We’re looking at the best Kaboom! soccer cards ever, featuring some of the biggest names within the beautiful game. There’s no better insert than Kaboom! if you’re looking for high-end options from a range of different sports.
Kaboom! inserts are proof that you don’t necessarily need a serial number or an autograph to make a card collectible. They typically come in at a rate of one per case, making the inserts some of the rarer options on the market.
Here’s a rundown with the top 10 Kaboom! soccer cards to collect, including RCs and options that will sell for five figures if wrapped in a graded slab.
The Best Soccer KABOOM! Cards
Beginning in 2017-18, you’ll be able to find Kaboom! cards in the following soccer sets:
- 2017-18 Select
- 2018: Panini Rewards Exclusive
- 2019-20: Panini Prizm
- 2020-21: Panini Prizm
- 2021-22: Panini Donruss Road to Qatar
10. 2021-22 Panini Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! Heung Min-Son #12 (eBay)
Tottenham star Heung-Min Son is one of the most popular players in the Premier League, and a national icon for South Korea. Despite suffering from a trophy drought at Spurs along with the likes of Harry Kane, he’s undeniably one of the more talented players in the sport, and deadly in front of goal.
2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar is a preview for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Kaboom! subset falls at a rate of one per Hobby case, using an eye-catching comic style. One clear benefit is that Son is depicted in the red of South Korea, as one of just 20 players to star in the subset.
9. 2021-22 Panini Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! Ansu Fati #9 (eBay)
Ansu Fati has been out with injury for long periods over the past two years, unable to build on his previous form at club level with Barcelona as the player underwent multiple surgical operations after suffering a couple of serious setbacks.
He scored his first goal in his first international start in September 2020, scoring Spain’s third goal against Ukraine to become their youngest ever goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days. In doing so he broke a 95-year record, and he could still make this World Cup tournament, which would also be his first ever.
Keep an eye on his Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar KABOOM! insert, wrapped in chrome with a familiar comic book design.
8. 2021-22 Panini Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! Lionel Messi #1 (eBay)
The magisterial Lionel Messi has an army of fans that would go to war if you were to suggest he was anything other than the GOAT. A player with a pull so strong that a number of international Barca fans have jumped ship to join him at PSG, his collectible cards are always going to be of interest to the average investor.
As part of the 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar KABOOM! Insert set, Messi is depicted in his Argentina kit.
7. 2021-22 Panini Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! Kylian Mbappe #4 (eBay)
Kylian Mbappe is arguably the most potent striker in world football today, and one of the more collectible players within the sport. The World Cup winner looks set to battle with Erling Haaland for the Ballon D’or over the next decade.
Once again, this release is part of the 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar KABOOM! Insert set, so Mbappe is featured in the familiar blue of France.
6. 2018 Panini KABOOM! Cristiano Ronaldo #46 (eBay)
We’ve long been firm believers that there’s arguably no better soccer investment option than Cristiano Ronaldo if you’re looking at players who are still plying their trade. (Well, maybe aside from Lionel Messi.) The Portugal captain holds a ridiculous number of individual records, while he’s one of the world’s most marketable and famous athletes.
Located in 2018 Panini Kaboom Rewards products, the multi-sport release includes debut parallels in Gold (#/10) and Green (1/1). (You can see an example of Ronaldo’s Gold parallel in the image above.)
5. 2021-22 Panini Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! Erling Haaland #17 (eBay)
Erling Haaland is yet to make his World Cup Finals debut, and Norway failed to make the cut during qualifying. This means that this Optic card could be one of the few World Cup rookie options to feature the forward, especially as he isn’t actually going to be in Qatar.
There aren’t many high-end Haaland Norway options, so this insert definitely stands out from the crowd if you think he’ll continue to bag goals at a rapid rate over the next decade.
It’s reflected in the overall asking price, as many collectors favour World Cup rookie cards above all others, while it’s an SSP from an extremely popular collection. We think that’s a great long-term investment that could easily reach five figures in the near future.
4. 2017 Panini Select KABOOM! Soccer Lionel Messi #14 (eBay)
Back to Messi, and this 2017-18 Panini Select Soccer insert which was the debut for Kaboom! soccer cards. This time, you’ll find the playmaker in his white and blue striped Argentina kit, with the ball at his feet. As always, it was a case hit, and there were 19 players selected for the Kaboom! treatment in total.
3. 2017 Panini Select Soccer KABOOM! Cristiano Ronaldo #1 (eBay)
Sticking with 2017-18 Panini Select Soccer, this is Ronaldo’s first ever inclusion within the popular Kaboom! subset. The Portugal captain is wearing his national kit, in a classic celebratory pose. It’s hard to think of many better unnumbered options featuring CR7, aside from his rookie cards.
2. 2018 Panini KABOOM! Soccer Lionel Messi #LMS (eBay)
This Lionel Messi Barcelona card is found in 2018 Panini Kaboom Rewards products, and the multi-sport release includes debut parallels in Gold (#/10) and Green (1/1). At the time, it was unthinkable to think he would ever leave Spain.
1. 2018 Panini KABOOM! Kylian Mbappe RC #KM (eBay)
Mbappe’s second appearance on the list takes the top spot. The 2018 Panini Kaboom release was only available via Panini Rewards in the United States, and featured comic-book style images of top athletes from the worlds of baseball, basketball, football, and soccer.
One slight downside is that Mbappe is pictured in the blue of PSG rather than France, but that’s counterbalanced by the popularity of both the Kaboom insert and the player himself. It’s also an RC released in the year in which he won the World Cup.
If Mbappe goes on to be a GOAT contender, this is likely to be one of his most coveted cards overall.
Soccer KABOOM! Cards: Buyers Guide
Are you interested in picking up one of the best soccer Kaboom! cards? Here are our thoughts on the current market for the valuable inserts.
The Best Cheap Soccer KABOOM! Cards
2021/22 Prizm Kaboom! cards tend to be some of the cheapest options available, especially when looking at teams outside of the top six. There are a few players that can be found for less than $100.
The Best Soccer KABOOM! Investment Card
Haaland might be flavour of the month right now, but it’s still hard to look past Mbappe’s 2018 Kaboom! RC. The majority of copies have been graded by services such as PSA and BGS.
Kaboom! Soccer Cards: Final Thoughts
The best Kaboom! soccer cards are likely to be wrapped in a graded slab, and will sell for an eye-watering amount. They’re also likely to feature some of the most important players within the sport, and this list was no exception. Whether it’s established stars like Messi and Ronaldo, or the next generation in the form of Haaland and Mbappe, there’s a strong selection of Kaboom! soccer cards to choose from.