2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League Soccer Looks to Bring Back Some Magic
2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League Soccer waves the magical wand of nostalgia for a modern chromium release. Bringing back a brand that’s likely familiar to longtime European collectors, the product also resurrects a 25-year-old design only with a Chrome twist.
Hobby boxes promise one autograph plus lots of inserts and Refractors.
2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League Checklist Details
The base set is a modest 100 cards covering both the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues. The design might be one from the past, but it’s not a card set. Rather, it finds its roots in the 1996 Merlin Premier League stickers.
Here, it’s chromium so that means Refractors — lots of them. As far as what’s available in hobby packs, the rainbow breaks down to include:
- Purple Refractors – /299
- Atomic Refractors – /250
- Aqua Refractors – /199
- Speckle Refractors – /150
- Green Refractors – /99
- Green Mojo Refractors – /99
- Blue Refractors – /75
- Blue Shimmer Refractors – /75
- Gold Refractors – /50
- Gold Atomic Refractors – /50
- Orange Refractors – /25
- Black Refractors – /15
- Red Refractors – /10
- Red Wave Refractors – /5
- Superfractors – 1/1
Of these, Speckle, Green, Green Mojo, Gold Atomic and Red Refractors are all exclusive to hobby packs.
There are also Aqua Prism Refractors that come in a special three-card bonus pack in retail blaster boxes.
Select rookies also have variation short prints with different images. These have their own Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1).
Autographs and Other Inserts
Chrome Autographs make up the majority of the signature content in 2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League. Not only does that mean ink, but more Refractors. Autographs come with additional Speckle Refractors (/150), Mojo Refractors (/99), Blue Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1).
The checklist also has three additional insert sets.
U23 Stars, which land 1:6 hobby packs, hone in on young players with promising futures. Wizards of the Pitch (1:9) is veteran-focused. Finally, there’s Ageless Alchemy (1:18), which has a mix of stars from today as well as some from the past.
All three have four levels of parallels: Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1). Some cards also have autographs.
2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League Soccer cards at a glance:
Cards per pack: Hobby – 4, Blasters – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 18, Blasters – 7
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Blasters – 40
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: June 9, 2021
What to expect in a hobby box:
- Autographs – 1
- Ageless Alchemy – 1
- U23 Stars – 4
- Wizards of the Pitch – 2
- Refractors – 6
The full 2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League checklist and team set lists will be posted as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set comes out.