographs remain very strong. Many collectors are working on sets, which keeps even the lesser stars in demand to a certain extent. The relative toughness, large checklists and dried up supply also work out in the favor of sellers in a lot of instances.

Top stars and late wrestlers can sell for several hundred dollars. Commons usually sell in the $30 range.

Use the tabs above for full checklists of all the WCW autographs Topps released in 1998 and 1999. There are also a handful of unreleased cards that have surfaced on the secondary market over the years. These are likely cards that were sent out and never returned.

Top eBay Listings

1999 Topps WCW Embossed Horace Hogan Auto Autograph Black Ink WWE
$30.00

1999 Topps WCW Nitro Super Calo Auto Autograph WWE
$40.00

1999 Topps WCW Nitro Norman Smiley Auto Autograph WWE
$30.00

1999 Topps WCW Nitro Lenny Lane Auto Autograph WWE
$35.00

Silver King 1998 1999 Topps Wcw Autograph On-Card Auto Nwo Nacho Libre Ramses
$65.00

WCW NWO Wrestling (Topps,1998) DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE DDP Autograph Auto Card - WWE
$229.99

Brian Adams 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Crush NWO WWF WWE RIP
$79.99

Meng Haku 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto NWO WWF WWE RARE
$69.99

Kevin Nash 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Diesel NWO WWF WWE Rare
$114.99

Hacksaw Jim Duggan 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto NWO WWF WWE Rare
$84.99

CUSTOM MADE 1998 1999 TOPPS WCW RIC FLAIR AUTOGRAPH AUTO JSA WITNESS COA
$49.99

WCW 1999 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH CARD
$75.00

WCW DDP Diamond Dallas Page #3 1999 Topps Autograph Signed Trading Card C w COA
$14.99

WCW DDP Diamond Dallas Page #3 1999 Topps Autograph Signed Trading Card A w COA
$14.99

WCW DDP Diamond Dallas Page #3 1999 Topps Autograph Signed Trading Card B w COA
$14.99

Sting 1999 Topps Embossed Autograph Card #22 GMA 9 Mint Auto PSA BGS WCW Signed
$29.99
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1998

1998 Topps WCW/nWo Autographs Checklist

Inserted 1:40 hobby packs.

1998 Topps WCW nWo Autographs Eddie Guerrero

Alex Wright
Arn Anderson
Billy Kidman
Bobby Heenan
Chris Benoit
Chris Jericho
Dean Malenko
Diamond Dallas Page
Disciple
Disco Inferno
Eddy Guerrero
Ernest Miller
Fit Finley
Fyre
Gene Okerlund
Giant
Hollywood Hogan
Jimmy Hart
Juventud Guerrera
Kanyon
Kaz Hayashi
Kevin Nash
Konnan
Lodi
Meng
Mike Tenay
Psychosis
Raven
Riggs
Saturn
Sick Boy
Spice
Tony Schiavone
Tygress
Vincent
Whisper
Wrath

Top eBay Listings

Silver King 1998 1999 Topps Wcw Autograph On-Card Auto Nwo Nacho Libre Ramses
$65.00

WCW NWO Wrestling (Topps,1998) DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE DDP Autograph Auto Card - WWE
$229.99

Brian Adams 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Crush NWO WWF WWE RIP
$79.99

Meng Haku 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto NWO WWF WWE RARE
$69.99

Kevin Nash 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Diesel NWO WWF WWE Rare
$114.99

Hacksaw Jim Duggan 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto NWO WWF WWE Rare
$84.99

CUSTOM MADE 1998 1999 TOPPS WCW RIC FLAIR AUTOGRAPH AUTO JSA WITNESS COA
$49.99

1998 Fit Finley Topps WCW nWo Authentic Signatures Auto Autograph
$68.59

1998 TOPPS WCW NWO BAM CHAVO GUERRERO JR ON CARD AUTO RARE
$70.00

CUSTOM MADE 1998 1999 TOPPS WCW STING AUTOGRAPH AUTO JSA WITNESS COA
$49.99

Vincent 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Virgil WWF WWE Rare
$199.95

Jim The Anvil Neidhart 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto WWF WWE Rare
$199.95

1998 Topps WCW Bobby the Brain Heenan Autograph RARE Auto WWE WWF
$495.00

1998 Topps WCW nWo Authentic Signatures BRAD Brian Adams Auto Wrestling Card 0v1
$150.24

1999 Nitro

1999 Topps WCW/nWo Nitro Autographs Checklist

Inserted 1:40 hobby packs.

1999 Topps WCW nWo Nitro Autographs Macho Man Randy Savage

A.C. Jazz
Bam Bam Bigelow
Billy Silverman
Bret Hart
Brian Adams
Chae
Charles Robinson
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Curt Hennig
Cyclope
Damian
David Penzer
El Dandy
Glacier
Goldberg
Hector Garza
Hugh Morrus
Jim Neidhart
Kenny Kaos
Kimberly
La Parka
Larry Zbyszko
Lenny Lane
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
Ms. Elizabeth
Nick Patrick
Norman Smiley
Prince Iaukea
Rick Steiner
Scott Hall
Scott Norton
Silver King
Sonny Onoo
Sting
Storm
Super Calo
Ultimo Dragon

Top eBay Listings

1999 Topps WCW Nitro Super Calo Auto Autograph WWE
$40.00

1999 Topps WCW Nitro Norman Smiley Auto Autograph WWE
$30.00

1999 Topps WCW Nitro Lenny Lane Auto Autograph WWE
$35.00

Silver King 1998 1999 Topps Wcw Autograph On-Card Auto Nwo Nacho Libre Ramses
$65.00

Brian Adams 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Crush NWO WWF WWE RIP
$79.99

Meng Haku 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto NWO WWF WWE RARE
$69.99

Kevin Nash 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Diesel NWO WWF WWE Rare
$114.99

Hacksaw Jim Duggan 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto NWO WWF WWE Rare
$84.99

CUSTOM MADE 1998 1999 TOPPS WCW RIC FLAIR AUTOGRAPH AUTO JSA WITNESS COA
$49.99

WCW 1999 TOPPS AUTOGRAPH CARD
$75.00

36 pack CASE of 1999 Topps WCW NWO Nitro Wrestling w INSERTS & AUTOGRAPH cards
$274.00

Billy Silverman 1999 Topps WCW NWO Nitro Authentic Signatures PSA 10 Gem Auto
$269.99

CUSTOM MADE 1998 1999 TOPPS WCW STING AUTOGRAPH AUTO JSA WITNESS COA
$49.99

Vincent 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto Virgil WWF WWE Rare
$199.95

Jim The Anvil Neidhart 1998 1999 Topps WCW Autograph On-Card Auto WWF WWE Rare
$199.95

1999 Embossed

1999 Topps WCW Embossed Autographs Checklist

Inserted 1:49 packs.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Asya
Barbarian
Blitzkrieg
Brad Armstrong
Buff Bagwell
Chastity
Chris Adams
Dave Taylor
Doug Dillinger
Eric Watts
Gorgeous George
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Horace Hogan
Kendall Windham
Lash LaRoux
Lex Luger
"Lightning Foot" Jerry Flynn
Lizmark Jr.
Madusa
"Outrageous" Evan Karagios
Sarge Buddy Lee Parker
Scott Hudson
Scott Putsky
Steve Regal
Tank Abbott
Tough Tom
Van Hammer

Top eBay Listings

1999 Topps WCW Embossed Horace Hogan Auto Autograph Black Ink WWE
$30.00

1999 Topps WCW Embossed Authentic Signatures #THBA The Barbarian Auto Card 0c3
$249.99

Other

Unreleased Topps WCW Autographs

The following cards have surfaced on the secondary market but were never inserted in packs. The likely explanation is that the wrestlers were sent the cards to sign but were never returned. While not official releases, they do exist. The set they're connected with is noted.

British Bulldog - Nitro
Bobby Duncum Jr. - Nitro
Booker T - Nitro
Hardcore Hak - Embossed
Mikey Whipwreck - Embossed
Rey Mysterio Jr. - Nitro
Ric Flair - Nitro
Scott Steiner - Embossed
Scott Steiner

Top eBay Listings

CUSTOM MADE 1998 1999 TOPPS WCW RIC FLAIR AUTOGRAPH AUTO JSA WITNESS COA
$49.99

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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