First look: 2014 Topps Chrome Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps didn’t wait long to give the newest NFL rookies the chrome treatment. The trading card company previewed 2014 Topps Chrome on Thursday.

Chrome is one of the top products every year when it comes to rookie autographs. Each box will have one rookie autograph with the possibility of hitting rare refractors. There will be 24 packs with four cards in each pack.

The rookie autograph parallels will consist of Refractor (numbered to 150), STS Refractor (numbered to 99), BCA Refractor (numbered to 75), Black Refractor (numbered to 25), Pulsar Refractor (numbered to 15), Gold Refractor (numbered to 10), Red Refractor (numbered to 5), and Superfractor (1-of-1).

In addition, there will be Dual and Triple Rookie Autographs, as well as Rookie Autograph Variations. Collectors could also find Rookie Autograph Patches.

Chrome doesn’t just tout the base autographs. There are a number

of inserts and autographed versions that feature older designs such as 1963 Topps Minis (1 in 12 packs), 1985 Topps Football (1:6), 1965 Topps Football (1:24). The 1963 and 1985 inserts will feature multiple inserts, and autographs numbered to just 15 copies each. The 1965 design’s only parallel is a Superfractor.

Veteran autographs will also be seeded into the product, which are numbered to just 10 copies each.

Collectors will find just one Chrome Rookie Die-Cut in every box with the possibility of Blue Wave, Red, and Superfractor parallels. The Rookie Die-Cut Refractor Autographs will be numbered to 15.

When it comes to inserts, the 1,000-Yard Club and 4,000-Yard Club are back with Red, Blue Wave and Superfractor parallels, along with Red Refractor Autographs.

There are 220 cards in the base set with 110 veterans and 110 rookies. Topps is also adding 25 Rookie Card variations and 30 veteran card variations. The base set will also have more than 10 parallel refractors: Refractor, Blue Wave (one per box), STS-bordered (numbered to 499), BCA-bordered (numbered to 399), Pulsar (one per box hobby box), Black (numbered to 299), Blue (numbered to 199), Sepia-tone (numbered to 99), Gold (numbered to 50) Red (numbered to 25), Superfractor (1-of-1), and Printing Plates (1-of-1).

2014 Topps Chrome is scheduled to come out in late November.

The cards will feature updated photography for the release.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor at Beckett Media. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.




This should be Topps only release each year since its their only cards that hold value. As such Panini should just produce playoff contenders and national treasures, upper deck’s would be sp authentic and exquisite. And that should be it for the whole year.

Posted May 15, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

Larry: Not sure collectors could handle the 1987 Topps print runs that would be necessary to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of losing the rest of those brands.

Posted May 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

Sticker autos for the rookies this year? Is this the start of the downfall of Topps Chrome?

Posted May 15, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
David Hollingsworth

Just a mock up Sanders– just wait till they come out and see if they are actually sticker autos,

Posted May 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
Mike Pereira

Agree with Larry, there are too many brands now. What ends up happening is the value of the cards and sets decrease since there is so many multiple rookie cards over countless brands. What ends up happening is less collecting and more ripping to get to the auto and if it is not a good auto of a player then the whole box is a waste. This is why there is no reason to open hobby boxes when you can buy many more autos on the secondary market for the same price. It’s awful to see a player’s card from a high end product sell for $.99.

Posted May 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

Are the STS refractors /99 just another name for the Camo versions they’ve had the last coupla years? Sure hope so, I think they look great…

Posted May 17, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink
Susan Lulgjuraj

Yes, STS stands for “salute to services” or close to it.

Posted May 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

It’s just amazing to me year after year people keep buying the new products that keep oversaturating the market. Every year I see people buy topps five star, panini limited, panini elite, bowman, bowman sterling , and the other low quality but high price brands and within about a month the value nose dives. You can pick up the singles of your favorite players for a fraction of what beckett lists them at. I would think eventually people would widen up to the fact they are losing massive amounts of money on these cards and would stop buying them. That’s the only true way to stop big business from producing these less desirable cards is to stop buying the boxes of them.

Posted May 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

If these companies actually cared about the quality of the cards why don’t the put the best hits in hard cases to protect them? Panini did this for a few years with plates and patches and I thought it was a great idea, I don’t know why they don’t do it to contenders and treasures. Nothing more irritating then opening a $500 box of cards to them already damaged. It’s just common sense folks. And no one can tell me they can’t afford it, they have been raping collector’s for ever so now maybe it’s time to actually show the collector’s you actually listen to us. And I don’t just mean Panini but also Topps and Upper Deck could take notes. Heckler Leaf can afford penny sleeves and top loaders. So you guys need to get with the program.

Posted May 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

Larry: Perhaps a large percentage of people buying aren’t buying for the value — but because they like cards.

Posted May 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

That maybe true Chris. My best advice to them would be buy singles and not boxes. If they wait a month or two after release the prices usually drop pretty drastically. I’m just trying to help my brothers out, no matter if they collect for value or their own personal pc.

Posted May 18, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

it is a hobby first. First my opinion… TOPPS!!!! Stop with the reprints and massive inserts. AND veteran photo variations! JC

Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

I detest cards with borders and these look like the cheap, cheesy cards that Bowman put out a year or two ago…

Posted May 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

I agree with Larry there are too many brands and within each brand the different variations remind me of what it was like collecting in the 80’s (ok I dated myself). When you mass produce too many cards it’s simple supply and demand with a high supply the values of most but not cards drop. Only the high end to mid-high end cards hold their value.

I tend to buy the cards I collect on E-bay and buy boxes of Topps Chrome (hobby) to sell on E-bay to pay for my collecting addiction.

Posted October 11, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

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