Legend and Tragedy: Ultimate Topps WCW Autograph Cards Guide

Legend and Tragedy: Ultimate Topps WCW Autograph Cards Guide

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.

1998/1999 Topps WCW: A Star-Studded Event

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 but 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.

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Meanwhile, WCW still had some wrestling stars they helped develop on their own. Sting, Chris Jericho, The Giant, Eddie Guerrero (or Eddy as he was with Turner's company) and Goldberg are some of the notable options.

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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 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, "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.

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Where to Find Topps WCW Autographs

Beyond the singles on eBay, for those looking to roll the dice on pulling WCW autographs from packs, be sure to find Hobby boxes. Topps also did Retail boxes for some of their WCW sets but these don't have any signed cards. Even in Hobby boxes, there are no guarantees you'll find one. The signature cards averaged about one in two boxes, which is a far cry from today's products with promised hits.

All things considered, the values 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, producing high prices. As a result, key stars and late wrestlers can sell for several hundred dollars.

Use the tabs below 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.

Ultimate Topps WCW Autograph Cards Guide

1998

1998 Topps WCW/nWo Autographs Checklist

37 cards. 1:40 hobby packs. Buy on eBay. 

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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

 

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1999 Nitro

1999 Topps WCW/nWo Nitro Autographs Checklist

37 cards. 1:40 hobby packs. Buy on eBay. 

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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

 

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1999 Embossed

1999 Topps WCW Embossed Autographs Checklist

27 cards. 1:49 packs. Buy on eBay. 

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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

 

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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
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Ryan Cracknell

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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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    How much would you pay for an wcw/nwo kidman autograph card mint condition?

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