2015 Topps Chrome Baseball — Hobby vs retail odds rundown
By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
2015 Topps Chrome Baseball has several different configurations based on where you’re buying it. If you’re heading to your local card shop, you’ll find hobby and jumbo boxes. If you don’t have a hobby store nearby, you might come across it in the card aisle at Target, Walmart or another retail location. These have packs, larger Value Packs and blaster boxes.
To make each attractive in their own way, each 2015 Topps Chrome Baseball configuration has its own highlights. For hobby and jumbo, many will gravitate towards the promised autographs. Those that like colorful Refractors might look to retail for their exclusive colors.
Traditionally, hobby packs have better odds on premium content like autographs and memorabilia cards. And while that’s the case overall here, there are a couple of exceptions. Most notable are the Rookie Autograph Gold Refractors and Printing Plates. Both are exclusive to retail packs. And because of this, odds are better than you might normally expect for autographs that are on the rarer side.
For example, the Rookie Autograph Gold Refractors, which are numbered to 50, are 1:234 retail packs. Compare that to the Rookie Autograph Green Refractors that are spread across hobby, jumbo and retail packs. Despite being numbered to 99 copies each, they’re 1:424 hobby and 1,484 retail. The Green parallels are easiest to find in the hobby jumbos where they land 1:86 packs.
On the exclusives side, base Sepia and Pink Refractors are only at retail.
Hobby has a few exclusives of its own, most notably Rookie Autograph Orange Refractors (/25). Hobby and jumbo packs are the only place to find Rookie Autograph Superfractors. However, basic Superfractors are part of the retail mix, just not as an exclusive.
For a lot of the main parts of 2015 Topps Chrome Baseball, hobby and retail odds match up pretty closely. Some of the toughest inserts see things sway a little in hobby’s favor, but they’re rare no matter which pack type you’re busting.
Below is a full list of 2015 Topps Chrome Baseball odds lined up for easy reference and comparison.
2015 Topps Chrome Baseball Insertion Rates
Jumbo 1 per pack
3 per Retail Value Pack
4 per Retail Blaster
Purple Refractor /250
Blue Refractor /150
Green Refractor /99
Gold Refractor /50
Orange Refractor /25
Red Refractor /5
Rookie Autograph Refractor /499
Rookie Autograph Purple Refractor /250
Rookie Autograph Blue Refractor /150
Rookie Autograph Green Refractor /99
Rookie Autograph Gold Refractor /50
Rookie Autograph Orange Refractor /25
Rookie Autograph Red Refractor /5
Rookie Autographs SuperFractor 1/1
Rookie Autograph Printing Plate
Variation Red Refractor
Chrome Commencements Red Refractor
Chrome Commencements SuperFractor
Chrome Culminations Red Refractor
Chrome Culminations SuperFractor
Chrome Culminations Autograph
Dual Autographs Red Refractor
Dual Autographs Printing Plate
Dual Autographs SuperFractor
Future Stars Gold Refractor
Future Stars Orange Refractor
Future Stars Red Refractor
Future Stars SuperFractor
Gallery of Greats
Gallery of Greats Gold Refractor
Gallery of Greats Orange Refractor
Gallery of Greats Red Refractor
Gallery of Greats SuperFractor
Illustrious Autographs Orange Refractors
Illustrious Autographs Red Refractors
Illustrious Autographs Printing Plate
Illustrious Autographs SuperFractor
Thrill of the Chase Die-Cut Autographs
Thrill of the Chase Die-Cut Autographs Red Refractor
Thrill of the Chase Die-Cut Autographs Printing Plate
Thrill of the Chase Die-Cut Autographs SuperFractor
Triple Autographs Red Refractor
Triple Autographs SuperFractor
Triple Autographs Printing Plate