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2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Trading Cards - Review & Hit Gallery Added

2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Trading Cards – Review & Hit Gallery Added

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Honoring the top fighters in each weight class, 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class opts for a one-pack box format. Every hobby box includes two autographs and one relic card.

Devoid of a base set, Top of the Class is mainly about the hits. Featuring over 30 fighters from each of the ten weight classes of UFC, Top of the Class Autographs showcase a horizontal design. Slightly tweaking the layout, Top of the Class Autographs add a small relic swatch for up to 50 subjects. Both signed versions can also be found as Silver (#/25), Red (#/8) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Outside the signed cards, Top of the Class Relics (over 30 subjects) offer a jumbo piece of fighter-worn gear or fight-used mat and drop in every box. Silver (#/25), Red (#/8) and Gold (1/1) parallels provided added rarity.

The only non-hit in the product, Top of the Class Inserts (1 per box) document current and past champs as well as current contenders. Again,  Silver (#/25), Red (#/8) and Gold (1/1) parallels are in play along with unnumbered Black parallels.

Collectors can also find exclusive 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class wall art editions though the Topps Online Store.

Release Date: 5/11/2016
Product Configuration: 5 cards per pack, 1 pack per box, 16 boxes per case

2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Box Break

  • 2 Autographs or Autographed Relics
  • 1 Jumbo Relic
  • 1 Insert
  • 1 Insert Parallel
  • 5 Total Cards
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class SEALED HOBBY BOX (3 Hits per box on avg) $40.00
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Hobby Box $48.95
2016 Topps UFC Top Of The Class Sealed Hobby Box -2 Autographs & 1 Relic Per Box $49.95
2016 Topps UFC Top Of The Class Hobby Box (Factory Sealed) (1 Pack 5 Cards) $49.95
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Hobby Box NEW $53.79
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Set Checklist

2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Set Checklist

Top of the Class Autographs Set Checklist

62 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Silver #/25, Red #/8, Gold 1/1.
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Auto Anthony Johnson

TCA-ABS Antonio Silva
TCA-AF Andre Fili
TCA-AJ Anthony Johnson
TCA-ANS Anderson Silva
TCA-AP Anthony Pettis
TCA-BD Beneil Dariush
TCA-CC Carlos Condit
TCA-CCO Colby Covington
TCA-CM Conor McGregor
TCA-CME Chad Mendes
TCA-CMP CM Punk
TCA-CV Cain Velasquez
TCA-CW Chris Weidman
TCA-CZ Cat Zingano
TCA-DC Dominick Cruz
TCA-DCE Donald Cerrone
TCA-DCO Daniel Cormier
TCA-DJ Demetrious Johnson
TCA-FE Frankie Edgar
TCA-FR Francisco Rivera
TCA-FW Fabricio Werdum
TCA-GT Glover Teixeira
TCA-JA José Aldo
TCA-JB Joseph Benavidez
TCA-JC Joanne Calderwood
TCA-JCA Johnny Case
TCA-JCO Jake Collier
TCA-JD John Dodson
TCA-JDS Junior Dos Santos
TCA-JH Johny Hendricks
TCA-JJ Joanna Jędrzejczyk
TCA-JJO Jon Jones
TCA-JL Joe Lauzon
TCA-JM Jim Miller
TCA-JMA John Makdessi
TCA-JP Jessica Penne
TCA-JR Jared Rosholt
TCA-JSO Joe Soto
TCA-KG Kelvin Gastelum
TCA-LM Lyoto Machida
TCA-MC Michael Chiesa
TCA-MT Miesha Tate
TCA-NL Nik Lentz
TCA-OS Ovince Saint Preux
TCA-PV Paige VanZant
TCA-RB Renan Barão
TCA-RBA Ryan Bader
TCA-RD Rafael Dos Anjos
TCA-RE Rashad Evans
TCA-RL Robbie Lawler
TCA-RM Rory MacDonald
TCA-RN Rose Namajunas
TCA-RP Raquel Pennington
TCA-RR Ronda Rousey
TCA-SM Stipe Miocic
TCA-TBO Tim Boetsch
TCA-TD TJ Dillashaw
TCA-TL Tom Lawlor
TCA-TT Tecia Torres
TCA-TW Tyron Woodley
TCA-UF Urijah Faber
TCA-ZM Zach Makovsky

 

Top of the Class Autograph Relic Set Checklist

41 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Silver #/25, Red #/8, Gold 1/1.
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Autograph Relic Miesha Tate

TCAR-AP Anthony Pettis
TCAR-CC Carlos Condit
TCAR-CM Conor McGregor
TCAR-CME Chad Mendes
TCAR-CV Cain Velasquez
TCAR-CW Chris Weidman
TCAR-CZ Cat Zingano
TCAR-DC Daniel Cormier
TCAR-DCR Dominick Cruz
TCAR-DJ Demetrious Johnson
TCAR-EB Edson Barboza
TCAR-EP Erik Perez
TCAR-EW Eddie Wineland
TCAR-FE Frankie Edgar
TCAR-FR Francisco Rivera
TCAR-GM Gray Maynard
TCAR-JB Joseph Benavidez
TCAR-JCO Jake Collier
TCAR-JE Jessica Eye
TCAR-JH Johny Hendricks
TCAR-JL Joe Lauzon
TCAR-JM Jim Miller
TCAR-JMA John Makdessi
TCAR-JR Jared Rosholt
TCAR-LM Lyoto Machida
TCAR-LR Luke Rockhold
TCAR-MT Miesha Tate
TCAR-NL Nik Lentz
TCAR-NM Neil Magny
TCAR-OS Ovince Saint Preux
TCAR-RB Ryan Bader
TCAR-RM Rory MacDonald
TCAR-RP Raquel Pennington
TCAR-TA Thiago Alves
TCAR-TB Travis Browne
TCAR-TL Tom Lawlor
TCAR-TW Tyron Woodley
TCAR-UF Urijah Faber
TCAR-UH Uriah Hall
TCAR-YR Yoel Romero
TCAR-ZM Zach Makovsky

 

Top of the Class Relics Set Checklist

49 cards. Serial Numbered #/199.
PARALLEL CARDS: Silver #/25, Red #/8, Gold 1/1.
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Relic Rashad Evans

TCR-AA Andrei Arlovski
TCR-AP Anthony Pettis
TCR-BR Ben Rothwell
TCR-CC Carlos Condit
TCR-CE Carla Esparza
TCR-CM Conor McGregor
TCR-CME Chad Mendes
TCR-CS Cub Swanson
TCR-CV Cain Velasquez
TCR-CW Chris Weidman
TCR-CZ Cat Zingano
TCR-DC Donald Cerrone
TCR-DCO Daniel Cormier
TCR-DCR Dominick Cruz
TCR-DP Dustin Poirier
TCR-EP Erik Perez
TCR-EW Eddie Wineland
TCR-FE Frankie Edgar
TCR-FH Felice Herrig
TCR-GM Gray Maynard
TCR-IM Ian McCall
TCR-JB Joseph Benavidez
TCR-JD Jessamyn Duke
TCR-JE Jake Ellenberger
TCR-JH Johny Hendricks
TCR-JJ Jon Jones
TCR-JL Joe Lauzon
TCR-JM Jim Miller
TCR-KN Khabib Nurmagomedov
TCR-LM Lyoto Machida
TCR-LR Luke Rockhold
TCR-MB Michael Bisping
TCR-MH Max Holloway
TCR-MT Miesha Tate
TCR-OS Ovince Saint Preux
TCR-PV Paige VanZant
TCR-RB Ryan Bader
TCR-RE Rashad Evans
TCR-RL Robbie Lawler
TCR-RM Rory MacDonald
TCR-RR Ronda Rousey
TCR-SJ Scott Jorgensen
TCR-SM Stipe Miocic
TCR-TA Thiago Alves
TCR-TB Travis Browne
TCR-UF Urijah Faber
TCR-UH Uriah Hall
TCR-YR Yoel Romero
TCR-ZM Zach Makovsky

 

Top of the Class Insert Set Checklist

25 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Black, Silver #/25, Red #/8, Gold 1/1.
2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Demetrious Johnson

TOC-1 Conor McGregor
TOC-2 Demetrious Johnson
TOC-3 TJ Dillashaw
TOC-4 Rafael dos Anjos
TOC-5 Robbie Lawler
TOC-6 Chris Weidman
TOC-7 Daniel Cormier
TOC-8 Fabricio Werdum
TOC-9 Joanna Jędrzejczyk
TOC-10 Holly Holm
TOC-11 Anthony Johnson
TOC-12 Cain Velasquez
TOC-13 Ronda Rousey
TOC-14 José Aldo
TOC-15 Dominick Cruz
TOC-16 Miesha Tate
TOC-17 Stipe Miocic
TOC-18 Frankie Edgar
TOC-19 Luke Rockhold
TOC-20 Jon Jones
TOC-21 CM Punk
TOC-22 Cláudia Gadelha
TOC-23 Anderson Silva
TOC-24 Anthony Pettis
TOC-25 Georges St-Pierre

Product Review

2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Product Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: Quality card stock, lower box price for two autographs and one relic, appealing design.

Bad: Weaker overall signers list, stickers and unnumbered autographs galore, brand does not really do a good job of establishing an identity.

The Bottom Line: While three hits, including two autographs, for $45-50 per box is not bad, this new product feels like the same old thing in an updated package. Part of the job of any new product is essentially making the case for why the cards deserve a spot in your collection. It is hard to make that case as nothing really stands out and most boxes will yield two autographs worth a few dollars, along with two inserts that are virtually worthless and a dollar relic.

Staff Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.5/5.0

On the plus side, 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class showcases a nice design with quality stock. Fighter images pop on the autographs and relics and the sticker is incorporated well for the signed cards. Unfortunately, that is one of the few positives of the release.

First of all, the sticker autographs and autographed relics are not numbered. With only five cards in a box and two autographs, I would expect to know the print runs, especially since the main relics are numbered. Aesthetically, I don’t care for how the relic piece is slightly askew or the tiny slits that border the main piece. Also, if you say “Jumbo” relic, I am expecting a very large relic piece and I did not feel that was delivered.

Other than the three hit designs, the only other option comes as a basic insert. Taking the set name, Top of the Class features a black-and-white image with a banner across the midsection of the fighter. While the design is fine, given this is two of the five cards in the box, I would expect a little more quality than simply a thick card stock. It was also a little disappointing that the promised parallel was just an unnumbered black fade background that I missed the first few times I viewed the cards.

While Miesha Tate does have on-card autographs in the set, she appears to be the only one, which is an odd decision. One is better than none, but why would this be the plan?

Checklist: 2.25/5.0

Given the name, you would expect Top of the Class to only have the very best current and former fighters in the checklist. Although there is top-level talent, there is also much more of the low-end subjects, including a few head scratchers. To make these sets stand out, the checklist needs to be tweaked as most UFC sets feature the same names over and over. CM Punk is the one fresh face for UFC collectors, which does add something new.

Value: 2.5/5.0

On one hand, the price is moderate and the two autographs and one relic box hits are a solid yield. However, if boxes regularly contain just $10-20 in value, and there is not something else to point to like a base set, notable rookie cards or a unique insert or design, it is hard to get any real monetary or collectible value unless you hit a low-numbered autograph/relic or one of the few elite signers. A middling checklist and nice, but unremarkable, design ultimately means that collectors would be better off buying singles or waiting for the inevitable price drop. As stated, CM Punk is a nice addition as are the on-card autographs for Tate. Both help the value slightly.

The Fun Factor: 3.0/5.0

The break itself was brief and not really memorable. With so few cards to make an impression, there needed to be a wow factor. 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class has nothing like that and the fun suffers. Despite this, the quality and overall look of the set did come across well. It just did not seem there was much else to it and that is the main issue for me.

2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Box Hit Gallery

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class Trading Cards - Review & Hit Gallery Added, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2016-05-24T12:09:58+00:00 rating 2.8 out of 5

Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author

Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.


User Reviews

  1. Same junk, as always with topps. This time it’s just thicker cards, bunch of no name fighters, don’t waste your money.

    Also, who thinks to put 49 cards in a set? Mixed mats and fighter worn together in a set? Topps you really need to come up with something new please! The auto’s I have seen are all low end $3 stuff, same with the relics. Again, don’t waste your money!!

  2. 5 boxes later and I can safely say its “Top of the Class” in name only, especially when Jessamyn Duke (back in Invicta FC and still losing) is on the checklist. Its a shame, I like the classy design and thick stock, but its the same old sticker autos (bar Miesha Tate, bless her) and mid-tier fighters you get with every UFC release. At least Topps have appeared to give up on redemptions, much like I’ve given up on those Overeem autos I’ve been waiting on for 3 years.

  3. I wish I would have read the reviews before purchasing. Luckily I only bought 1 box. The cards are a thick stock and have good design. Besides lack of value, my biggest complaint is the outside of the box says 1 insert and 1 parallel. So, you figure you should get 1 low #’d card. Nope. The base jumbo relic (1 per box) is #’d to /199. However, Topps counts this as a parallel. At least at only $45 per box, you can just lick your wounds and move on.

  4. Dear Topps,

    How the hell do you sleep at night?
    This product has followed the same downward trend of their UFC products.

    When I first heard about this release I was excited as it sounded like a Panini Signatures product which boasts a decent value in a limited card (5 or less) release however was disappointed.

    Once again 100% sticker auto action, even with the 1/1s. The base autos are not even numbered!!! So in reality we don’t even know what the print spread is for this product. I would assume that this is done on purpose so we assume that each auto had the same run when in reality the “money” autos are probably SSP and the rest of the product is flooded with the no value autos. (Remember 2015 FB Five Star, same issue)

    Yes, the relics are “low numbered’ but not what you would expect with a small card number release product. FYI Topps 199 is NOT a low count.

    This product also suffers from the same woes that 2016 Knockout with featuring fighters that have no reason to be in a 2016 product however to a lesser extent. I find it laughable that this product has a such a small set and they still fail to feature the true “top of the class’ fighters

    Jessamyn Duke (I’m a fan) but she was been banished back to Invctia for almost 2 years

    CM Punk (yup I’m a WWE Fan) has not stepped in the Octagon EVER! We are still waiting on his debut so how can he be declared “Top of the Class?”

    GSP: no explanation needed.

    Wait till this product goes on clearance before you buy…

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