Thursday, April 11, 2019

REVIEW:2019 Topps MLS

Kicking off another year of Topps Soccer is it’s flagship, yeah I used a corny pun deal with it. This year’s product is led by stars Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and also made some changes I actually noticed immediately.

I will touch base on those changes in a second as we take a further look into the product. One that I may use a “Red Card” on.

In every box of 2019 Topps MLS is 24 packs of 8 cards per pack. There will be three hits, well should be (read more on this later on), which will be two jumbo relics and one dual relic. That’s right, no guaranteed autographs. That’s painful and was a huge adjustment to make. Boxes currently run $90.

The base card set contains many of the top stars from MLS in its 200 card base set. The design is a simple borderless one and looks decent. There are a couple of subsets to chase within the base card set such as, 

22 under 22

 Card back with stats and write up

And my favorite, Team Photos.

As with any Topps flagship product, there are parallels to find and these are pretty easily found in packs just by looking at the color background.

I pulled blue /99 that fall 1:8 packs

And I pulled Gold /50 that fall 1:15 packs.

Seems like a lot of parallels to me for those odds and only 24 packs. Wonder if it’s making up for something….

Other parallels to find as well include Orange/25, Red /10 and Black 1/1.

I didn’t pull any, but there are base card image variations to find as well. They fall 1:47 packs and have 1/1 black parallels. You can find 15 cards to chase.

There are a variety of inserts to find in the product as well. These have parallels of Orange /25, Red /10 and Black 1/1.
Young Phenoms that has 20 cards to chase and falls 1:6 packs.

Throwback Topps insert falls 1:6 packs and has 20 cards to collect

All-Stars that have 23 cards fall 1:4 packs

And All-Stars Orange /25 that falls 1:246 packs.

Now onto the hits. Well, hit. That’s right I am throwing a Red Card right here for a serious foul and for using violent actions towards me.

Here was my one hit, a dual relic.

Other hits to find that I didn’t include,
  • · Jumbo Relics

  • · Dual Relics

  • · Crests Of Honor

  • · Nameplate Patches
And as I spoke about earlier, this product has no autographs.

Overall Thoughts: Well, ugh. Sigh. It’s really hard to judge here what value may have been for this product or at least this box if I had landed the other two hits. Right now I would put a Yellow Card on it because it’s hard to tell what may have been.

I think taking out the autograph content and keeping prices where they are is a bad move. A lot of collectors aren’t into relic cards anymore and strictly would chase for autographs especially soccer fans in a product that has all of the big names. I have seen some complaints about this across social media already.

I have also not seen many great things being said about this years line across Twitter. It's too bad to as this was a soccer fans go-to product for affordability and hits. I feel the same way as many as it was way dulled down this year.

If soccer is your thing, mention it to my favorite breaker I use Midwest Box Breaks and who knows, maybe they will break some.

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the giveaway on Twitter I am hosting. Please follow me there to enter @SportCardCollec. Also follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well. 


  1. Yikes for what they are charging for boxes and no autos and only one hit of the 3 that's a def Red Card and an F in grade for at least this box. Wonder if you contact CS if they would make good on the other 2 have heard of people asking not sure if they comply. That is the lottery of boxes and someone else is happy they probably got 5 hits lol

    1. I know. It doesn't make sense to me why the high price and no autographs

  2. Kinda tired of seeing throwbacks used in baseball products year in and year out... but the 84T design for MLS is cool. I wonder if any SJ Earthquakes are represented in that set.

    1. I hear you on the throwback inserts. They drive me nuts

  3. I guess you can't complain to customer service if you got the box for free, but that is brutal. As it is $90 for a product with no autos is crazy. Even if you pull a 1/1 or something, how much could that go for? It's not like there are a ton of household names in MLS.

    The 1984s are neat but using the city name is strange--obviously a by product of having team names such as "FC Cincinnati". But couldn't they put "Union" for Philly? I think that would look better.

    1. This all makes sense to me. And yes brutal is the best way to describe the break.

  4. I like the base card design. Some of the inserts. Could have done without old baseball designs though. I'm not a soccer guy but still it looks like a solid set.

    1. If we take out the value here and not dwell on price and value in return, it's a pretty solid product honestly.

  5. Yikes. No good on the missing hits. Hopefully Topps is aware of the production issues. I do like the 84T desognas well. Great review!

    1. Thanks and hopefully after they see my review they will notice some hits didn't make it in.