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After 2013 Success, Topps MLS Returns

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If you are like me, soccer was a sport you played when you were very young but then ignored as a fan the older you got. I’m fairly typical in that except as I was growing up in the New York metropolitan area we did have the Cosmos which featured such all-time greats as Pele, Carlos Alberto, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia. Those players, along with others kept the Cosmos up in popularity especially after the team moved to Giants Stadium.

2014 MLS boxWell, those days did come to an end and soccer has been slowly gaining strength in America and since 2014 is a World Cup year we do expect the popularity of soccer to crescendo during the year.  The Cup should be a boost for 2014 Topps MLS relicMLS too as more attention id focused on the sport.  It’s also interesting to me that several of my co-workers are much more into soccer than any of the other “major” sports and that is, I believe, no longer unique among fans.  Into this world comes the 2014 Topps MLS hobby release which follows up on the surprising success story of the 2013 product.  Not many collectors were truly paying attention but 2013 Topps MLS was a surprise collecting hit as the price went up upon release and never settled back down.

This year, each box promised three autographs and three relics in each box. The borderless cards feature the player’s photo in the middle with the player’s name, team and team logo on the bottom. The backs, for the most part, have enhanced stats as Topps is experimenting with a new stat design.  My local card store (Triple Cards in Plano TX) mentioned he did not get involved as he thought the product was too pricey but leading on-line retailers are currently between $95-100 for these boxes which contain 24 packs and 10 cards per pack. That means the cards have an average cost of 40 cents each.

How did we do from our box?

2014 MLS relic ToppsBase Cards: We did receive 190 cards and I did notice some duplicates. However, since there are a few SP’s, one should be able to either finish a base set from a box or trade a few singles to finish their set

Short Prints: Kyle Beckerman, Mike McGee, Graham Zusi (2 of this card)

Blue Parallels (#d to 50): Scott Caldwell, Michael Harrington, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Dan Kennedy. Ashtone Morgan, Andrew Wenger

Gold Parallel (#s to 25): Gershon Koffie, Chance Myers

Black Parallel  (#d to 10): Jack McBean, Oriiol Rosell

2014 Topps MLS auto relicMini: Tim Cahill, Aurelian Collin

1976-77 English Premier League: Matt Besler, Clint Dempsey, Federixco Higuain, Mike Magee

Generation Adidas: Jack McInerney

2014 Topps MLS relicMexican National Team: Jose de Jesus Corona, Andres Guardado, Javier Hernandez, Hector Moreno, Oribe Peralta (2 of these), Francisco Rodriguez, Carlos Saldio, Giovan dos Santos, Jesus Zavila

Supporters Group: Seattle Sounders

World’s Stage: Kyle Beckerman, Jeremy Bengston, Chris Wondolowski, Graham Zusi

Relics: Matias Lara, Chris Wondolowski, DeAndre Yedlin

2014 Topps MLS 24 under 24 autograph24 Under 24: Autographs Jack McInerney

2014 Topps MLS AutoMaestros Autographs Black (#d to 10)): Camilo Sanvezzo

Relic Autographs: Victor Bernandez

All autographs we pulled were on stickers .

With more than a handful of cards numbered to 50 or fewer and the six hits, there is little doubt MLS Soccer, like the other “non-major’ sports is able to provide more punch for the dollar than other sports card products.  It does appear the second year of MLS Soccer is in good position to beat the skeptics again.

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About Rich Klein

Rich Klein has spent almost his entire life collecting baseball cards having begun at the tender age of seven. He has spent more than three decades in the organized hobby including editing the first 12 editions of the Beckett Almanac of Baseball Card and Collectibles. He lives in Plano, TX along with his wife Dena and their two dogs. You can reach him at [email protected].

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