2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Checklist and Details


The 2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Complete rights something of a hobby injustice. Despite being one of the most popular movie franchises of all-time, especially when it comes to sports films, just two of the entries have full-fledged card sets. There have been a couple of off-shoots since then, but nothing comprehensive.

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky

This factory set, an online-exclusive on the Topps website, is the closest thing we’ve got so far.

Done in the style of 1979 Topps Rocky II, the checklist covers all of the original films from Rocky through Rocky Balboa. And we’re not talking a couple of highlights for each. The checklist features 330 cards, which averages out to more than 50 cards per movie. That said, it varies from film to film. The original Rocky and Rocky V have 31 cards each. Others go up from there.

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky IV

Also randomly inserted in select sets are Sylvester Stallone autographs. These are extremely limited, landing 1:125 sets. They come with a few different versions, each with a different image and numbered to 10.

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Sylvester Stallone Autograph

The direct cost of the 2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Complete Set is $59.99.

Topps has been fairly active with the Rocky license over the past couple of years. They included a handful of base cards and autographs of key characters in 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter. Earlier this year, Topps released some limited edition 40th Anniversary prints on their website. They also did a ten-card preview set of sorts for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention inspired by 1976 Topps Baseball. Finally, some Sylvester Stallone autographs with a picture of Rocky Balboa were a part of the recently released 2016 Topps The Mint Baseball.

An anthology set was planned about a decade ago around the time Rocky Balboa was released. But that set never came to be.

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky II

Based on the fact that there are four different autographs in the product, each numbered to 10 and inserted at a rate of 1:125 sets, the print run looks to be around 5,000 sets.

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Complete Set at a glance:

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Factory Set

Set size: 330 cards
Release date: August 30, 2016

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Checklist

Base Set

330 cards.

Rocky – #1-31

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky Museum Steps

1 “Win Rocky, Win”
2 Deep in Discussion
3 Hanging at the Gym
4 Birds-Eye View
5 Beauty and the Beast
6 In the Butcher Shop
7 Happy Couple
8 Punching Meat
9 Museum Steps
10 Post Fight Blues
11 Post-Fight Wounds
12 Staring Down Apollo
13 Backed Into the Corner
14 Between Rounds with Mick
15 Clenching Apollo
16 Adrian
17 Great American Champ
18 Apollo on the Offensive
19 The Fight Begins
20 Rock at Ease
21 Apollo in the Corner
22 Rocky Hangs Tough
23 Atop the Steps
24 Bundled Up
25 The Champ Is Here
26 Pondering Rocky
27 Working the Speedbag
28 Deep in Thought
29 Apollo Stunned
30 On the Grand Stage
31 Hitting the Speedbag

Rocky II – #32-108

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky II Apollo with the Speed Bag

32 Ready for Apollo
33 At the Bar
34 Timing Rocky
35 The Italian Stallion
36 Winter’s Day at the Park
37 Leaning in for the Kiss
38 On the Doorstep
39 Wedding Night
40 Welcome Rocky Jr.
41 New Family Takes a Walk
42 Mick Praying
43 Speed Bag
44 Punching the Body Bag
45 Leaning on the Ropes
46 Flying High Now
47 One-Arm Push-Up
48 Paulie Upset with Adrian
49 Wedding Ceremony
50 Scheming with Paulie
51 Rocky at Work
52 Training in the Basement
53 Lifting
54 Playing Stickball
55 Fist Acknowledgment
56 Running Through South Philly
57 Catch Me If You Can
58 Gaining Steam
59 Making a Point
60 Neighborhood Hero
61 Pulling Away
62 Climbing the Stairs
63 Reading with Mick
64 Apollo with Speed Bag
65 Apollo Jumping Rope
66 Mick in His Element
67 Holding the Rosary Beads
68 Determined
69 Entrance
70 Waiting for Apollo
71 Golden Robe
72 Anticipation
73 Waving to the Crowd
74 The Spectrum
75 The Champ Is Here
76 Fight Instructions
77 Last Minute Advice
78 Rocky on the Attack
79 Body Punch
80 Rocky Cut
81 On the Canvas
82 Focus
83 Down They Go
84 Hitting the Canvas
85 Get Up!
86 Advice from Mick
87 Straight Right
88 Squaring Off
89 New Champion
90 Winner by Knockout
91 Haymaker
92 Wearing the Belt
93 Battle Wounds
94 Against the Ropes
95 Pep Talk
96 Charging In
97 Left Hook Landed
98 Attacking the Body
99 Another One Lands
100 Here Comes the Left
101 Apollo Vulnerable
102 Rocky and Apollo Dazed
103 Corner Work
104 Winner
105 The Challenger
106 The Big Blow
107 Apollo Bloodied
108 Double Knockdown

Rocky III – #109-158

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky III The Champ

109 Poster Pose
110 Photo Shoot
111 Rocky Balboa
112 Clubber
113 The Champ
114 The Happy Couple
115 Spotlight Pose
116 Taping Up
117 Throwing Helmet
118 Clubber at the Fight
119 Contemplating Clubber
120 “Can’t Win Rock”
121 Apollo the Commentator
122 Adrian Watches Training
123 Paulie Smirking
124 Paulie Puzzled
125 Breaking Down the Fight
126 Adrian and Mick
127 Adrian Smiling
128 Rocky on the Stepper
129 Pulling Mick
130 “What Are You Afraid Of?”
131 Embrace
132 Determined for Clubber
133 Concentrating on the Speed Bag
134 Training with Paulie
135 Learning to Dance
136 On Your Mark, Get Set, Go
137 Trailing Apollo
138 Learning from the Master
139 Pep Talk
140 The Staredown
141 Nose to Nose
142 Mick at Ringside
143 Mick Carried Off
144 Rocky at the Bedside
145 The Champ is Down
146 Out for the Count
147 New Champion
148 Advice from Adrian
149 Ready for the Showdown
150 Gloves Up
151 Time for Some Action
152 Left Arm Cocked
153 Here Comes the Left
154 Landing Body Punches
155 Another Left Lands
156 Clubber Down
157 Jump for Victory
158 Carried Off

Rocky IV – #159-214

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Base Rocky IV Goliath

159 Drago Meets the Press
160 Drago and Apollo
161 Apollo the Showman
162 Apollo’s Pre-Fight Dancing
163 Apollo Gets Funky
164 “You Will Lose”
165 Time to Focus
166 Apollo Fights for His Life
167 “Another Right, Another Right!…”
168 “Somebody Get a Doctor!”
169 Rocky Embraces Apollo
170 High-Tech Training
171 Drago Pumps Iron
172 Adrian Travels to The Soviet Union
173 “Drago!”
174 Jumping Rope
175 Lacing ’em Up
176 Taping Up
177 Visualizing the Fight
178 Pre-Fight Routine
179 Rocky Balboa
180 Paulie in Soviet Union
181 Drago on Home Turf
182 Ready to Fight
183 “I Must Break You!”
184 Underdog
185 Drago Stares Down the Enemy
186 “Goliath”
187 Drago Lands a Right
188 Rocky Fights Back
189 Thinking of Apollo
190 Rocky Is Cut
191 Bloodbath
192 Adrian Fearing for Rocky’s Life
193 David vs. Goliath
194 Landing a Left
195 Rocky Dazed
196 Drago’s Reach
197 Rocky on the Offensive
198 Drago Knocks Rocky Back
199 Rocky Pinned in Corner
200 Rocky in Trouble
201 Late Round Comeback
202 Drago No Longer Invincible
203 Dueling Under the Lights
204 Fighting His Way Out
205 Down Goes Drago
206 Fierce Opponent
207 Devastating Left
208 High Impact
209 Rocky Wins for Apollo
210 “Absolute Pandemonium”
211 A Win for the U.S.
212 “Rocky, Rocky, Rocky!”
213 The Champ
214 Team Balboa Celebrates

Rocky V – #215-245

215 Rocky in Leather
216 Stoic Rocky
217 Back in the Gym
218 Rocky’s Streets
219 Shoulder to Lean On
220 Rocky Jr.
221 Father and Son
222 Getting Through Tough Times
223 Staying Strong Together
224 Bargaining
225 Street Fight
226 Tommy Gunn Lands a Punch
227 My Ring’s in the Street
228 Family Support
229 The Balboas Look On
230 Romantic Evening
231 Couple’s Embrace
232 Brothers in Arms
233 Tommy Gunn
234 Rocky the Trainer
235 A Gift to Tommy
236 Out for a Run
237 Training His Protégé
238 Advice from Former Champ
239 Tommy Gunn’s Power Display
240 Tommy Leans Into One
241 Knockdown for Tommy Gunn
242 Tommy Lands an Uppercut
243 Tommy Gunn Knocks Him to the Mat
244 Winner by Knockout
245 Tommy Becomes the Champ

Rocky Balboa – #246-330

246 Grocery Shopping
247 Rocky’s New Posse
248 Saluting the Fans
249 Paulie
250 Right Cross
251 Mason Being Tended To
252 Come at Me
253 Mason Lands a Left Jab
254 Reigning Champ
255 Rocky Gets Introduced
256 Excitable Paulie
257 Working at The Restaurant
258 Mason Dixon
259 You Talkin to Me?
260 Left Hook
261 Balboa vs. Dixon
262 Walking His Beloved Streets
263 Team Balboa Looks on
264 Paulie at Work
265 Rocky Jr. Out For Drinks
266 Drops the Hammer
267 Training Once Again
268 Dixon Lands a Left Hook
269 Rocky in the Corner
270 Pondering in the Streets
271 Champ Retains Title
272 Advice from Rocky Jr.
273 Man in the Mirror
274 Support from the Corner
275 Fistpump for Rocky
276 Ready for Some More
277 Pull-Ups
278 Steps
279 Steps and Rocky
280 Spar Ready
281 Dixon on the ropes
282 Rocky Parries a Punch
283 People’s Champ
284 Hydration
285 Rocky Throws a Right
286 Saluting the Crowd
287 Rocky Makes Rocky Jr. Proud
288 Pre-Fight Hysterics
289 Rocky at Adrian’s
290 Keg Lift
291 Rocky Jr. at the Bar
292 Rocky Outside the Restaurant
293 Hammering Away
294 Mason on the speed bag
295 Rocky Jr.
296 The Champ’s Many Belts
297 Godfather of Boxing
298 Rocky’s Girl
299 A New Uphill Climb
300 Rock’s Best Friend
301 Ready for Action
302 Rocky Knocks the Champ Down
303 Rock in the Streets
304 Left Cross Landed
305 Clench
306 Rocky Makes a Toast
307 Paulie at the Bar
308 Ready for Round 1
309 Rocky Lays Into One
310 Rocky Between Rounds
311 Rocky and Son Celebrate Final Fight
312 Paulie Meets the Press
313 A Surprised Dixon
314 Rocky Lands Headshot
315 Rocky on the Ropes
316 Rocky Withstands Bodyshot
317 Rocky Ready for Sparring
318 Rocky with Man’s Best Friend
319 Team Balboa
320 Rocky Displays His Reach
321 Walking the Dog
322 Talking to His Turtles
323 Power Lift
324 Bloodied Rock
325 Fight-Ready
326 Protecting the Body
327 The Defending Champ
328 Paulie Looks On
329 Paulie and Rocky Jr.
330 Rocky and Rocky Jr.


4 cards. Each image /10. 1:125 sets.

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Sylvester Stallone Autograph Gloves

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Richard 30 August, 2016 at 11:40

    Not bad. I was hoping for a direct release with autographs at a reasonable price, but silly me, I’ve not been paying enough attention given the Topps Now prices for autos/memorabilia.

    The price for a base set is not too far out of line depending on the odds of getting an autograph.

  2. Card Opinionator 31 August, 2016 at 00:18

    The auto odds are slim and none. And someone else just got the slim. $60 for a set, no inserts, and slim odds? When did this hobby become such suckers?

  3. Richard 9 September, 2016 at 20:58

    Funny as heck. I see people trying to get $100+ on Ebay for the sets when you can literally by thousands of them still on Topps.
    The set “is” popular having sold thousands. I’ve yet to see the Rocky Auto cards from it available yet, though I have seen singles broken out in weird amounts.

  4. Curtis 12 February, 2018 at 00:09

    I just got the Rocky card set for my birthday and to my surprise received a Sylvester Stallone Autographed card. It is #4 of 10!!!!

  5. David Renshaw 18 November, 2019 at 14:38

    How was the card packaged? Inserted in-between the regular cards? In a sleeve? Lose on top?


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