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2023 Topps MLS Gets Messi


2023 Topps MLS has a lot of new things in store. That said, the biggest addition is the inclusion of, arguably, the biggest star soccer has ever seen — Lionel Messi.

Hobby boxes promise three total autographs or memorabilia cards plus a handful of additional inserts.

2023 Topps MLS Checklist Overview

The base set features 201 cards covering stars from across the league. Included on the checklist is another 25-card Pitch Prodigies installment, highlighting the top MLS rookies.

Parallels include:

  • Soccer Tile – 1:4 packs
  • Blue Foil – /99
  • Green Foil – /75
  • Gold Foil – /50 (hobby only)
  • Orange Foil – /25 (hobby only)
  • Red Foil – /10
  • Black Foil – 1/1

Some cards also have Image Variation SSPs. These have their own one-of-one Black Foil parallels.

Autographs, Memorabilia Cards and Other Inserts

Base Autographs are where the vast majority of the product’s signatures come from. Blue Foil (/99), Gold Foil (/50), Orange Foil (/25), Red Foil (/10) and Black Foil (1/1) make up the parallel mix.

2023 Topps MLS Base Autographs Alan Velasco

MLS Relics include memorabilia and have additional Blue Foil (/199), Green Foil (/99), Gold Foil (/50), Orange Foil (/25) and Black Foil (1/1) versions. Some also have scarce autograph versions.

Other tough memorabilia offerings include Nameplate Patches (/4 or less) and Team Crest Patches (1/1).

2023 Topps MLS Nameplate Patch Chicharito

Five standard insert sets are on the checklist, a couple of which are tough pulls.

Topps 1983 Futbol is the product’s nostalgia kick. Landing every fourth pack, these take the 1983 Topps Football design and gives it a soccer spin.

New Kitcore cards highlight MLS uniforms while The Top Shelf Terrors spotlight stellar strikers. Both of these are 1:6 packs.

Big City Strikers (1:144 packs) takes the goal scoring concept and mashes it together with a cityscape of where the star plays.

Pearlers are case hits, falling 1:288 packs. They’re done on Topps Chrome stock and, again, showcase scoring leaders.

2023 Topps MLS Pearlers Sabastian Driussi

All five of these insert sets have a similar mix of parallels: hobby-exclusive Oranger (/25), Red (/10) and Black (1/1).

2023 Topps MLS soccer cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12
Set size: 201 cards
Release date (subject to change): November 29, 2023

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs or Memorabilia Cards – 3 Total
  • Kitcore – 4
  • The Top Shelf Terrors – 4
  • Topps 1983 Futbol – 6
  • Soccer Tile Parallels – 6

The full 2023 Topps MLS checklist will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the set comes out.

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