By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS isn’t the brand’s first set on the soccer pitch but it is for the expanding North American league. With it comes the photography focal point. And while there are other inserts, including two autographs per hobby box, the images are the attraction.
The 2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS design draws from the one used for its baseball counterpart. That said, there’s not much to it. And it’s by design.
Base cards take a full-bleed approach. This allows the images to be on full display and limits the need for extensive cropping to make a photo fit a frame. The Stadium Club logo and the font-only nameplate are the other elements on the card fronts.
2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS has a handful of parallels. Among them are Black and White, which remove the color from the images, Gold, and hobby-exclusive Members Only.
Select base cards have variation short prints that switch out the photo for a new one.
Most of the signed cards in 2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS are Base Autographs. These are virtually the same as the regular card with the signature added to the front. Autographs are done using stickers. Multiple serial-numbered parallels are also randomly inserted.
Lone Star Signatures are only found in hobby packs. Only big-name players are included on the checklist. These are inserted two per hobby case, which works out to 1:8 boxes.
Co-Signers are the product’s dual autograph cards.
2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS Soccer maintains its relative simplicity with its inserts. Just two chase sets are included outside of the autographs.
Profiles features league greats while Scoreless Streak relies on action photography highlighting goalies. The attention to strong images are also the focus of these inserts.
2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS at a glance:
Packs per box: 16
Cards per pack: 8
Boxes per case: 16
Set size: TBA
Release date: August 23, 2017
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs – 2
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