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 [email protected]

NEYMAR JR. 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER BRAZIL AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
23 bids - Price: $227.50 - Watchers: 30
Item #322089701489
FERNANDO TORRES 2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP PRIZMS AUTO /25
21 bids - Price: $204.50 - Watchers: 25
Item #311604066379
LUIS SUAREZ 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO PSA 10 GEM MINT $500+
15 bids - Price: $89.00 - Watchers: 21
Item #391444838305
2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER,AUTO,ARJEN ROBBEN,NO S-AR,NEDERLAND.
21 bids - Price: $46.00 - Watchers: 20
Item #371614281638
Gianluigi Buffon BGS 9/10 AUTO 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures ITALY SP
14 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 18
Item #182115619851
ANDREA PIRLO 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER ITALY AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
21 bids - Price: $124.50 - Watchers: 17
Item #322089705368
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Signatures #SRG Ruud Gullit AUTO Netherlands RARE
10 bids - Price: $81.00 - Watchers: 16
Item #182119067459
MESUT OZIL 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER GERMANY AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
18 bids - Price: $33.00 - Watchers: 14
Item #222100908279
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Net Finders Purple Cristiano Ronaldo 04/99
5 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 11
Item #152074175033
LIONEL MESSI 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BASE #12 RED REFRACTOR /149 ! BGS 9.5
8 bids - Price: $8.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #222100894039
EDEN HAZARD 2014 PANINI PRIZM FIFA WORLD CUP BELGIUM AUTO AUTOGRAPH
10 bids - Price: $25.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #361547214300
LIONEL MESSI 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP BASE #12 BLUE REFRACTOR /199 ! BGS 9.5
7 bids - Price: $8.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #322089699510
OSCAR 2014 PANINI PRIZM WORLD CUP SOCCER BRAZIL AUTOGRAPH BGS 9.5 10 AUTO
15 bids - Price: $33.00 - Watchers: 9
Item #222100902633
Jackson Martinez 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Green Crystal Prizm 20/25
4 bids - Price: $2.25 - Watchers: 9
Item #182114678159
2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Soccer Cup Captains Red Steven Gerrard 057/149
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 9
Item #162055543227

 

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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. […]