By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
World Cup soccer will be here soon enough. So Panini America is getting ready for the tournament with a new card release – 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm.
The set will feature 24 packs with six cards in each pack. The base set will contain 200 cards with players from all 32 qualifying teams. The World Cup starts June 13 and ends July 12.
The set will feature autographs from many top soccer players. The autographs, which boast a checklist of around 50 players, will have Prizm Signatures (numbered to 25 or less) and Black Prizm Signatures (1-of-1). Some autographs will also include Combo Signatures featuring more one than one player and are numbered to 10 or less.
Announced singers include Lionel Messi, Pelé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Alexi Lalas and others.
Each box will come with eight Prizm parallels with an additional five inserts.
Inserts include World Cup Matchups, World Cup Stars and Team Photo inserts. Many of the inserts will include regionally inspired Prizm parallels such as Red, White and Blue, Yellow and Red, and Blue and Red.
Basic Prizm parallels are also included such as Blue Prizms (numbered to 199 or less), Red Prizms (numbered to 149 or less), Purple Prizms (numbered to 99 or less), Green Crystal Prizms (numbered to 25 or less), Gold Prizms (numbered to 25 or less), Gold Power Prizms (numbered to five or less) and Black Prizm 1-of-1.
Fuleco, the World Cup mascot, will be featured on a short-printed card, just two per case.
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Prizm is scheduled to come out in late April.