2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League Soccer Looks to Bring Back Some Magic

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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.

2020-21 Topps Merlin UEFA Champions League Atomic Refractor Bukayo Saka

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:

  • Refractors
  • 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 Wizards of the Pitch 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.

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