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The box: 2017 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase soccer cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 60 of 200 (30 percent)
Insert cards: 10 (gallery below)
Gold parallel (2) – Antunes, Kevin Trapp (/99)
Red parallel (1) – Oğuzhan Özyakup (/25)
Steadied Success (2) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski
Road to Victory (1) – Sergio Ramos
Champions Pedigree (4) – Thomas Müller, Jetro Willems, Armin Hodžić, Neymar Jr.
Autographs (2) – Bernd Leno, Jelle Vossen
What’s Buzz-worthy: This box over-delivered on the parallels and included one auto (Leno) that’s sold for about half of the box price so it’s not bad. These cards are priced a bit lower on the product spectrum but carry a relatively high-end feel. Each six-pack mini box includes one auto so it’s even more accessible than other brands because of this. The base set is a meaty 200 cards — a relative challenge considering you only get about 60 cards in a full box — and it’s one that’s clean and crisp. Photos are framed by a foil frame so you’ll know when a card is off-center but otherwise it’s a pretty solid release aesthetically. Buzz isn’t a big soccer fan but recognized several of the names among the inserts here but not as much in the base set. Despite that, this still felt like a decent box with really only the lack of variety and a want for more inserts being the only reasons this wasn’t an A when it comes to the fun factor. There have been a number of auto cards pulled from these boxes that have sold for $100 or more so that’s another sign that there’s some fun to be had here if you’re a fan of the global game.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B
Fun Grade: B
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