These past few years I've become completely obsessed with Premier League football. Every Saturday and Sunday morning (and sometimes into the afternoon), my poor wife has to put up with soccer on the TV. This season has been particularly enjoyable given that my favorite team is atop the table with just a few weeks to go (and got a tremendous amount of help from last-place Sunderland again today!).
I would love to build a half-way decent Premier League soccer card collection, but there just hasn't been much out there. I'm collecting the 1960 A & BC Gum set, which features many of the clubs currently playing in the league, but those are extremely difficult to come by and I can go months or longer without seeing one I need. The majority of recent releases have been sticker sets with corresponding albums, and I'm just not a big sticker guy. So, you can imagine my excitement when I heard about this:
Luckily I was able to win a decent size chunk of base cards for just $1.04 plus a couple bucks shipping on eBay. Included in the lot was the man who scored the biggest goal of the season for Liverpool last week:
Back to the cards...I really like these, and if Topps had made this about the base set they would have had a winner in my book. The card stock is nice and thick, the design along the bottom really fits with the Barclay's branding, and you get a great team crest along the top.
I would love to say that I'm collecting this set, but I don't think I'm going to find another bargain on base cards like I did with my first lot anytime soon. I would be interested in trading for any singles though. Anyone out there buy any of this stuff?
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