2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League Soccer Cards: RCs, Guide, and Buying/Selling Advice

An exclusive blue version of the base 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League set, 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League offers an assortment of base cards, parallels and a few image variations.

2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League was one of the more popular collections released last year, benefitting from the expanded Refractor rainbow, exciting autos, and new Retail Blaster boxes.

The 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition offered even more UEFA Champions League cards, this time with an online-exclusive product that went out of stock instantly. There are no autos, but that hasn’t stopped collectors from taking notice. 

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League Soccer: Key Stats 

  • Release Date: Pre-Sale – July 20 2021; Public Sale – July 21 2021
  • What you get: 4 cards per pack, 8 cards per box
  • RRP: $250 per box

Base Sapphire Parallels

  • Aqua (1:9 packs)
  • Yellow (1:13 packs)
  • Green (1:17 packs)
  • Orange (1:26 packs)
  • Purple (1:51 packs)
  • Red (1:255 packs)
  • Padparadscha (1:1,282 packs)

Variation Sapphire Parallels

  • Aqua (1:171 packs)
  • Yellow (1:258 packs)
  • Green (1:341 packs)
  • Orange (1:512 packs)
  • Purple (1:1,023 packs)
  • Red (1:5,076 packs)
  • Padparadscha (1:2,4362 packs)

Future Stars Sapphire Parallels

  • Aqua (1:57 packs)
  • Yellow (1:86 packs)
  • Green (1:114 packs)
  • Orange (1:171 packs)
  • Purple (1:341 packs)
  • Red (1:1,693 packs)
  • Padparadscha (1:8,123 packs)

The Best 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League Soccer Cards

Priced at $80 the year before, it’s clear they now see this as a mid-tier collection. Here are 10 of the best cards from the Sapphire set. 

10. 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Sapphire Jeremy Doku RC #2 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Sapphire Jeremy Doku RC #2

Jeremy Doku’s RC is the first to make the list. The highly rated forward joined Rennes in a €26 million deal in October 2020, while he made his first appearance for the Belgian national team a month earlier. 

His rookie cards are a great outside bet if you follow Ligue 1, and the team is obviously hoping to sell him for big money in the future. The same goes for many collectors of his Topps Sapphire card.  

9. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Lionel Messi #1 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Lionel Messi #1

Lionel Messi is always going to be a hobby box mover, especially as he’s shown in the red and blue of Barcelona. Of course, the magisterial Messi has an army of fans that would go to war if you were to suggest he was anything other than the GOAT.

There’s also significant interest in any of his rarer cards, and this is no exception.

8. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Ryan Gravenberch RC #98 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Ryan Gravenberch RC #98

Another highly rated youngster from the set is Ryan Gravenberch. He has been with Ajax since 2018, and is their youngest ever player to feature in the Eredivisie at 16 years and 130 days. 

Gravenberch made his international debut in 2021, and the midfielder has even scored in a friendly. He’s clearly another one to watch.  

7. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Cristiano Ronaldo #100 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Cristiano Ronaldo #100

Cristiano Ronaldo is always going to be a hit for most collectors, especially if you manage to snag a graded copy of one of the rarer parallels. 

The Portugal captain is pictured during his stint with Juventus, where he won two Serie A titles, two Supercoppe Italiana, and a Coppa Italia, before returning to Manchester United in 2021. 

6. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Vinicius Junior RC #89 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Vinicius Junior RC #89

2021/22 has been a great season for Vinicius Junior, as the player has come of age for a revamped Real Madrid. 

After all, who needs Eden Hazard when Vinicius is ready to light up the wing? It’s all the more impressive considering Vinicius was coming off the back of a season in which he’d only scored three goals and got three assists in 35 games.

His form has had a clear impact on the values of his best cards. 

5. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Pedri RC #61 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Pedri RC #61

With the hopes of Barcelona set on his shoulders, Pedri has exceeded all expectations this season. He’s clearly rated highly by manager Xavi Hernandez;

“He’s the best in the world in his position,” the coach had previously said. “There’s nobody else like him.” 

The same importance is shared for coach Luis Enrique at international level too. It’s no wonder that his 2020 Topps Sapphire RCs are so popular. 

4. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Karim Adeyemi RC #99 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Karim Adeyemi RC #99

While Karim Adeyemi still plies his trade in the Austrian Bundesliga, the German international looks like he could be a prolific striker. At the current time of writing, he has notched 14 goals in 18 games for Red Bull Salzburg, and he’s the top scorer in the league.

It’s not a bad return for a 20-year-old, and it’s why his RCs from the Topps Sapphire set are so valuable. 

3. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Erling Haaland #49 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Erling Haaland #49

It might not be an RC, but Erling Haaland’s card from the 2020 Sapphire set is a worthy addition to this list. 

The Norway striker is one of the hottest commodities in the sport, and has been linked with virtually every major European club since making his debut for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.

2. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Eduardo Camavinga RC #44 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Eduardo Camavinga RC #44

Eduardo Camavinga was one of the most hyped rookies from the 2020/21 season, and with good reason. 

As the youngest player to ever play for Rennes’ first team at the age of 16, he earned a big-money move to Real Madrid in August 2021. 

He’s also been capped for France, holding another record as the youngest player to be called up to the senior team since René Gérard in 1932. 

Since it’s an RC, the midfielder is pictured in the red and black of Rennes in the action shot, rather than the white of La Real. 

1. 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Jude Bellingham RC #68 (eBay)

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire UEFA Jude Bellingham RC #68

England international midfielder Jude Bellingham takes the top spot on this list thanks to an RC which shows him in action for Dortmund in the Bundesliga. 

Exceptionally talented, he had already made his first appearance for England in November 2020, and represented the country at UEFA Euro 2020 where they reached the final. 

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League Soccer: Hobby Box Prices 

What about the few 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League hobby boxes that haven’t been opened yet? Some still exist, and currently retail for roughly three times the original RRP. 

Check out 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League hobby boxes on eBay.

2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League Soccer: Buying/Selling Advice

The 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League hobby box has been well received by collectors. 

Less than a year on from the release of the set, various graded versions of the best cards have made their way onto the likes of eBay. 

They’re a solid investment, with a great selection of RCs to choose from. 

The rookies are backed by the likes of Haaland, Ronaldo, and Messi, while unnumbered parallels ensure that there’s something to suit almost every budget. 

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