Topps UCL Living Set takes a similar approach as its baseball counterpart. At its essence, that means this is an ongoing set with no planned end. It should span years. But there are also some other defining factors as well.
The set is available exclusively from Topps’ family of websites. The US, UK and German sites all carry the line. Each Thursday, a new batch of three Topps UCL Living Set cards goes on sale. They’re available for one just week. Like other on-demand sets, once that time runs out, sales are closed. Print runs equal what’s initially bought. That means different cards will have different print runs. Sometimes, those numbers can swing by a large amount.
Another feature of the Topps UEFA Champions League Living Set is that players only get one card for the duration of the line. The exception comes when a player changes teams. They then become eligible to have a new card with their new squad.
The design is based on 1978-79 Topps Soccer. Like baseball, images are done with original art courtesy of portraits by Musa Drammeh. Here’s a look at him creating the first card in the set, Lionel Messi.
An alternative to ordering direct from Topps is eBay. Some sellers will list cards during the sales window for less than buying a single card from the card maker’s site. These sellers buy in bulk and pass along the discount.
Topps UCL Champions League Living Set Checklist
This set will continue to expand in the weeks and months ahead. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s available on eBay.
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