Legend and Tragedy: Topps WCW Autograph Cards

Legend and Tragedy: Topps WCW Autograph Cards


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.

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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.

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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
Disco Inferno
Eddy Guerrero
Ernest Miller
Fit Finley
Gene Okerlund
Hollywood Hogan
Jimmy Hart
Juventud Guerrera
Kaz Hayashi
Kevin Nash
Mike Tenay
Sick Boy
Tony Schiavone

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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
Charles Robinson
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Curt Hennig
David Penzer
El Dandy
Hector Garza
Hugh Morrus
Jim Neidhart
Kenny Kaos
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
Super Calo
Ultimo Dragon

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1999 Embossed

1999 Topps WCW Embossed Autographs Checklist

Inserted 1:49 packs.

Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Brad Armstrong
Buff Bagwell
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.
"Outrageous" Evan Karagios
Sarge Buddy Lee Parker
Scott Hudson
Scott Putsky
Steve Regal
Tank Abbott
Tough Tom
Van Hammer

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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

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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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