Set to release in late August, Topps Chrome will be a product to watch. After disappointing many baseball card collectors last year due to printing issues, and card stock that was at times warped beyond belief, it will be interesting to see if Topps Chrome can rebound with it’s 2011 release.
One thing is certain, if you are a lover of parallels, you will be tempted to purchase one of the twenty-four pack hobby boxes despite last years fiasco. In addition to standard refractors, which will be limited to a print run of 499, there will be SuperFractors, as well as Red, Gold, Sepia, and Blue versions. In addition to these refractors, there will also be printing plates.
The Red, Gold, Sepia, and Blue refractors will be individually numbered. The Red is limited to 25, the Gold is limited to 50, the Sepia is limited to 99, and the Blue is limited to 199.
These parallels will also exist in more limited versions of the USA Baseball variety. These will be available by redemption only, and will also include the autograph of one of the players from last years Collegiate National team. Redemption cards good for entire sets of some of these parallels will be randomly inserted into packs.
A one of one parallel exists in the form of the Canary Diamond Parallel. Of course a set of these will not be included as part of the redemption promotion.
Inserts include a Vintage Chrome offering that is basically a chrome reproduction of some of the 1996 Topps issues. There will also be Heritage Chromes that will be individually numbered out of 1962. Black bordered cards will cover only 110 of the players, and will be individually numbered out of 100. Autograph versions of these black bordered cards will also be randomly inserted.
If you are a set builder, you will be happy to know that the base set is a manageable 220 cards. There will be 170 veterans, and 50 rookies. Each hobby box will have twenty-four packs, and there will be twelve boxes in each case. The suggested retail price per box is $99.95, but many sites are allowing collectors to pre-order them for less than $70.
Even if you were burned by last years printing mistakes, you might want to forgive and forget. The potential pulls from one of these boxes is too exciting to ignore. Surely Topps has learned from it’s mistake, and with card companies dropping like flies, we card lovers have limited options to be excited about these days.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with the Topps company. I have not been compensated for this review, nor do I expect to be at any time in the future. This article represents my honest opinions, and these opinions have not been influenced by any outside source.