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What’s Hot in the Shop: 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup (Really)

If you would have asked me if I would have ever sat down and put together a piece on soccer cards, I might have gone John McEnroe “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!” on you.  The 2014 World Cup matches are not scheduled to begin until June 12 with the finals booked for July 13.  On May 7, Panini Prizm landed in hobby shops with a response usually reserved for high-end NFL releases in 2012 or NBA cards back in 03/04.

Prizm Soccer BoxSure, four years ago my store moved through about 50 boxes of the Panini stickers, but I knew as much about the soccer players as I did about hockey players when I grew up in Miami in the 80’s.  Sure, I knew who Gretzky, LeMieux and Bourque were, but I probably would have still butchered Patrick Roy’s last name.

Oribe Peralta 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Black Refractor  1/1When I received our order forms a few months ago for the 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup soccer cards, I figured I would take a chance and snag a case.  So far I’m glad that I did with many of the same people coming in for this year’s stickers switching over and checking out the card side of things.

Panini packed 11 different base set parallels in to Prizm, highlighted by Gold Prizms /10, Gold Power Prizms /5 and the 2014 World Cup soccer cards Clint Dempseyonce every lightning strike Black Prizms /1.  Fortunately they threw this many in since the autographed cards appear to be hitting 1 every 2 boxes.

Man I wish parallel cards from other sports cleared this much.

Seriously, can you name another sport where putting a signed card in every other box would still work?  Try seeing how long the lines for MLB products would be if Topps only threw one “hit” into every second box? Do you think puckheads would go ga-ga for 13/14 Upper Deck 1 if they knew their 12 box case would only yield 6 “hits”?

Granted Panini has a little bit more going for it with only itself to compete against and since their sticker release does Andrea Purlo Black Prizm 1/1not offer autographs, it’s that much easier.  Since a great many of these players are enjoying their first certified autographed cards ever, it’s like Panini is riding the perfect hobby storm.

Looking at recently completed auctions, many of the hard to find autographed cards are selling in the Jordan, Gretzky, LeBron and Tiger range.  I don’t know the exact ending price on this this Andrea Pirlo 1/1 autograph, but it looks like it went comfortably into the 4 digit range.

I know much more about Craig Biggio than I do Roberto Baggio, but one of his fans dropped somewhere in the neighborhood of a grand on this gem.

Pele Autograph 2014 Panini PrizmOther superstars (the must be superstars since I’ve heard of them) include retired players like Pele, Alexi Lalas and Carlos Valderrama.  Other internationally adored players include Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Lionel Mesei, Christiano Ronaldo and other players that inspire soccer fan’s hearts to go a flutter.

Looking at current auctions, this Pele autograph,numbered to 25, is getting a lot of action.  For that price, you can snag a Harper, Trout, Yu, Puig and Tulowitzki autograph (yeah, you knew I would have to drop some Colorado love in here eventually).

Granted I expect sales to start backing off the moment that teams get eliminated from the World Cup, but the next month of sales should be enough to make hobby shop owners wish this was a once every two year happening instead of every four.

Perhaps the nice folks at Panini will surprise shops with a last minute order form for Panini Black, Panini Dominon or even International Treasures Soccer and really flex their soccer muscles.

Curious?  Check out the ‘most watched’ Panini Prizm World Cup cards below.

Mike Fruitman owns Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, Colo.  You can read his column here every week (or close to it), focusing on what products are selling best in hobby shops. See his eBay listings here. Enjoy new arrivals and big hits from Mike’s on Twitter.  Mike’s is always looking for more friends on Facebook  and you can email him at  [email protected]

2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER BLUE REFRACTORS /199 LOT (143) RONALDO PELE
35 bids - Price: $335.00 - Watchers: 26
Item # 271971416017
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Stars CHIELLINI RAMOS Matchups GREEN /25 KJ FIFA
7 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 15
Item # 321848974689
PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 JULIO CESAR 5/5 GUARDIANS GOLD POWER PRIZM
20 bids - Price: $73.02 - Watchers: 14
Item # 321847970890
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Lionel Messi Auto/ Autograph Card
1 bids - Price: $424.99 - Watchers: 14
Item # 281787123158
2014 World Cup Panini Prizm Hugo Sanchez #S-HS Base Auto
6 bids - Price: $12.06 - Watchers: 13
Item # 141755555140
2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER ALL MASTER INSERT COMPLETE SET (210) LOT
6 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 13
Item # 271971420534
ROBERTO BAGGIO 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP AUTOGRAPH ITALY AUTO SP $350+
24 bids - Price: $115.02 - Watchers: 13
Item # 391243148780
David Silva 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 07/10 Refractor
10 bids - Price: $84.00 - Watchers: 12
Item # 191677730496
Karim Benzema 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 08/10 Refractor
8 bids - Price: $15.00 - Watchers: 11
Item # 201418866371
Diego Forlan SP 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures AUTO Uruguay Autograph
6 bids - Price: $4.25 - Watchers: 10
Item # 361375356877
Dirk Kuyt 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 03/10 Refractor
7 bids - Price: $68.00 - Watchers: 10
Item # 191677719037
Rui Patricio 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Gold Parallel 02/10 Refractor
14 bids - Price: $54.00 - Watchers: 8
Item # 201417545906
2014 World Cup Panini Prizm Oscar S-OSC Autograph
3 bids - Price: $2.47 - Watchers: 7
Item # 141755551546
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Matchups Prizm Red #19 C.Ronaldo / L.Messi #/149
4 bids - Price: $12.00 - Watchers: 7
Item # 111755036653
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Purple Refractor Lot /99 x 5 (Ribery, Carrick ++)
1 bids - Price: $19.99 - Watchers: 7
Item # 281787135988
DAVID OSPINA 2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP # 47 GOLD PRIZMS 1/10 BGS 9.5
6 bids - Price: $6.05 - Watchers: 7
Item # 201416021979

 

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  1. […] Prizm World Cup has yielded eight cards that have sold for $2,300 or more since its release including a dual-signed Christiano Ronaldo/Pele card that brought $5,000 but the Messi signed card, numbered on the back, is the biggest prize. […]