By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Bowman Chrome. Minis. Prospects. Rookies. Factory Set. Bonus Refractor parallels.
Those few words should sum up it all when it comes to Topps‘ latest release — a test-run if you will — that will take the 2013 Bowman Chrome set, modify it into a 330-card prospect and rookies edition and release it in a shrunken but high-end factory set form.
The 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini set will arrive on Feb. 19 with 12 sets per case and each of them including at least 30 bonus parallel cards — a mix of extra Refractors that includes:
— Standard Refractor, limited to 125
— Blue, limited to 99
— Green, limited to 75
— Gold, limited to 50
— Black, limited to 25
— Orange, limited to 15
— Red, limited to 10
— Purple, limited to five.
— 1/1s that include Superfractors and printing plates
In addition, there will be X-fractor Hot Boxes that have every card in the set as an X-fractor. Those will be limited to just 100.
Based on factory cost, the sets should cost at least $200.
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