Before I jump in to the list of the top WWE trading cards to look out for, let's get you up to date on the state of the wrestling card market. The 2022 release of WWE Prizm has put a spotlight back on wrestling trading cards. The iconic stars of the 90s and 2000s have been rebranded into the ever-sought-after Prizm set. This has ushered in both a layer of nostalgia and a desire to hunt the jaw-dropping Gold and Black Prizms, which consistently bring in a pretty penny across all sports.
However, Prizm isn’t the wrestling world’s first grand entrance into the hobby. Legends like Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, and Hulk Hogan all have rookie cards stemming back to the early 1980s. The following list highlights a few of the most revered sets for WWE collectors:
- 1982 Wrestling All Stars
- 1985 Topps WWF Pro Wrestling Stars
- 1991 Classic WWF Superstars
- 1997 Cardinal WWF Trivia Game Cards
- 1998 Comic Images WWF Superstarz
- 2002 Fleer WWE Royal Rumble
- 2002 Fleer WWE Raw vs. Smackdown
- 2014 Topps Chrome WWE
- 2022 Panini Prizm WWE Debut Edition
There are other noteworthy sets to acknowledge as well, but the aforementioned list offers rookie cards for the game’s most heralded superstars. Diehard fans of the WWE/WWF have been accumulating these cards for decades now, and now the average cardboard collector is catching on. CardLadder has reported a 34.7% increase in its wrestling index over the past 90 days. This comes at a time when many other major sports have been on a downhill slope, so it is exciting to see big sales across the WWE market.
Today, we intend to feature 10 cards in the WWE world that are worthy of a second (or third) glance. Some may have fetched a high price at auction, while others may be up for grabs as you are reading this article.
Without further ado, here are the top WWE trading cards to look out for: