Eden Hazard has struggled to hit previous heights since he joined Real Madrid on a five-year deal worth £88.5 million in 2019.
The Belgium international is indisputably one of the best players in the world when in form, although a range of injuries and bad luck has hampered his progress with the Spanish giants so far.
Here’s everything you need to know about the ex-Chelsea wingers’ best collectible cards, including buying and selling advice.
The Best Eden Hazard Cards
There’s a mix of club and country when looking at the best Eden Hazard cards on the market right now.
2016 Topps Stadium Club Premier League was the debut soccer release for a set which focuses on strong full-bleed images.
Released a few years after Hazard joined Chelsea in 2012, the action shot shows the player at full sprint with the ball stuck to his right foot.
There are also a range of parallels which averaged seven per hobby box, although they lack serial numbers.
Parallels: Gold Foil, First Day Issue, Members Only (Hobby), Premier League Logo
Hazard’s base card from the 2018 Panini Prizm World Cup set is up next.
Belgium were knocked out by winners France in the semi-final, and they came third overall in their best ever finish.
There’s an abundance of parallels to choose from, with many limited in number. As the tournament was held in Russia, there are also Cyrillic Text variations to look out for.
Prizm Parallels: Silver, Hyper, Lazer, Mojo, Red Mosaic, Black/Gold Wave, Green/Orange Wave, Red/Blue Wave, Blue #/199, Red #/149, Light Blue Lazer #/125, Purple #/99, Orange #/65, Pink Lazer #/40, Green Crystals #/25, Camo #/20, Gold Lazer #/15, Gold #/10, Pink #/8 (NSCC), Gold Power #/5, Blue Shimmer #/5 (FOTL), Black 1/1
The first signed card to make the list is a rarely-seen autograph from the 2014 Prizm World Cup set.
Hazard is a figurehead for Belgium’s golden generation along with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne, although they’re running out of time if they want to capitalise on their combined talents.
An international tournament win would see prices rising rapidly, and they’ll have no better chance than at the 2022 World Cup.
Parallels: Prizm #/25, Black Prizm 1/1, El Samba 1/1
2015-16 Topps Premier Gold Soccer is a premium collection which originally relied on a range of Hazard autos to move boxes.
One such card is found in the Golden Boot Autographs subset, limited to only 25 copies. (They were a case hit and highlight the top scorers in the league, as Hazard notched 14.)
There’s also a rare one-of-one Premier Gold parallel.
Parallels: Premier Gold 1/1
Hazard’s RC comes from his time with Lille in Ligue 1, and is actually a sticker release.
The 2009-10 Panini Foot set actually contains two different Hazard stickers, with the first being a simple profile shot of the player.
This alternative foil sticker is much more difficult to locate, with the majority of copies having been peeled over a decade ago. If you’re on the market for vintage Hazard merch, you can do no better than the original.
Eden Hazard Cards: Buyers Guide
Hazard is one of the more talented players to have graced the pitch over the past decade, but are his cards worth investing in?
The Best Cheap Eden Hazard Cards
The 2020 Euro Select set has a range of affordable Hazard cards, even if you’re solely on the market for PSA 10 versions.
The same goes for base versions of the 2014/2018 World Cup Prizm cards.
The Best Eden Hazard Cards
The best Eden Hazard cards have to be either his early signed Chelsea options, or the Lille stickers which have definite potential to rise in the future.
If you think he has what it takes to win a trophy with Belgium, they could also be a viable investment option.
Eden Hazard Cards: Buying/Selling Advice
Hazard is one of the best players I’ve seen in real life, talented enough to make established professionals look like children as he leaves them in his wake.
Unfortunately, his card prices have failed to match his talents, leaving it difficult to gauge their viability as an investment option.
He obviously felt forced to defend himself in recent weeks, telling Belgian publication HLN;
“I signed with Real Madrid for five seasons. The first two have not been good, the injuries have not helped me, but I still have three more to prove my worth.”
In the grand scheme of things, failure at Real Madrid will hurt long term card prices.
As an investor, you’ll have to decide whether he’ll come good in the end. He certainly has the ability, but will his body fail him again?