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2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Trading Cards

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Trading Cards

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Instead of concentrating on just one TWD season, 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution opts for an overall release, specifically covering the subject transformations across seven seasons.

A new addition to the Topps Walking Dead line, hobby boxes deliver two hits but at least one is guaranteed to be an autograph.

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Base / Inserts

Chronicling the entire run from Season 1 to Season 7 of The Walking Dead, the 100-card base character set brings with it a total of six parallels. This includes Brown (1 per pack), Black (#/50), Green (#/25), Black and White (#/10), Blood Red (1/1) and Printing Plate (1/1) options.

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Four inserts contribute more opportunities for set collectors, with Adversaries, No Safe Haven, Walkers and Weapons. Parallels match the base offerings except the Brown edition is numbered to 99 copies. All inserts combine to average one per pack.

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Autographs

With a minimum of one in every box, the 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution checklist also provides the signed cards that TWD collectors are generally most excited about. The main single-subject Autograph set includes a base version as well as Brown (#/99), Black (#/50), Green (#/25), Black and White (#/10), Blood Red (1/1) and Printing Plate (1/1) parallels. In addition, there are more limited Dual and Triple Autographs, which add one-of-one Blood parallels.

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Relics / Sketch Cards

Among the other hits in 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution, Costume Relic inserts offer the same six parallels that match the rest of the release. Upping the wardrobe pieces are Dual Relic and Triple Relic cards. There are also Autographed Costume Relic cards (#/10). All three premium options include a Blood Red (1/1) parallel.

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Finally, TWD Evolution delivers hand-drawn Sketch cards that depict notable characters from the series.

Release Date: 11/29/2017
Product Configuration: 8 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 8 boxes per case

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph
  • 1 Additional Hit
  • 24 Base Parallels
  • 24 Inserts

 

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Set Checklist

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Checklist

Base Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Brown (1 per pack), Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
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1 Rick Grimes
2 Rick Grimes
3 Rick Grimes
4 Rick Grimes
5 Rick Grimes
6 Rick Grimes
7 Rick Grimes
8 Carl Grimes
9 Carl Grimes
10 Carl Grimes
11 Carl Grimes
12 Carl Grimes
13 Carl Grimes
14 Carl Grimes
15 Daryl Dixon
16 Daryl Dixon
17 Daryl Dixon
18 Daryl Dixon
19 Daryl Dixon
20 Daryl Dixon
21 Daryl Dixon
22 Carol Peletier
23 Carol Peletier
24 Carol Peletier
25 Carol Peletier
26 Carol Peletier
27 Carol Peletier
28 Glenn Rhee
29 Glenn Rhee
30 Glenn Rhee
31 Glenn Rhee
32 Glenn Rhee
33 Glenn Rhee
34 Maggie Greene
35 Maggie Greene
36 Maggie Greene
37 Maggie Greene
38 Maggie Greene
39 Maggie Greene
40 Michonne
41 Michonne
42 Michonne
43 Michonne
44 Michonne
45 Sasha Williams
46 Sasha Williams
47 Sasha Williams
48 Abraham Ford
49 Abraham Ford
50 Abraham Ford
51 Eugene Porter
52 Eugene Porter
53 Eugene Porter
54 Eugene Porter
55 Rosita Espinosa
56 Rosita Espinosa
57 Rosita Espinosa
58 Rosita Espinosa
59 Gabriel Stokes
60 Gabriel Stokes
61 Gabriel Stokes
62 Shane Walsh
63 Shane Walsh
64 Lori Grimes
65 Lori Grimes
66 Andrea
67 Andrea
68 Dale Horvath
69 Dale Horvath
70 Merle Dixon
71 Merle Dixon
72 Hershel Greene
73 Hershel Greene
74 Hershel Greene
75 Tyreese Williams
76 Tyreese Williams
77 Bob Stookey
78 Bob Stookey
79 Tara Chambler
80 Tara Chambler
81 Aaron
82 Aaron
83 Jessie Anderson
84 Jessie Anderson
85 Deanna Monroe
86 Deanna Monroe
87 Spencer Monroe
88 Spencer Monroe
89 Enid
90 Enid
91 Dwight
92 Dwight
93 Paul "Jesus" Rovia
94 Paul "Jesus" Rovia
95 Sophia Peletier
96 Sophia Peletier
97 The Governor
98 The Governor
99 Negan
100 Negan

 

Autographs Set Checklist

PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
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A-AA Austin Amelio as Dwight
A-AAM Austin Amelio as Dwight
A-AN Austin Nichols as Spencer Monroe
A-ANI Austin Nichols as Spencer Monroe
A-ANM Ann Mahoney as Olivia
A-BS Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuel
A-CB Corey Brill as Pete Anderson
A-CHAR Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
A-CHR Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
A-CR Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
A-CRIG Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
A-EB Emma Bell as Amy
A-JAM James Allen McCune as Jimmy
A-JB Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
A-JBE Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
A-JC Jose Pablo Cantillo as Caesar Martinez
A-JDM Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan
A-JK Jeff Kober as Joe
A-JMC Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter
A-JOM Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter
A-JP Jeremy Palko as Andy
A-JW Jordan Woods-Robinson as Eric Raleigh
A-LT Lew Temple as Axel
A-MC Michael Cudlitz as Abraham Ford
A-MCU Michael Cudlitz as Abraham Ford
A-ML Madison Lintz as Sophia Peletier
A-MD Major Dodson as Sam Anderson
A-MEM Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
A-MEMC Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
A-MMC Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
A-MMCB Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
A-NG Nick Gomez as Tomas
A-NOR Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
A-NR Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
A-NRD Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
A-NRE Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
A-RM Ross Marquand as Aaron
A-RMA Ross Marquand as Aaron
A-SC Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
A-SCO Steve Coulter as Reg Monroe
A-SG Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel
A-SGI Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel
A-SWC Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
A-TF Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna Monroe
A-TP Tom Payne as Paul "Jesus" Rovia
A-TPA Tom Payne as Paul "Jesus" Rovia
A-XB Xander Berkeley as Gregory

 

Dual Autographs Set Checklist

5 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Blood Red 1/1.

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DA-RP Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon / Tom Payne as Paul "Jesus" Rovia
DA-BT Corey Brill as Pete Anderson / Michael Traynor as Nicholas
DA-RN Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes / Katelyn Nacon as Enid
DA-CG Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams / Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel
DA-KK Kyla Kenedy as Mika Samuels / Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels

 

Triple Autographs Set Checklist

3 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Blood Red 1/1.

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TA-CMS Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos
TA-MRR Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs
TA-MKS Melissa McBride, Kyla Kenedy, Brighton Sharbino

 

Accordion Autograph Book Set Checklist

1 card with 12 signers.

 

12A-WDE Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Steven Yeun, Chad L. Coleman, Seth Gilliam, David Morrissey

 

Autographed Relics Set Checklist

10 cards. Serial numbered #/10.
PARALLEL CARDS: Blood 1/1.
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RDA-AB Alexandra Breckinridge
RDA-CB Corey Brill
RDA-CR Chandler Riggs
RDA-JM Josh McDermitt
RDA-KN Katelyn Nacon
RDA-LG Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
RDA-MC Michael Cudlitz
RDA-SM Sonequa Martin-Green
RDA-SY Steven Yeun
RDA-TW Tyler James Williams

 

Autographed Bat Relics Set Checklist

7 cards. Walmart only.

BRA-JM1 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
BRA-JM2 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
BRA-JM3 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
BRA-JM4 Jeffrey Dean Morgan
BRA-SY Steven Yeun
BRA-MC Michael Cudlitz
BRA-AN Austin Nichols

 

Manufactured Bat Relic Set Checklist

7 cards. Walmart only.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood 1/1.
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BR-N1 Negan
BR-N2 Negan
BR-N3 Negan
BR-N4 Negan
BR-GR Glenn Rhee
BR-AF Abraham Ford
BR-SM Spencer Monroe

 

Costume Relics Set Checklist

17 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1.
*Rick Grimes is Walmart exclusive.*
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R-AF Abraham Ford
R-BS Bob Stookey
R-CG Carl Grimes
R-DD Daryl Dixon
R-DL Dawn Lerner
R-DW Dwight
R-EN Enid
R-EP Eugene Porter
R-GR Glenn Rhee
R-JA Jessie Anderson
R-MG Maggie Greene
R-NO Noah
R-PA Pete Anderson
R-RG Rick Grimes *
R-RE Rosita Espinosa
R-SW Sasha Williams
R-TC Tara Chambler

 

Dual Costume Relics Set Checklist

6 cards. Serial numbered #/50.
PARALLEL CARDS: Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1.
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DR-DC Daryl Dixon, Carl Grimes
DR-AE Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter
DR-NB Noah, Bob Stookey
DR-GM Glenn Rhee, Maggie Greene
DR-DR Daryl Dixon, Rosita
DR-DS Daryl Dixon, Sasha Williams

 

Triple Relics Set Checklist

2 cards. Serial numbered #/25.
PARALLEL CARDS: Black and White #/10, Blood 1/1.

TR-RCD Rick, Carl, Daryl
TR-AER Abraham, Eugene, Rosita

 

Rick Grimes / Walker Dual Relics Set Checklist

5 cards. Walmart only. Serial numbered #/50.
PARALLEL CARDS: Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood 1/1.

DWR-RG1 Rick Grimes, Walker
DWR-RG2 Rick Grimes, Walker
DWR-RG3 Rick Grimes, Walker
DWR-RG4 Rick Grimes, Walker
DWR-RG5 Rick Grimes, Walker

 

Terminus Butcher Relics Set Checklist

3 cards. Target only.
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TBR-TB1 The Butcher
TBR-TB2 The Butcher
TBR-TB3 The Butcher

 

Walker Relics Set Checklist

5 cards. Walmart only.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood 1/1.

R-W1 Walker Costume
R-W2 Walker Costume
R-W3 Walker Costume
R-W4 Walker Costume
R-W5 Walker Costume

 

Adversaries Set Checklist

12 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
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AD-1 Rick Grimes, The Governor
AD-2 Rick Grimes, Negan
AD-3 Rick Grimes, Shane Walsh
AD-4 Carl Grimes, Ron Anderson
AD-5 Glenn Rhee, Nicholas
AD-6 Rick Grimes, Pete Anderson
AD-7 Rick Grimes, Merle Dixon
AD-8 The Governor, Michonne
AD-9 Dale, Andrea
AD-10 The Governor, Andrea
AD-11 The Governor, Merle Dixon
AD-12 Shane Walsh, Otis

 

Allegiances Set Checklist

10 cards. Walmart only.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.

AL-1 Rick Grimes, Hershel Greene
AL-2 Daryl Dixon, Carol Peletier
AL-3 Rick Grimes, Carol Peletier
AL-4 Glenn Rhee, Maggie Greene
AL-5 Abraham Ford, Rosita
AL-6 Shane Walsh, Lori Grimes
AL-7 Daryl Dixon, Aaron
AL-8 Dale Horvath, Glenn Rhee
AL-9 Shane Walsh, Andrea
AL-10 Carol Peletier, Tyrese Williams

 

In-Memoriam Set Checklist

9 cards. Target only.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.

M-1 Shane Walsh
M-2 Lori Grimes
M-3 Andrea
M-4 Sophia Peletier
M-5 Dale Horvath
M-6 Merle Dixon
M-7 Bob Stookey
M-8 The Governor
M-9 Hershel

 

No Safe Haven Set Checklist

9 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
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NSF-1 Atlanta
NSF-2 Terminus
NSF-3 Alexandria
NSF-4 Greene Family Farm
NSF-5 Woodbury
NSF-6 St. Sarah's Church
NSF-7 The Prison
NSF-8 Hilltop Colony
NSF-9 Eastman's Cabin

 

Walker Set Checklist

10 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
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WA-1 Shane Walsh
WA-2 Sophia Peletier
WA-3 Merle Dixon
WA-4 Sasha
WA-5 Milton
WA-6 Deanna
WA-7 Randall
WA-8 The Deer Hunter
WA-9 Woodbury Intruder
WA-10 Aquarium Heads

 

Weapons Set Checklist

12 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Brown #/99, Black #/50, Green #/25, Black and White #/10, Blood Red 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.
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W-1 Rick's Revolver
W-2 Daryl's Crossbow
W-3 Carol's Explosives
W-4 Tyrese's Hammer
W-5 Michonne's Katana
W-6 Sasha's Silencer Rifle
W-7 Maggie's Machete
W-8 Lucille
W-9 Abraham's Rifle
W-10 Morgan's Wooden Staff
W-11 Merle's Knife Arm
W-12 Jerry's Axe

 

Sketch Cards Checklist

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Product Review

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Product Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: At least one autograph per box; consistent theme throughout set; really draws you into the TWD world.

Bad: Designs can feel a little one-note; not a fan of the manufactured relics; expected more key character autographs from throughout series.

The Bottom Line: A retrospective of sorts, 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution is about the character progression during the first seven years of the show. While that gives Topps another angle to work with instead of the seasonal variety, it does ultimately limit the coverage more than anticipated.

Staff Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.0/5.0

Similar to the show, the designs are dark and gritty. Unlike the show, some can be rather boring, as well. Using the show image as the prominent feature, designs are limited to a large-text title at the bottom. For the inserts, it's fine, because it lets you know it is something different. The little additions were also nice for the inserts, including the smoking gun on Weapons and curling map on No Safe Haven. I also found the Walker cards to be intriguing given their open-mouth look, complete with rows of teeth on the top of bottom. Gross, but in a good way. I know Topps sticks hard to the non-sport format, but I would like to see some foil, acetate, or any other card technology incorporated into at least one insert per set.

However, the plentiful base options with EVOLUTION spelled out in big letters, dominating the character name, did not work as well for me. Parallels are a little lost here, but I did appreciate the red foil stamping on numbered cards.

The main autograph design actually has the most distinct look as the signing area is an empty, winding road, and the character image is set against an angled background where the colors change to indicate parallels. You'd think the horizontal layout would open up the signing area but it is about the same as the average vertical card.

The rest of the autographs are stickers, including multi-subject and auto relics, and although there are several different relic sets, they are very similar in design.

Make no mistake, Lucille is an iconic prop from the show, and a screen-used relic would be awesome. Nevertheless, the manufactured bat was a bit disappointing. Not because it wasn't clearly marked, as it is labeled "manufactured" on the card, but because it seems lame to have gone this route in the first place. These are exclusive to Walmart boxes so this is not a concern for hobby shoppers.

Checklist: 3.5/5.0

The checklist reaches across the show for specific characters, making the 100-card base seem smaller as it only ends up covering 31 subjects.

These are the options I would expect to be included in the autograph set. While there are some bigger names among the 47 autographs, because some have as many as four different cards, there are only 30 total signers. You do have Daryl Dixon, Negan, Carol Peletier, Carl Grimes, and Shane Walsh, but no dice on Glenn Rhee, Michonne, Rick Grimes and Maggie Greene in the main autograph insert.

Once again, there is a fairly decent portion of the set (mostly relics) that is reserved for retail. I have no strong feelings on it, but it is good to note in case it's not clear.

Value: 3.75/5.0

Coming in at around $80-95 per hobby box (at the time of this review), the value for 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution boils down to the two hits. If they are both autographs (like our review box), you stand a decent chance. Sketch values aren't as strong as other sets, but they can save a box. It's also important to remember that retail is an appealing option for TWD Evolution because it has exclusive relics. If autographs aren't as important to you, retail may be the better avenue to take.

The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0

While the designs didn't wow me, it's hard to be too disappointed pulling two on-card autographs that are each numbered under 100. Negan is arguably the biggest name in the set and Father Gabriel is another solid pull. Plus, I am also a fan of Seth Gilliam from his days on The Wire. I admit the signed cards saved the box in terms of fun, as it is pretty bleak and can feel repetitive. That can be the downside to trying to capture the mood of a show that is generally quite somber. I still hope for some creativity in the future when it comes to the inserts.

2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Hit Gallery / Pack Odds, NPN Info

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Trading Cards, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2018-01-03T14:15:10+00:00 rating 3.6 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 Comments

  1. I’m so bummed. Nobody does TWD Box Breaks.

  2. Bat Relics?! as in a piece of Lucille? i’m all in!!

  3. WHAT THE HELL, WHY ALL THE WALMART EXCLUSIVES.. HOBBY SHOULD HAVE MORE!

  4. I’m an artist on this set
    Lee Brown

  5. The Bat Relics are manufactered for the set and were not used in filming. It is clearly printed on the back of the relic cards. Don’t even know why they would make a card like that!

  6. what are the red numbered card? I got a walker card that is 18/50 in red on the back.

  7. Parallels are noted for each card set. The Walker version #/50 is the Black parallel. It appears all of the numbering on the back uses red foil.

  8. I have an allegiances card of Maggie and Glenn with red numbers on the bottom of the card not really sure if it’s a special insert or not

  9. Sounds like a parallel. What are the exact numbers listed (xx/xx)?

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