This year’s design shows a background that gets its inspiration from free-form painters. There is some splash, but it looks more like paint on a rough canvas.
Artistry aside, the 2016 Apex is a colorful set that is easy to build, and with a reasonable price tag (in the $40 range, depending on the retailer), it also offers some nice hits.
A hobby box of Topps Apex consists of 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 packs in each mini-box are 32-card bricks.
There are also parallels to the base set, in blue (numbered to 99), green (50), hobby exclusive red (5) and 1/1 purple and printing plates.
The two autograph cards I pulled had signatures on sticker cards, and true to Topps’ promise, there was one in each mini-box. These cards look very similar in design to the base set.
The first one I pulled was of San Jose Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson, while the second one was an autograph of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura. Some collectors will pull parallel autographs in blue, numbered to 99; green (50), hobby exclusive red (5) and purple (1/1).
The memorabilia card I pulled was a Crest Jumbo relic card of New York City FC midfielder Mix Diskerud. The card is dominated by a shield, with the MLS logo in the top half and a nice blue watch in the bottom half. The Crest Jumbo relic is a hobby exclusive and is printed on thick stock. Plus, some collectors will find some parallels such as Red Patch and Red Collar (both numbered to 5) and 1/1 cards of Purple Shields, Purple Team, Purple Adidas and printing plates.
I pulled six Global Influence cards, plus one green parallel numbered to 50. I also found two Golazo cards; the expressions of the players are fun to look at, showing the sheer joy when a player scores.
The 2016 Topps Apex soccer is a nice follow-up to the debut set. It’s affordable, there is some star power, and the hot cards are attractive. It’s a good combination. Topps has really excelled in its soccer products, and this year’s effort is no exception.