Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2013 Topps Premier Gold Trading Cards Box Break Recap And Review

To be upfront and honest, the extend of my involvement with Barclay’s Premier League is opening some packs of 2012/2013 Topps Match Attax trading cards.  With all the sports I follow and having a pretty good local team here in Los Angeles, the Galaxy, there hasn’t been much opportunity to follow what is happening overseas.  But I have done my due diligence, trying to absorb what I can about the league and its players, so I feel somewhat prepared to offer this review of 2013 Topps Premier Gold.  I think it is fair to say fans of Association Football/Soccer will be pleased with what Topps has put together for this higher end offering.

2013 Topps Premier Gold fits very nicely into our Premium Cards category. Each hobby box contains 10 Mini-Boxes with 5 cards per mini-box and 1 Memorabilia or Autograph card in every mini-box.  For the entire master box you should pull a total of 5 Autographs and 5 Memorabilia Cards.

Here are all of the cards we pulled from our master box. (Spoiler - we pulled one of the bigger hits of this product.)

Base Set

 Daniel Sturridge, front and back, Mesut Ozil
 Roberto Soldado, Rickie Lambert, Paulinho
 Jozy Altidore, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Jay Rodriguez
Peter Whittingham, Tim Howard, Steven Fletcher
 Pablo Hernandez, Santi Cazorla, Jonas Gutierrez
 Robbie Brady, Youssouf Mulumbu, Leon Osman 
 John O'Shea, Ahmed Elmohamady, Bryan Ruiz 
 Tim Krul, Steven N'Zonzi, Russell Martin
 Willian, Robert Snodgrass, Pablo Zabaleta
 Aaron Lennon, Fraizer Campbell, Chico Flores

Erik Pieters, front and back, Tom Huddlestone
 Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie, Gaston Ramirez

Color Parallels - Green #/99 
Sandro, Simon Mignolet, Emanuele Giaccherini 
 David de Gea, Matija Nastastic, Sergio Aguero

Topps Kick app Code Cards 
front and back

The Hits

 Aaron Hughes, Joe Hart
 Tim Howard, Jordan Henderson
 Mikel Arteta

James Collins Auto base, Kyle Walker Auto base 
Peter Crouch Auto base, Tim Krul Auto base
 Pele Autograph Orange Parallel #/25

Overall Look
Clean base card design with premium flare.  The only thing not premium about the cards is the actual stock, a rather simple thin, glossy cardboard.  These cards deserve a stock that’s a little more plush, thicker with some foil accents would be nice.  Insert set is nearly identical to the base set.  Color Numbered Parallels look great.  Memorabilia cards look fantastic.  Autograph cards work when the photo extends the length of the card, otherwise it almost looks like the design was cut off, leaving a large blank white space.  Look at the James Collins auto card versus the 3 other base autos to see what I mean.  When the autos are color parallels, like the Pele auto, the spacing becomes less noticeable.

Quality and Variety of Players
At 200 base cards this is a fair representation of the best Barclay’s Premier League has to offer.  There is enough variety in the inserts and hit cards too.

Do the Hits satisfy?
What makes this set a true premium product are the half case hits.  In every case you will find 2 of the following player autographs, Pelé, Cristiano Ronaldo, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Gareth Bale  and Mikel Arteta.  Think about that.  There are 6 boxes a case so your will pull an autograph card of one of this incredible players at a rate of 1 out of every 3 boxes.

Will it keep you coming back for more?
Fans of Barclay’s Premier League have been waiting for a product like this so these will most likely move very fast.  Deep pockets will want this by the sealed case to ensure those 2 big hits.


4 1/2 out of 5

2013 Topps Premier Gold offers a great premium experience for Barclay’s Premier League enthusiasts.


  1. Sweet Pele,
    I had the same driving instructor & examiner as Jay Rodriguez lol

    1. Martyn! Great to hear from you. Thought about you while I opened these cards. Hope all is well.

  2. wow! that's really awesome! congrats!

    I really wanted to break some of this... but the $320 price tag was too much for me.

    I bought one mini box. Wasn't overwhelming. And no Manchester United players for me either...

  3. Wow, Pele auto and a cool Krul ! Congrats !

  4. WOW the Pele auto is fine! up for trade? let me know Soskinfamily@yahoo.com