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The box: 2016 Topps Premier Gold soccer cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 115
Base set completion: 97 of 100 (97 percent)
Rookie (logo) Cards (12) – Nathaniel Chalobah, Anthony Martial, Joshua King, Dele Alli, Granit Xhaka, Patrick VanAanholt, Xherdan Shaqiri, Roberto Firmino, Marcus Rashford, Kevin De Bruyne, Memphis, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Insert cards: 11 (gallery below)
Silver parallel (1) – Hector Bellerin (/99)
Brilliance of the Pitch (1) – Jamie Vardy
Brilliance of the Pitch Silver (1) – Kevin De Bruyne (/99)
Premier Portraits (2) – Wayne Rooney, Odion Ighalo
New Signings (3) – David Luiz, N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi
Ambiance (3) – London Stadium, Turf Moor, Etihad Stadium
Autographs (1) – N’Golo Kante
Silver Autographs (1) – Dan Gosling (/99)
Football Fibers Relic (1) – Julian Speroni
What’s Buzz-worthy: This brand is charmingly simple with a base set, parallels, a handful of inserts (also paralleled) and hits. The foilboard design is crisp and fresh, allowing for clarity in subjects and collecting, while the inserts offer a different take on specifics of the global game. A nice touch is the Rookie Card logo when appropriate, which helps add to the classy but informative feel of the base cards. This design and printing approach is one that this collector wouldn’t mind seeing done in other sports. At times this box felt dry, but when you’re done you have a pretty cohesive look at the sport. Meanwhile, this box came very close to building an entire set with enough duplicates that it could have happened without them. All in all, it has the feel of one of the better Topps soccer sets made — but without a higher-end price.
Product Grade: A-
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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