FC Dallas ’17 Topps MLS Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Mauro Diaz 2017 Topps MLS Auto #’ed/105.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2017 Topps Major League Soccer Box Break & Review

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Have you ever been to the National Soccer Hall of Fame?  I took a tour through it on one of my visits to Cooperstown.  Its located in Oneonta, NY which is very close to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Visiting it was kind of a last minute idea.  If I ever go back to Cooperstown or make my way up to Springfield, MA to the Basketball Hall of Fame, I’ll have to stop in Oneonta again.  The National Soccer Hall of Fame has a giant soccer ball bursting out of the side of the building.

Collectors opening boxes of 2017 Topps Major League Soccer will quickly notice a design overhaul compared to previous releases.  The best way for me to describe the base set is by calling it a clean white glow look.  I like it.  The color of the glow changes with the various parallels.  An entire base set consists of (190) cards.  Parallels you can pull include Blue #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed/1.  This product also debuts cards for the Atlanta United and Minnesota United Football Clubs.

For the most part, Topps made it easy to spot the photo variations.  Variations have different card numbers compared to their base counterparts.  These too have Orange, Red, and Black parallels.

  • Giovani dos Santos – Base #5, Variation #103
  • Andrea Pirlo – Base #46, Variation #32
  • Tim Howard – Base #34, Variation #150
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips – Base #40, Variation #50
  • Ola Kamara – Base #113, Variation #47
  • Fanendo Adi – Base #58, Variation #149
  • Sacha Kljestan – Base #111, Variation #73
  • Ignacio Piatti – Base #74, Variation #138
  • Kaka – Base #145, Variation #154
  • Cyle Larin – Base #146, Variation #155
  • Jordan Morris – Base #148, Variation #157

Sebastian Giovinco, Clint Dempsey, and David Villa have photo variations, but their card numbers mirror the base.  Sebastian Giovinco’s variation pictures him in a white jersey.  Clint Dempsey’s variation has him in a blue jersey.  David Villa’s variation has a dark blue jersey.

Every hobby box promises (2) autographs and (1) jumbo relic.  Inserts include Back of the Net, Faces of the Franchise Autographs, Give + Go, Museum Collection Signature SwatchesThrowback Topps, and Throwback Topps Autographs.  All have their good share of parallels.

The 1987 Topps Baseball design sure is getting it’s share of coverage this year.  Rightfully so, given that its celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.  Applying that design to soccer cards looks cool.  These are probably my favorite cards in the entire product.

Something that I miss are the sketch and hand-drawn art patch cards.  These were found in the last two iterations of this brand.  Monty Sheldon’s contributions to the 2015 and 2016 sets were great.  I’d like to see those comeback.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Mauro Diaz Base Auto #’ed/105
  • Maximiliano Urruti Base Auto #’ed/469

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  • Chris Wondolowski Jumbo Jersey #’ed/60

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Photo Variation

  • Clint Dempsey #25 (Blue Jersey) Red Parallel #’ed/10

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  • Harry Shipp Orange #’ed/25
  • Real Salt Lake Blue #’ed/99
  • Waylon Francis Blue #’ed/99
  • Darren Mattocks Blue #’ed/99

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  • Emmanuel Boateng/Gyasi Zardes Give + Go
  • Quincy Amarikwa/Chris Wondolowski Give + Go
  • Marlon Hairston/Shkelzen Gashi Give + Go
  • Diego Valeri Back of the Net #9
  • Dom Dwyer Back of the Net #5
  • Fanendo Adi Back of the Net #7
  • Chris Wondolowski Back of the Net #13
  • Ignacio Piatti Back of the Net #4
  • Kei Kamara Back of the Net #14
  • David Villa Throwback Topps
  • Kasey Keller Throwback Topps
  • Andrea Pirlo Throwback Topps
  • Keegan Rosenberry Throwback Topps

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Mariners ’17 Topps Series 1 Jersey Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Robinson Cano 2017 Topps Series 1 Major League Material Jersey.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Monty Sheldon’s 2016 Topps MLS Sketch Patch Card Gallery

Hand-drawn sketch cards, especially ones containing a multi-colored swatch, are some of my favorite modern day cards.  In addition to Gypsy Queen this year, sports artist Monty Sheldon contributed his talent to 2016 Topps Major League Soccer too.  There are (10) sketch patch cards inserted within ’16 Topps MLS, and Monty Sheldon drew all of them.  Each card is numbered “1 of 1” and is incredibly difficult to pull.  I think they look absolutely stunning.  I like how the patch seems to be shinning a beam of light on the player.  Even though this product was released in April, I’ve only seen two of these cards arrive on the secondary market – Obafemi Martins and Federico Higuain.

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Major Giveaways Scheduled For The 2016 National

Although the odds of winning are very slim, it can’t hurt to enter some of the contests that will be held during the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention.  This year in particular there seems to be some heavy prizes up for grabs that you might regret not registering for.  Most only require you to stop by their booth and fill out a short form providing them with your name, e-mail, and phone number.  As of this writing there are three companies holding some nice giveaways that you might want to check out – Baseball Card Roadshows, Wheatland Auction Services, and PSA.

Baseball Card Roadshows (corporate booth #632) will be giving away a Sandy Koufax 1955 Topps RC #123 graded by SGC an 84 (Near Mint 7).  Simply stop by their booth, fill out the entry form, and you’re done.  You don’t even need to be present to win.

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Wheatland Auction Services (corporate booth #’s 657 and 756) has a Muhammad Ali JSA authenticated signed print that you can win.  Stop by and fill out the entry form for your chance to win.

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PSA might take the cake when it comes to prizes this year.  Four lucky collectors will walk away with a Derek Jeter signed baseball, Joe DiMaggio signed check, Mickey Mantle signed photo, or Babe Ruth signed check.  You can enter during the show or on their website right now.  In addition to their on-site grading/authentication services, PSA also has some special giveaways for those who sign up for their Gold or Platinum Collectors Club.  Those people who sign up for the Collectors Club will receive a copy of the book The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs.  You’ll even have a chance to get the authors to sign it.  Getting your book signed automatically enters you in a contest to win a Ted Williams signed photo.  While supplies last, new Collectors Club members will also receive a commemorative Ty Cobb Lucky 7 promo.  These will be limited to 777 copies.  PSA will be located at corporate booth #49.

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2016 Topps Major League Soccer Box Break & Review

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In honor of Leicester City overcoming the 5,000-to-1 preseason odds to clinch their first Premiere League title, lets dive into the latest soccer product from Topps.  It may not be English soccer, but it still counts.

The base set contains (200) cards.  Its packed with veterans and rookies.  One of the newest inclusions is the first MLS card of Frank Lampard.  His stuff is immensely popular.  Lampard left Manchester City to come play for the New York City FC last year.

Like a lot of flagship products, you’ll find some short print photo variations.  In all there are (10) of them.  Topps didn’t put anything on these to indicate that they’re a photo variation.  They look and feel like a regular base card.  Printed on the back of every card is a small code.  Sometimes Topps will change this code and it will differ for the photo variations.  Not here.  Photo variations and base cards have the same code.  I did find one shortcut though which doesn’t involve you checking every single base card.  I pulled (3) photo variations from my box.  Each one was face down in the pack when I opened it.  So, if your going through a pack and you find a card face down and it isn’t a “hit”, there is a good chance its a photo variation.

Gypsy Queen isn’t the only product now with hand-drawn sketch cards featuring a multi-colored patch.  This product has them too.  I’ve only seen one popup, and it was a redemption.  The artist(s) may not have returned them to Topps in time.  It will be interesting to see what these actually look like.  I enjoy anything hand-drawn that’s combined with an autograph or relic.

Between the box I opened and some of the other breaks I’ve seen, 2016 Topps Major League Soccer seems to be quite solid.  Even if your not a huge soccer fan, but looking for a box to bust, you may want to give this product a chance.  It can pack quite the punch for a flagship brand.  Granted, not every box will yield the pull of a lifetime.  But I think it has a great shot at being decent.

You’re promised (2) autographs and (1) jumbo relic per box.  I only pulled (1) autograph.  But the printing plate and Kaká red parallels made up for it.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Dominic Oduro Auto #’ed/350

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  • Benny Feilhaber Jumbo Match-Used Memorabilia #’ed/55

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Short Print Photo Variations

  • Andrea Pirlo #61
  • Kei Kamara #156
  • David Villa #100

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  • Cristian Techera Magenta Printing Plate #’ed 1/1
  • Kaká Presence of the Pitch Red #’ed/5
  • Ryan Hollingshead Orange #’ed/25
  • Darren Mattocks Blue #’ed/99
  • Sean Franklin Blue #’ed/99
  • Cyle Larin Blue #’ed/99
  • Teal Bunbury Blue #’ed/99

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  • Steve Gerrard/Chris Wondolowski Rooted Rivalries
  • Diego Fagundez/David Villa Rooted Rivalries
  • Clint Dempsey/Pedro Morales/Diego Valeri Rooted Rivalries
  • Dax McCarty Presence of the Pitch
  • Didier Drogba Presence of the Pitch
  • Andrea Pirlo Presence of the Pitch
  • Sean Johnson Presence of the Pitch
  • Benny Feilhaber All-Star
  • Fabian Castillo All-Star
  • DaMarcus Beasley All-Star
  • Waylon Francis All-Star
  • Ethan Finlay All-Star
  • Matt Besler All-Star

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Card of the Day: Jobu 2014 Topps Archives Major League Jumbo

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