2016 Panini Flawless Soccer was already arguably the biggest soccer release of all-time even before it released. Despite several delays, the cards are finally here. Overall, the end result is impressive and the checklist is strong with some very big names of past and present. Coming as little surprise, the key cards revolve around superstars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele.
Not a set for the faint of heart or those without ample resources, the quality of Flawless comes with a huge price tag of over $2,000 per ten-card box. While the 2016 Flawless Soccer checklist is fairly deep, the international game is simply too large to cover all the elite players, so the final tally may not appeal to all soccer collectors. Former legends are included, but the focus leans more to the present which can be dicey as many names fall closer to the star category versus legit superstars.
Still, anytime a set can include on-card autographs for Messi, Cristiano and Pele, it is bound to be hotly pursued and this is clearly the case. Beyond these obvious standouts and a variety of on-card autograph themes and designs for other notable players of the global game, popular insert options include Sole of the Game cards with game-used boot relics and Studs that feature actual cleat pieces worn in matches.
The reality is that with a brand that incorporates real gems into the base cards, there is no shortage of high-end elements. Still, this is a huge gamble by the box and singles are much more practical and possibly the only option for most.
Keep track of all the notable 2016 Panini Flawless Soccer cards to surface at auction using the real-time guide below. The 50-card list is constantly being updated with the newest information from eBay, so check back or bookmark the page for future reference.
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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.