UFC Lic back to Topps (Fanatics)
Rumors were swirling last year, especially after the WWE dropped Panini well before the end of their agreement.
This week it is official - the UFC Lic is back with Topps. They have already started presale on 2024 Chrome.
I am an old Topps UFC/MMA collector (they had the lic from 2009-21, the Panini took over)... I am excited to see where this goes as Panini was over hyped & over produced and just didn't do anything to distinguish the UFC cards.
Not optimistic Fanatics will be much better for the average collector but will see.
The UFC card hobby is fascinating segment and gaining a lot of new collectors every year. Fasted growing sport in the world but so much different than traditional sports (and card collecting) as it's all about the individual fighter.
Here is an half decent article from Topps.... glosses over a lot of the prior card history but shows they see this as a massive area of new growth.
As we all love visuals.... here are the 2009 Topps UFC Round 1 rare cards of the man who won UFC 1 - Royce Grace (red auto /25 and Ultimate Gear Auto /25)