2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball Heads to 1953
2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is aimed at those looking for some metallic nostalgia. The second year for the brand, it moves up one year to 1953 for its design inspiration.
Besides a variety of colorful Refractors, hobby boxes deliver one autograph. For those wanting something more affordable, Hobby LITE boxes return that have lots of parallels but are light on signatures.
2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball Checklist Overview
Whereas 2021 Platinum Anniversary Baseball started at the flagship beginnings with a 1952-inspired look, this time 1953 Topps Baseball is the foundation. At 500 cards, it’s a fairly big set, especially when you take the small pack sizes into account. For those going after the full set, it’ll take several boxes to complete.
The corresponding rainbow is massive, with every card having more than two dozen different parallels:
- Refractors – 1:4 packs
- Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – 1:4 hobby LITE packs (hobby LITE only)
- X-Fractors – 1:24 packs
- Aqua Lava Refractors – /299
- Yellow RayWave Refractors – /250
- Blue Mini-Diamond Refractors – /199
- Platinum Toile Cream/Fuchsia Atomic Refractors – /199 (hobby only)
- Platinum Toile White/Blue Refractors – /199
- Speckle Refractors – /150
- Atomic Refractors – /100
- Fuchsia Atomic Refractors – /100 (hobby only)
- Green Wave Refractors – /99
- Platinum Toile White/Green Refractors – /99
- Platinum Toile Cream/Rose Gold Refractor – /75
- Rose Gold Refractors – /75
- Rose Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /75
- Gold Refractors – /50
- Platinum Toile Cream/Gold Refractors – /50 (hobby only)
- Platinum Toile White/Orange Refractor – /50
- Orange Refractors – /25
- Orange Wave Refractors – /25
- Black Refractors – /10
- Platinum Toile Cream/Black Refractors – /10
- Platinum Toile Cream/Red Refractors – /5
- Red Refractors – /5
- Red Lava Refractors – /5 (hobby only)
- Superfractors – 1/1
Some cards also have Image Variations that switch out the photo and come with tougher odds.
Autographs are the only other inserts in 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball. These use the same ’53 design as the base set. Parallels include Refractors (/199), Aqua Refractors (/150), Blue Prism Refractors (/99, hobby only), Platinum Toile Cream/Blue Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Black Refractors (/10), Platinum Toile Cream/Red Refractors (/5), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).
The only autographs in Hobby LITE boxes are exclusive Pink Refractors. They’re not easy, though, numbered to 15 copies each.
2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball cards at a glance:
Cards per pack: Hobby – 4, Hobby LITE – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Hobby LITE – 16
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12, Hobby LITE – 16
Set size: 500 cards
Release date (subject to change): April, 2023
What to expect in a hobby box:
- Autographs – 1
- X-Fractors – 1
- Refractors – 6
What to expect in a Hobby LITE box:
- Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – 4
- Refractors – 4
The full 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, which will likely be shortly before the product releases.
Over/under on the number of parallels that actually make it into the set? Remember they stiffed us by about 50% for 2021.