2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer Card Details
By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer marks the card maker’s debut with the high-profile European league. It’s also further proof that the sport’s place in the hobby is growing as it joins Topps’ existing portfolio of Premier League and MLS sets and Panini’s soccer products, not to mention sets from other companies like Futera.
Packaged in a mini box format, each 2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer master box promises a pair of autographs. Master boxes consist of two six-pack mini boxes.
The main set has 200 cards, putting it on the larger side for the sport. Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic are among the international players included in the product.
Base cards come with several serial-numbered parallels: Green, Gold, Red (/25), Black (/5), Printing Plates and Champions (1/1).
Champions Pedigree consists only of players who have club titles. These cards have randomly inserted autographed parallels.
Decorated and Dignified highlights some of the captains from the 2015-16 UEFA tournament. Parallel versions come in Red (/25), Black (/5), Printing Plates and Champions (1/1). Some cards have signed versions as well.
Road to Victory is dedicated to FC Barcelona and their 2014-15 UEFA championship. The insert set includes cards for players and highlights.
On the tougher side is Best of the Best. These inserts combine to land two per hobby case and only big-name players are featured. Besides regular cards, there are Red (/25), Black (/5) and Champions (1/1) versions.
2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer autographs come in a few different forms. Base autographs have the same basic design elements as the main set. They also have the same parallel structure with numbered Green, Gold, Red (/25), Black (/5), Printing Plate and Champions (1/1) parallels.
Prized Collection Autographs include top players while Champions Pairings Autographs have a pair of signatures. Both of these have Black (/5) and Champions (1/1) parallels.
According to Topps, the following players are confirmed to have autographs in the product: Wayne Rooney, Mesut Ozil, Diego Costa, Thomas Muller, Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Xabi Alonso, Hazard, Fernando Torres, Andres Iniesta, Mario Gotze, Michael Carrick, and Luuk de Jong.
2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer at a glance:
Packs per box: 12
Boxes per case: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Set size: 200 cards
Release date: February 17, 2016
What to expect in a hobby box:
- Autographs – 2