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The box: 2016 Topps Apex soccer cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 2
Cards per pack: 32
Cards in this box: 59
Base set completion: 47 of 100 (47 percent)
Notables on base cards – Robbie Rogers, Frank Lampard, Clint Dempsey, Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard
Rookie Cards (3) – Cole Seiler, Keegan Rosenberry, Jordan Morris
Insert cards: 9 (gallery below)
Blue parallel (1) – David Bingham (/99)
Golazo (2) – Joao Plata, Maximiliano Urrutia
Global Influence (6) – Sebastien LeToux, Pedro Morales, Kaka, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Ashley Cole, Darren Mattocks
Autographs (2) – Ignacio Piatti, Diego Valeri
Jumbo Crest Relics (1) – Kellyn Acosta (/89)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Apex’s packaging might make you think it’s a high-priced high-end brand but it’s really just a mid-range brand that feels like something more that allows you to get a bit more for less. If you get lucky it can really feel high-end. Two mini boxes should cost you less than $50 and each will include one auto, maybe more. … It’s a colorful look at MLS and the Golazo inserts show this energy well, while the autograph lineup includes parallels of base cards and more such as duals. … There are all kinds of parallels found here on both hits and base cards but only one was found in this box. Buzz isn’t big on soccer, but this was a pretty fun break just because it was a fast and varied break with a bunch of basic cards, too. The mini-box format is one that really helps collectors get guaranteed hits for a lower price — this is something that should be tried en masse in all sports.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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