First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome baseball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The vibrant color of 2015 Topps will be Chromed.

Topps revealed the first glimpses at 2015 Topps Chrome on Friday — the debut of a hobby staple that will arrive once again with a rainbow of Refractors for every player on Aug. 5.

Packing two autographs per box or five autographs per jumbo box, Chrome will carry a 200-card base set this year comprised of players who appeared in both Series 1 and Seires 2 of the standard Topps release.

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This year, the Refractor Rainbow will include nine shades — standard, Prism, Purple, Blue, Green, Gold (/50), Orange (/25, hobby-only), Red (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). All but standard and Prism Refractors will be serial-numbered, but those volumes were not announced.

On the retail front, there will be Sepia Refractors as well as Pink Refractors for collectors to chase, too.

Rookies will make up a significant part of the autograph crop with seven types of Refractors to find — and all will be serial-numbered. They are standard, Purple, Blue, Green, Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Supers. The Orange and Supers will be hobby-only releases.

Four new insert sets will arrive this year with varying degrees of difficulty. Chrome Culminations will be found one per hobby case with 20 notable players showcased. These also will have Red Refractor and Superfractor versions as well as autographs. Chrome Commencements will note 20 young stars with these being hobby-only cards. They’ll also have Red (/5) and 1/1 Superfractor versions. Future Stars inserts will showcase 20 key rookies with four types of parallels — Gold, Orange, Red and Superfractor versions to chase — while Gallery of Greats will add a Chrome twist to the Series 1 insert with Gold, Orange, Red and Superfractor versions.

Four types of autograph inserts will also be found here with Illustrious Autographs showcasing top rookies and veterans. These will have Orange, Red and Supers, while Dual and Triple autos will also be limited. Duals will be limited to 10 with a Red (/5) and Super version, while Triples will have those as well as printing plates. Returning this year will be Thrill of the Chase Diecut autos where notable milestones will be noted with a Red and Superfractor parallel, too.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

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7 comments

  1. kris buonocore 13 February, 2015 at 16:27

    can’t tell the difference in pics other then logo but i am guessing they will look even sweeter then standard issue

  2. Isaac 13 February, 2015 at 22:58

    The chrome looks REALLY GOOD on the 2015 card design (which is amazing in itself), and the autograph flows really well the the card (not to mention this years signers set is AWESOME). Can’t wait!!!!

  3. Matthew 16 February, 2015 at 06:03

    As I continue to see more of my older Chrome cards (as well as other cards, such as Finest, that use similar printing technology) get weird fade splotches., I find it harder and harder to justify spending money on newer releases. Worse still, despite my best efforts, I cannot find any reporting on this issue in Beckett or Sports Collectors Digest. Admittedly, there may have been some years ago and I lack the skills to perform a search that will find me the information I’m looking for, but how we do know that any new Chrome cards purchased today won’t be experiencing similar issues? Why spend serious bucks when the cards harbor a chance of looking like a splotchy mess?

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