2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Gets Bigger

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Things are getting bigger for 2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer. Both the base set and the number of insert sets are growing. As for the number of Refractors, the number of colors remains on the large side.

Topps is also adding a second hobby configuration. Regular hobby boxes return with the promise of an autograph per box. Joining them are Hobby LITE boxes. These don’t promise autographs but they do have some exclusive parallels.

2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Checklist Overview

The biggest change this year is the base set. It doubles in size from 100 to 200 cards. Both veterans and rookies are included.

Each card has more than 20 Refractor parallels to go with it, making for one of the biggest rainbows in the sport. These include:

  • Refractors – (1:3 packs)
  • Black and White Ray Wave – (1:4 Hobby LITE packs)
  • Speckle Refractors – (1:9 hobby packs)
  • Silver Mini Diamond Refractors – /275
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Purple Mini Diamond Refractors – /250 (hobby only)
  • Night Vision Refractors – /225 (hobby only)
  • Aqua Refractors – /199
  • Aqua Wave Refractors – /199 (hobby only)
  • Pink Refractors – /175
  • Pink Mini Diamond Refractors – /175 (hobby only)
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Rose Gold Refractors – /150
  • Rose Gold Mini Diamond Refractors – /125 (hobby only)
  • Neon Green Refractors – /99
  • Neon Green Wave Refractors – /99 (hobby only)
  • Blue and Gold Starball – /75
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /75 (hobby only)
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Mini Diamond Refractors – /50 (hobby only)
  • Black and Gold Starball – /30
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /10
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Night Vision Lionel Messi

Variations take on a legends theme in 2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA. These look like regular base cards but are available in smaller quantities. Parallels for these include Aqua Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1).

Autographs and Inserts

Chrome Autographs are an adaptation of the base set. Not only is the look similar, but Refractors are plentiful as well:

  • Aqua Refractors – /199
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Neon Green Refractors – /99
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /10
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Black and White Ray Wave Autographs are exclusive to hobby LITE boxes.

2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA has four additional insert sets.

Future Stars returns for another year. A familiar name in Topps products to highlight young athletes, these are 1:6 packs.

2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Future Stars Pedri

Goal scorers are the focus of Golazo, which fall 1:12 packs.

Chasing Glory is new this year. They’re approximately one per hobby box.

2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Chasing Glory Cristiano Ronaldo

All three of these insert sets have additional Aqua Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10) and Superfractors (1/1). Some cards also have numbered autographs with their own one-of-one Superfractors.

Topps reaches into the past with Framed Rookie Stickers. These are buybacks of original rookie stickers that have been put into frames to make them similar in size to traditional trading cards. Red (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) versions can also be found.

2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League soccer cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 4, Hobby LITE – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 18, Hobby LITE – 16
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Hobby LITE – 16
Set size: 200 cards
Release date (subject to change): April 20, 2022

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 1
  • Refractors – 6
  • Speckle Refractors – 2

What to expect in a hobby LITE box:

  • Black and White RayWave Parallels – 4

Recent 2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League releases:

The full 2021-22 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, which will likely be shortly before the product comes out.

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