First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome baseball
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.
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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