Chicago Fire ’18 Topps MLS Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Tony Tchani 2018 Topps MLS Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 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!!!
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2018 Topps Premier League Platinum Soccer Box Break & Review

How about another soccer box?  This time around its a box of 2018 Topps Premier League Platinum.  Between my box of ’18 Topps MLS and ’17/’18 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League, I’ve seen some decent pulls.  Will the luck continue?  Lets take a look.

A master box is made up of two mini boxes.  Guaranteed inside each mini box is one autograph.  That means there are two autographs per master box.  Also, one of those mini boxes will have a relic card.

The base set consists of (100) cards.  Parallels include Green #’ed/100, Purple #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Holographic Foil #’ed 1/1.  Beyond the base set, the card numbers continue with a good number of short prints – Global Star (#101-#140), New Signing (#141-#160), and Icon (#161-#180).  Each of these have Purple parallels #’ed/50, and a FoilFractor #’ed 1/1.

Topps did a wonderful job of designing these cards.  They look really nice.  You don’t see Topps using a lot of foilboard.  Very clean looking too.  I like the plastic feel.  It would be very neat to see a baseball set designed like this.  Even the font used for the serial numbering isn’t what you’d traditionally see.  I think that has a lot to do with these cards being printed in the UK.

Boxes cost about $80.  Considering you receive (96) cards per box, it wouldn’t take that much to complete the base set.  Eric Cantona of Manchester United is a top autograph to pull.  Base autographs sell for $200.  It’s parallels are worth even more.

Even if you’re not that into soccer, products like this are fun to open if you want something different.  I’ve had a lot of luck with them recently.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Grzegorz Krychowiak
  • Alvaro Morata

Relics

  • Christian Atsu
  • Adam Federici

Parallels

  • Jordan Henderson Purple #’ed/50
  • Heung-Min Son Purple #’ed/50
  • Leighton Baines Green #’ed/100

Icon

  • Matt Ritchie

Global Star

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Chris Lowe
  • Gabriel Jesus
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson

New Signing

  • Mohamed Salah
  • Harry Maguire
  • Wesley Hoedt

2018 Topps Major League Soccer Box Break & Review

Lately, soccer products from Topps have been quite solid for me.  Opening this box of 2018 Topps Major League Soccer kept the solid streak going.  For about $70, my box delivered a wide range of nice hits.

The base set is (200) cards strong.  Parallels include Blue #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/10, and Black #’ed 1/1.  Over the years, Topps has changed the base set design significantly.  Unlike some other soccer products who borrow the Topps baseball flagship design, MLS does it’s own thing.  The design for 2018 encapsulates a majority of the team logos in a diamond shape.  My eyes are immediately drawn to this feature as I think it resembles a window housing a relic.

It wouldn’t be a flagship set if Topps didn’t include some SP Photo Variations.  There is a handful of them, about (14) to be exact.  After doing some research and comparing, I discovered that Topps did in fact use different CMP codes for the variations.  Base cards end in #15 where the variations end in #25.  You’ll find a SP Photo Variation 1:51 packs.  So check those card backs!

Every hobby box should have (2) autographs and (1) jumbo relic.  The regular jumbo relics can have some interesting patches, especially when it comes to the low-numbered parallels.  The patch I pulled looks to be from the letter “O” from “BMO”.  “BMO” stands for Bank of Montreal.  Crests of Honor relics are numbered to (5) and contain some really insane team logo patches too.

Three different inserts can be found – Multi-Dimensional, All-Star, and Throwback Topps.  The Throwback Topps inserts pay tribute to 1988 Topps Baseball.  So do the All-Star cards.

Overall it was a fun break.  Its nice to see an alternative flagship design.  I like that the SP Photo Variations are a little more difficult to pull.  It would take about 2.5 boxes to pull one unless you get really lucky.  Solid break across the board in my opinion.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Tony Tchani
  • Jeff Larentowicz

Relic

  • Jozy Altidore Jumbo Patch Orange #’ed/25

SP Photo Variation

  • Clint Dempsey #74

Parallels

  • Federico Higuain Orange #’ed/25
  • Seattle Sounders FC Blue #’ed/99
  • Keegan Rosenberry Blue #’ed/99
  • Anibal Godoy Blue #’ed/99

Inserts

  • David Villa Multi-Dimensional
  • Kellyn Acosta Multi-Dimensional
  • Graham Zusi Multi-Dimensional
  • Giovani Dos Santos Multi-Dimensional
  • Johan Kappelhof All-Star
  • Hernan Grana All-Star
  • Graham Zusi All-Star
  • Diego Valeri All-Star
  • Miguel Almiron All-Star
  • Nemanja Nikolic All-Star
  • Kei Kamara Throwback Topps
  • Christian Ramirez Throwback Topps
  • Ethan Finlay Throwback Topps
  • Jordan Morris Throwback Topps

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:

Autos

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

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Relic

  • 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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Parallels

  • 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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Inserts

  • 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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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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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:

Auto

  • Dominic Oduro Auto #’ed/350

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Relic

  • 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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Parallels

  • 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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Inserts

  • 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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