My thoughts exactly, but for a different reason. Topps’ main point on this Major League Soccer card set is that there are no redemptions in the inaugural set. And that certainly is great news. With soccer growing in popularity in this country — particularly among younger players and collectors — announcing that the product has no redemption cards is a smart move.
A hobby box of Topps Apex has two mini-boxes, with 32 cards to a box. Topps is promising one autograph per mini-box and a total of three hits per hobby box— two autographs and a memorabilia card.
The base set contains 100 cards, plus 10 short-printed cards. There are parallels, too: gold, numbered to 50; orange (25), red (5), black (1/1) and printing plates (1/1). There are two different insert sets: Captains, a 20-card subset that pays tribute to the team leaders; and Alliances, a 15-card offering that features two top players paired together on the same card.
As Topps promised, there were two autographs to be found. The first one was a base autograph parallel of Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers. It’s a sticker autograph, and the signature is penned right above the player’s name on the card.
Other hits that can be found in this set are Now and Then dual autographs, Dual Autographs and Dual Relics.
For soccer fans, Apex is definitely a splashy debut.