Houston Dynamo ’19 Topps MLS Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to kinkinsley on being the lucky winner of the Alberth Elis 2019 Topps Major League Soccer Single-Player Dual Relic #’ed/215.  Once kinkinsley sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Earthquakes ’19 Topps MLS Jumbo Relic Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Nick M on being the lucky winner of the Danny Hoesen 2019 Topps Major League Soccer Jumbo Relic #’ed/220.  Once Nick M sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Chicago Fire ’18 Topps MLS Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to FLAME on being the lucky winner of the Tony Tchani 2018 Topps MLS Auto.  Once FLAME sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

FC Dallas ’17 Topps MLS Auto Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to zagrapanjc on being the lucky winner of the Mauro Diaz 2017 Topps MLS Auto #’ed/105.  Once zagrapanjc sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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!!!

2016 Topps APEX MLS Box Break & Review

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One of the most well received soccer products that Topps released last year was APEX.  It’s success can be attributed to three different factors – design, price, and configuration.  For 2016, Topps has built upon those factors and soccer fans seem to really enjoy it.  Plus, how can you go wrong with a box that has what looks like the kryptonite spear from Batman v. Superman on the front?

Just from a pure price point, 2016 APEX is very attractive.  A complete hobby box costs around $40.  That comes to $20 per mini box.  You don’t need to spend your life savings in order to bust a box.

Like last year, APEX looks like a cross between Valor and Fire.  Perhaps a little Inception can be seen in here as well.  One box should provide you with (2) autographs and (1) relic.  A big draw for those MLS collectors are the 2016 All-Star Autographs.  These are all signed on-card, which is something new when it comes to Topps MLS cards.  They are by far some of the best looking cards within this product.  Outside of those cards, everything else is signed on a sticker.  From a visual perspective my least favorite looking cards are the dual autographs.  The white boxes where the sticker autographs rest stand out quite a bit, especially if the background is dark.

Besides the autographs and relics, you’ve got a basic 100-card set to put together.  Actually there are (110) cards, but the last ten are short prints.  All printed with matte backgrounds and glossy player photos.  There are a couple of inserts to collect too.  I enjoy the way the Golazo inserts came out.  They’re packed with color.

Even if you’re not a huge soccer fan, you might want to give APEX a good hard look.  For $40 you can’t go wrong.  I think the biggest complaint people have is that there aren’t as many top tier players to pull.  That’s simply not true.  Given that APEX is priced at $40 per box, its going to be difficult to pull a big “hit”.  They’re in there.

Here is what I pulled:


  • Dominic Oduro Auto
  • Drew Moor Blue Parallel Auto #’ed/99

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  • Alvaro Saborio Crest Jumbo Patch Red Parallel #’ed/5

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  • Dom Dwyer Blue Parallel #’ed/99
  • Tommy Thompson Green Parallel #’ed/50
  • Jonathan Osorio Global Influence Green Parallel #’ed/50

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  • David Accam Global Influence
  • Cristian Techera Global Influence
  • Fabian Castillo Global Influence
  • Kellyn Acosta Global Influence
  • Robbie Keane Global Influence
  • Jonathan Osorio Global Influence
  • Dom Dwyer Golazo
  • Chris Pontius Golazo

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  • Fabian Herbers #38
  • Keegan Rosenberry #12

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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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