Parkside NWSL Trading Cards

These cards kick!

In recent years I have become quite fond of soccer. My wife has been a soccer player since she was a young child and was actually offered a scholarship to play at the collegiate level. As a result of her love for the game, I’ve been more invested in women’s soccer than in the men’s game although I do watch many games in various male leagues. The NWSL, National Women’s Soccer League, caught my attention this year. I recently subscribed to Paramount+ and have been loyally watching games ever since. It’s my newest addiction.

Base card front.

Being a collector of trading cards off and on over the course of my life and having lost most of those cards thanks to Hurricane Laura, I decided to pick up the hobby once again. Part of the reason that I decided to do this was because of Parkside and their beautiful NWSL 2021 Trading Card set. The base set features two hundred cards with a simple design on the front that features either an action shot or a posed photo of each player with a banner at the bottom of the card displaying the player’s name and team logo. The backs of the cards include a brief note about the player, their team number, position, Instagram tag, college (if applicable), and birth information. There’s also a QR code that you can scan to see each player’s stats.

Base card back.

Each pack comes with twenty-five cards although I’ve received twenty-six cards in almost every pack that I’ve opened. I got twenty-seven cards in at least one pack as well. There are two foil parallel cards and one black and white parallel card included in each pack. There are also three insert cards included with each pack. Not all of the insert card types are listed on the back of the packs, but as far as I know, these are the types of inserts that you can find and their odds according to the pack:

  • Vintage 1:1
  • Luminescent 1:3
  • Hyped 1:4
  • Signature Series Blue Ink 1:20 with Purple and Red parallels (Unknown odds)
  • Cityscapes 1:100
  • Americana 1:300
  • Photo Variation Base Card (Unknown odds)
  • Promising Prospects (Purple, Red, and Blue parallels) (Unknown odds)
  • Mystery Memorabilia (Unknown odds)
  • 1/1 Base Parallel (Unknown odds)
Black and White Parallels.

The odds for some of the cards, especially the Signature Series and Cityscapes, are disputed by many on the web. I have my doubts as well since I have yet to find a Signature Series card and have quite a few Cityscapes cards in hand. I really like a lot of the inserts, especially the Promising Prospects and the Hyped cards. The Promising Prospects have a base purple card and a blue Walmart and red Target parallel set.

Promising Prospects Red Variant (L) and Purple (R).

On social media you can find a number of trading groups. I happen to be a member of one of the Facebook groups and have made several trades in order to complete my base set. I’m currently on the hunt for a few of the inserts, especially the Promising Prospects cards and the Hyped cards. On Twitter, Parkside retweets trade requests and interacts with collectors regularly. They have a contest going on Instagram where they randomly select people to win official NWSL soccer balls. I’ve entered and am patiently waiting to see if I win.

Foil parallels and Red Promising Prospects.

I am very much addicted to these cards. If you want to join a trading group, feel free to message me and I’ll send you in the right direction. I don’t want to mention the group here in case any scalpers might be lurking. The group that I am part of is meant to be for collectors and completionists who do not wish to sell off cards simply for profit. The group that I am in is for fans of the league.

Luminescent (L) and Cityscapes (R) cards. Just FYI, I’ve already traded the Morgan cards.

Thanks for checking out my post. I’ve got the trading card bug again and have also been collecting a few Topps Match Attax cards albeit with less fervor than I have with the NWSL cards. It’s very difficult to find soccer trading cards in southern Louisiana. Purchasing them online can be a hassle as well as many boxes sell out before I can get my hands on them. I might be reviewing more cards in the future. Let me know if you want to see more content like this in the comments section.

Vintage Inserts.
More Promising Prospects and one Hyped card.