2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Makes Finding Rookies Easier

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On the surface, not a lot has changed in 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer when you compare it to the previous year’s installment. It’s still colorful. Autographs are still one per hobby box. But as the world of soccer cards mature, there are signs of change here as well. They might not be game-changing or even that big of a deal to many, but it does bring a sense of evolution.

2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Checklist Overview

The base set has 100 cards highlighting top players and young standouts. Like everything in the product, it’s done on chromium stock that gives cards a definite shine. One of the notable changes in the product is found in the base set. For the first time in a UEFA set, a rookie logo is on the front of players making their league debuts. This brings things more in line with what’s found in Topps’ other sports products as well as Panini’s recent soccer offerings. This might not necessarily mean that these players don’t have earlier cards elsewhere, though. But it does note that it’s a UEFA rookie and a starting point that might make it easier to keep tabs on first appearances (you can also search the Beckett database to see what’s out there — just type their name in the search bar at the top of the page).

2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer Neon Green Refractors

All base cards have a rainbow of parallel versions to chase as well. Several new colors have been added this year as well. Here’s what’s available in hobby packs:

  • Refractors – 1:3 packs
  • Speckles Refractors – 1:9 packs (hobby only)
  • Yellow Mini Diamond Refractors – /299
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Purple Mini Diamond Refractors – /250
  • Aqua Refractors – /199
  • Aqua Wave Refractors – /199
  • Pink Refractors – /175
  • Pink Mini Diamond Refractors – /175
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Neon Green Refractors – /99
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /10
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Select cards also have Image Variations. These are short prints that carry the same base card design but have a different photo on the front. Variations also have their own one-of-one Superfractors.

Autographs and Inserts

Chrome Autographs look pretty much the same as the base set with the addition of a sticker for the signature and an authenticity notice.

Also like the base set, there are several Refractors:

  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Neon Green Refractors – /99
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /10
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Regular Red Refractors and Superfractors are both exclusive to hobby packs.

With so many Refractors, there isn’t a need for 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer to have a massive lineup of additional inserts to round out its checklist. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any at all. Collectors can find three additional sets.

Joga Bonito, which roughly translates from Portuguese to “the beautiful game” or “play pretty”, carries some of the boldest designs in the product. Base versions land 1:18 packs or about one per hobby box.

Top scorers are featured in Golazo (1:12 packs) while young players make up the Future Stars (1:6 packs) checklist.

2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Soccer Golazo

All three insert sets have additional Aqua Refractor (/199), Gold Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), Red Refractor (/10) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels. Some also have autographs and ensuing signature Superfractors.

2020-21 Topps Chrome Soccer Joga Bonito Superfractor Autograph

2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 12
Boxes per case: Hobby – 18
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: May, 2021

Shop for 2021 Topps Chrome UEFA boxes on eBay:

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Future Stars – 3
  • Golazo – 1
  • Joga Bonito – 1
  • Refractors – 6
  • Speckle Refractors – 2

The 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA checklist and team set lists will be posted as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set comes out.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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