Even as we move further and further into the digital age, the appeal of trading cards is still understandable. There's a natural inclination for all of us to want to collect something, even if the expense and physical space taken up by small pieces of cardboard is more difficult for some people to fathom.
Topps understands both parts of this dichotomy, which is why it's been pushing aggressively into the digital trading card space with apps like NFL HUDDLE and the more recent UFC KNOCKOUT. Now the company has turned its attention to the world of sports entertainment, releasing the WWE SLAM app this week.
Fans of the previous apps will find this one all too comfortable, since many of its core features are the same. For everyone else who's a fan of the WWE, trading cards, or both, here are a few reasons why you might want to check it out.
It's as free as you want it to be
Not only is WWE SLAM free to download, it provides an opportunity to enjoy the collecting experience without spending any additional money if you don't wish to do so. Packs of digital cards are purchased using in-app coins, some of which you get for free every day you log in. Remember to log in seven days in a row and you'll get a bonus.
People who decide to spend real money get more coins to spend, and while the card mix is still in its infancy since WWE SLAM just launched, prior Topps apps provide us with the confidence to say that free users will still have a shot at some nice cards on occasion. Yes, Topps wants to make money, and spenders will inevitably have more impressive collections, but you can't collect any physical cards for free, a fact that automatically makes this app appealing.
All of the good stuff from real trading cards will be in WWE SLAM
Physical card collectors know that the trading card industry has had a focus on "hits" for a while. Those cards have autographs, pieces of memorabilia embedded, or simply very limited print runs -- and often some combination of those three factors.
Believe it or not, Topps includes all of those aspects in its apps, and while a digital reproduction of an autograph isn't exactly the same thing as having a WWE superstar sign an item for you, it's the next best thing. Topps has already promised autographs, relics, and low-numbered inserts, and WWE SLAM will allow you to chase them all.
WWE past, present, and future are all represented
Naturally, the cards in WWE SLAM feature all the stars you see on TV each week, including John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose. But even in these early days, you'll also find cards of the NXT talent and legends like Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, and many more.
Since you can trade duplicates with other users right through the app, there's always a way to get cards of your favorites. It's hard to imagine that anyone who tunes in to live WWE programming won't enjoy dipping their toes into the WWE SLAM pool, so hit up the App Store now and see for yourself.