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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inserted 1:40 hobby packs.
Diamond Dallas Page
Inserted 1:40 hobby packs.
Bam Bam Bigelow
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
1999 Topps WCW Embossed Autographs Checklist
Inserted 1:49 packs.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
"Lightning Foot" Jerry Flynn
"Outrageous" Evan Karagios
Sarge Buddy Lee Parker
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.
Bobby Duncum Jr. - Nitro
Booker T - Nitro
Hardcore Hak - Embossed
Mikey Whipwreck - Embossed
Rey Mysterio Jr. - Nitro
Ric Flair - Nitro
Scott Steiner - Embossed