2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar was released in the runup to the 2022 World Cup, and collectors can chase base parallels and Optic editions, with several being exclusive to Hobby formats.
We picked up a cheap 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar box to take a look at the product as we inch ever closer to the 2022 World Cup tournament.
Here are our thoughts about the 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar collection, as well as the very best cards that are contained within the set.
2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar: Our Thoughts
The 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar set is impeded in a few ways. For one, it doesn’t have the strongest rookie class to start off with, especially if you’re looking at base options.
Then there’s the odd design of the rookie inserts, which leaves a lot to be desired. The ‘Road to Qatar’ logo is also a bit messy, and detracts from the overall look of the cards.
However, there are a number of hits which could make it worth your while in the long run.
2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar: Top 5 Cards
Here are our picks for the top five cards found in the 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar set, with some big names making the list.
5. 2021-22 Donruss Road to Qatar Optic Erling Haaland #100 (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.
Parallels are where the real value lies, especially the numbered versions limited to 149 or fewer.
- Parallels: Blue Velocity, Green Velocity, Holo, Red Velocity, Red #/149, Blue #/99, Purple Velocity, Orange Velocity #/49, Black Velocity #/25, Pink Velocity #/25, Gold #/10, Red & Gold Velocity #/8, Gold Vinyl 1/1
4. 2021-22 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 after 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 KABOOM! insert, wrapped in chrome with a familiar comic book design.
3. 2021-22 Donruss Road to Qatar The Beautiful Game Pele #BG-P (eBay)
The average Pele collectible goes for megabucks, and it’s no different if you’re looking at signed numbered options such as The Beautiful Game insert seen above.
Featuring an action shot of Pele in his prime, the Brazilian has a recognisable signature which is a major hit from the 2021-22 Donruss set. There’s also a range of coloured parallels to chase, such as a Blue version numbered to 99 copies.
- Parallels: Blue #/99, Red #/49, Gold #/10, Red & Gold Laser #/8, Black 1/1
2. 2021-22 Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! David Beckham #20 (eBay)
Possibly the most famous footballer of recent decades, former England captain David Beckham is given the KABOOM! treatment for this rare insert. (Cards from the subset fall at a rate of just one per Hobby case, which is why they’re so valuable despite the lack of a serial number.)
The midfielder is pictured during his prime for England, with a team logo found in the bottom left corner. This is the only KABOOM! insert from the set to feature a retired legend.
1. 2021-22 Donruss Road to Qatar KABOOM! Erling Haaland #17 (eBay)
Haaland is back again, this time in the KABOOM! subset which features the player in his red international kit.
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. A PSA 10 copy recently sold for a flat $7,200. We think that’s a great long-term investment and that it could easily reach five figures in the near future.
There’s still a lot of unopened Road to Qatar blasters and cases if you look at sites like eBay.
2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar: Summary
Our 2021-22 Donruss Soccer Road to Qatar review highlights the potential hits found in the collection. This includes autos for legends such as Pele, and the latest round of KABOOM! inserts featuring the likes of Beckham and Haaland.
However, the rookie class isn’t the greatest aside from Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, and the best cards can only be found in blaster boxes. It’s still a decent product to hold onto as the World Cup draws closer. An unexpected winner could see prices shooting up over the next few years.