Although the interest was likely weakened by a delay of nearly six months, 2015 Donruss Soccer brings a powerhouse mix of global talent into one product. Similar to 2014 Prizm World Cup, the overall depth of the product combined with some bigger autograph subjects has resulted in considerable interest for the new release.
Like Prizm WC, Donruss Soccer also relies heavily on parallels and signed cards. However, a big difference is that the Donruss boxes include one guaranteed autograph. While they are stickers, that has been the case for Panini and Topps soccer products in recent years and should not be a surprise for most collectors.
Dubbed "The Beautiful Game," the primary signature set is actually available in multiple forms totaling nearly 60 different cards. Single-player, combo, triple and quad autographs feature superstar names like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Miroslav Klose and Xabi Alonso, among others. Another appealing aspect for collectors, each of the multi-player cards have a club or country theme, and highlight squads like Mexico, Germany, FC Barcelona or FC Bayern Munich.
Part of a much smaller checklist, the Future Star Signatures insert set does not have the same wow factor, but boasts notable players like Jordan Henderson and Memphis Depay.
While they are a primary focus, the release is not just limited to the autographs. There is strong interest for the many foil parallels, especially the low numbered versions. Part of a newer concept, at least among soccer cards, collectors can also find image variations for some of the top names in the base set. Showcasing a clear difference, the base set covers the club team and the variations tackle the national team for each player included.
The 2015 Donruss Soccer hot list below highlights the 30 most-watch auctions currently on eBay. It is constantly updating with the newest information, so it can be an ideal way to check the trends, follow a specific player or team, or simply check out the most popular cards.
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