2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Puts the Pedal to Colorful Metal

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2020 Topps Chrome Baseball lets the game’s rookies and star shine. It is Chrome, after all. The product has a lot of similarities to years past with an emphasis on color and signatures from baseball’s up-and-comers.

At the hobby level, there are two types of boxes once again. Regular hobby have a pair of autographs while hobby jumbo boxes deliver five.

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Base Set Basics

While the base set finds its roots in the flagship 2020 Topps Baseball release, Chrome has a more condensed checklist. It features 200 cards primarily covering key players from Series 1 and Series 2.

As usual, there are plenty of Refractors to chase, offering colorful takes on the base cards. Here’s a quick look at some of what to expect from hobby and hobby jumbo.

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Blue Wave Refractor

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractors Breakdown:

  • Refractors – 1:3 hobby packs
  • Prism Refractors – 1:6 hobby packs
  • Negative Refractors
  • Pink Refractors – 5 per retail value pack
  • Sepia Refractors – 4 per retail blaster box
  • Purple Refractors – /299
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Wave Refractors – /99 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /75 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Wave Refractors (hobby and hobby jumbo only)
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (hobby only)
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5 (hobby and hobby jumbo only)
  • Superfractors – 1/1

One-of-one Printing Plates are also available. Each of these has a Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow version.

Select cards also have Image Variations that also have Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

According to Topps, base set Super Short Prints are also part of the hunt.

Autographs

Rookie Autographs make up the bulk of the signatures in 2020 Topps Chrome Baseball. Keeping the standard, these have a similar design to the base set. There’s also a large list of parallels:

  • Refractors – /499
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Blue Refracotrs – /150
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99 (retail only)
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Wave Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball Rookie Autograph Red Refractor

The various Wave Refractors as well as Superfractors are exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo packs. Orange Refractors are only in regular hobby packs.

Dual Rookie Autographs (/25) feature ink from a pair of young standouts. Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) are the lone parallels for these.

Topps All-Time Rookie Cup Team Autographs are a new addition. These highlight some of the best players in history to get Rookie Cup honors. Base versions come numbered as do the set’s parallels: Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates (1/1) and Superfractors (1/1).

Retail hanger packs have special 2020 Topps Update National Baseball Card Day Preview cards. In addition to five retail packs of Topps Chrome, these have five exclusive inserts with a NBCD stamp on them.

Memorabilia Cards

Topps Chrome is a brand that generally isn’t heavy on memorabilia cards. That rings true in 2020, although there is one insert set.

Retro Rookie Chrome Relics take Rookie Cards from the past and do a couple of things with them. First, they’re done with chromium. Next, a swatch is added.

Parallels include Green Refractors (/99), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). Select cards also have autograph versions.

Retro Rookie Chrome Relics are only in hobby and hobby jumbo packs, not retail.

Additional Inserts

2020 Topps Chrome has several additional insert sets to round out its checklist.

1985 Topps Baseball (1:6 hobby packs), which is also being revisited in the main 2020 Topps Baseball lines, offers a chromium look at the 35-year-old design.

Freshman Flash (1:12) and Future Stars (1:8) are both back in packs. This is another place where the product looks to the game’s youth.

All three of these inserts have Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) as well as their base versions. Autographs can also be found for each of the three themes. These have their own Orange Refractor (/25), Red Refractor (/5), Printing Plate (1/1) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels.

With the dawn of a new decade, Decades of Dominance Die Cut inserts spotlight players who put up big numbers in a specific area over a ten-year span in the past. These land about one per hobby box. The Refractor rainbow is similar to other inserts except the Green Refractors are only in retail packs.

2020 Topps Chrome Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 4, Hobby Jumbo – 13, Retail – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Hobby Jumbo – 12, Retail Blasters – 8 (plus Sepia bonus pack)
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Hobby Jumbo – 8, Retail Blasters – 40

Retail Value Packs have three retail packs plus five Pink Refractors.
Retail Hanger Packs have four retail packs plus five 2020 Topps Update National Baseball Card Day Preview cards.

Set size: 200 cards
Release date: July 29, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • 1985 Topps – 4
  • Freshman Flash – 2
  • Future Stars – 2
  • Prism Refractors – 4
  • Refractors – 8

What to expect in a hobby jumbo box:

  • Autographs – 5
  • Refractors – 8
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Ryan Cracknell

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1 comment

  1. Kerry Orton 30 December, 2019 at 17:24

    In 2020 this will be my 3rd only Topps Chrome purchase as a 30-year collector. Looking forward to it!

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