I do normally stick to baseball cards but frequent readers will know that I am also a soccer fan. My team is Real Madrid, and while this may seem like I'm just picking a winner because they're a winner, I do have a local connection as my sister lives in Madrid and I have had the opportunity to see them play. As such, I was pretty happy with the result of this year's UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid winning their 11th European title. At the show my favorite dealer had these boxes at a good price. This year was the first time he dabbled in soccer cards and said he didn't do very well. So he was looking to unload his inventory. I picked up a box hoping to score a nice auto of a big name. It ended up turning out pretty well!!
Each master box contains two mini boxes, each mini box contains six packs, each pack has six cards. It promises two autos per master box.
James Rodriguez - Real Madrid
The base set design has it's pros and cons. I like the way they blurred the background to make the player really pop. And I like the cardstock they used which has a matte-like finish. However, by putting the player's name and team in silver foil it tends to blend in with the picture and can be hard to see, as is shown in this James Rodriguez card. Sometimes scans of cards can alter how the card looks but this isn't the case this time. It is just as difficult to read when you're holding the card in your hand.
Jeffrey Bruma - PSV Eindhoven
Green Parallel #93/99
Thomas Muller - Bayern Munich
Best of the Best insert
Again the silver foiling creates a readability issue.
Luis "Biter" Suarez - FC Barcelona (ICK)
Champions Pedigree insert
Yeah I don't like FCB nor Luis Suarez who has a history of biting other players and other dirty tactics.
Darijo Srna- Shakhtar Donetsk
Decorated and Dignified insert
Shakhtar is another of my favorite teams.
Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus
Gigi Buffon is one of the greatest keepers of all time. He starred for the 2006 World Cup winning Italian team and still plays at a high level as his career is winding down.
Selcuk Inan - Galatasaray
I don't know muck about this guy other than he plays midfield for Gala and the Turkish national team.
Oliver Kahn - Bayern Munich
KABOOM!!! Kahn is arguably the greatest keeper of all time. Definitely a sweet auto to pull!! This would qualify as a "legends" auto I think as Kahn is retired.
So this was a fun product to open. Not something I would open more than one box of, but at $60 for the box which is cheaper than Blowout, it was worth it to hunt a big auto. And I got one!!