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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Box Break - 2016 Stadium Club Premier League
A few clicks of the mouse and I had a hobby box on the way, for less than $60 with free shipping. If you read my blog much you know that opening a hobby box is a rarity for me. In fact, looking back on it this was only the second (and final) hobby box that I picked up in 2016. The other one was a Donruss soccer box, not sure what it says about the 2016 baseball and hockey releases that my only two hobby box pick-ups of the year were both soccer.
The checklist is still small enough though that casual collectors and fans aren't going to open a pack where they end up with 8 nobodies and not a single name they recognize. Best of all, with 7 base cards in the average pack you can complete an entire base set with just one hobby box as long as collation is good (I ended up with a full set from my box). I absolutely love this, though it does make the concept of ever buying a second box somewhat pointless.
That covers the parallels, how about some inserts?
Speaking of Olivier Giroud, he scored one of the most amazing goals I've seen a couple of weeks ago against Crystal Palace, check it out:
Finally, the two promised autographs...
My second autograph was probably my best card of the box however:
So there you have it, 2016 Topps Stadium Club Premier League. I for one think Topps did a great job with this product. The precious few officially licensed Premier League sets from Topps in prior years were almost all super high-end sets, and thus very expensive boxes to break, so it is refreshing to see the league represented in a high quality set with great photography at a mid to low range price point.
To walk away with an entire base set, a nice sampling of inserts, a few doubles to trade, two cards #'d to 50 or less, and two autos for less than $60 feels like good value to me. Apart from all that though, it was awesome to finally be able to acquire my first cardboard of so many of the players that I've watched week in and week out for the past few years now. Thank you Topps!
Have any of you picked up a box of this? I think there are even retail packs as well?