Plagued by delays, 2015 Panini Select Soccer finally released at the beginning of 2016 and the early interest has been quite strong. As the most high-end soccer release from Panini, to date, Select's formula of three hits per box and multiple parallels has certainly caught the attention of collectors across the globe.
Anything today that deals with "the beautiful game" normally revolves around Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and Select is no different. The modern legends both signed for the release and each also has Jersey Autograph cards as well. Beyond these two giants, the checklist is filled with top talent from the past and present.
Although it is does not carry the same recognition or interest as the 2014 Prizm World Cup release, the guaranteed hits and deep stable of signers put it among the most loaded soccer releases of all-time. Other names commanding attention from collectors include Pele, Neymar, Roberto Baggio, Miroslav Klose and many more.
While a considerable focus is placed on the autographs and relics, another point of interest for collectors is the many Prizm parallels. These colorful cards have already seen huge values, especially the many low-numbered options.
At around $150 per box and three total hits that can be either relics or autographs, the value is solid especially considering Prizm World Cup was not much cheaper and had no guarantees for box hits. One downside is the sticker autographs found throughout. Obviously, on-card autographs are the preference for most, but this is somewhat understandable given the scope of the release.
The list below provides a helpful snapshot of the current auctions for 2015 Panini Select Soccer. Highlighting the 50 most-watched listing on eBay, the real-time guide is constantly updating to provide the freshest look at what is seeing the most interest from collectors.
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.