2009 UFC Debut
What I pulled--
Gold Parallels – Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir, Kurt Pellegrino vs. Drew Fickett, Heath Herring vs. Jake O’Brien, Quinton Jackson
vs. Marvin Eastman, Patrick Cote vs. Tito Ortiz, Frank Mir vs. Roberto Traven, Joe Lauzon vs. Jens Pulver
Black Parallels (#ed to 288) – Steve Mazzagatti, Nate Marquardt vs. Ivan Salaverry, Matt Hughes vs. Valeri Ignatov, Kurt
Pellegrino vs. Drew Fickett, Rashad Evans vs. Brad Imes
Top 10 Fights of 2008 – Diaz vs. Neer, Wiman vs. Tavares, Sherk vs. Griffin, Maia vs. MacDonald, Pellegrino vs. Tavares
Top 10 Fights of 2008 Gold – Pellegrino vs. Tavares (#38/88)
20 Victorious Debuts – Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin, Kendall Grove, Amir Sadollah, Anderson Silva
Mat Relics – Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben, Quinton Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman
Ultimate Gear (#ed to 500) – Matt Riddle, Ben Saunders
Autographs – Randy Couture, Michael Bisping, Tim Credeur
Ultimate Fighting is the latest rage in sports in America, and Topps has jumped into the UFC
game with its UFC Debut set.
Featuring in-match (and graphic, in some cases) photography and many of the biggest names in
the fight game, UFC Debut makes a splashy, well, debut. I’m not very familiar with many of the
names that compete inside the octagon, but know enough of them to know that all of the big ones
are here – Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture, Action Jackson and others grace some of the most
visually striking (OK, no more puns, I hope) cards collectors will come across. The theme is debut
matches, and each one is captured with the date and some notes on the back.
Of course, there is more for the collector. Besides a few individual shots of non-fighting personnel (yes,
including the girls), there is a plethora of parallels and inserts. Each pack has something, which is always
good, whether it is a parallel or one of the glossy inserts. There are plenty of hits in each box, too, with mat
relics, gear relics and plenty of autographs to provide the box breaker with plenty of value. The autos are
drawing quite a bit of interest on the secondary market, so there seems to be a nice market for this set.
This is a niche set, much like WWE cards. If you don’t know UFC, I doubt you’ll be getting this. But, to be
honest, there is a lot to like here. The pictures are awesome and the hits are plentiful. I’m surprised,
actually, that I am giving this a high grade, even though I’m not very familiar with UFC. But you can’t deny
quality when it appears, as it does here........................