First Look: 2013 Topps Chrome baseball cards (with preliminary checklist)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Mark your calendars, Chromies — Aug. 28.

Topps revealed the first looks and the basic product information for the 2013 edition of a long-running hobby staple on Friday, Topps Chrome, which will bring a new array of rainbows to the masses.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include, as usual, two autographs per box with four cards per pack.

The base set will consist of an undisclosed number of standard cards — Topps did not release a preliminary checklist for this product — a mix of veterans and Rookie Cards. Some cards will have variations, while all will have 13 parallels — a standard Refractor, Xfractor as well as Blue (/199), Black (/100), Sepia (/75), Gold (/50), Red (/25) and Atomic (10)  Refractors as well as 1/1 Superfractors and printing plates. Atomics, Supers and plates will be hobby-only cards.

Autographed Rookie Cards will include 12 parallels with the standard Refractors limited to 499 copies. The other shades will be limited to the same quantities as the unsigned versions.

For other autographs, there will be a new batch of Ultimate Chase cards — which will be high-end cards found starting with Series 1 Topps, along with Chrome buybacks (/10) and triple autos limited to just five copies. This year, a hobby-only option will be back-to-back diecut autos (/5) and 10 Red Hot Rookie autos limited to just 25 copies.

For insert card collectors, there will be Chrome Connections diecuts — cards that can be pieced together — with autographed versions limited to 24 or fewer copies as well as Relic versions.  Continuing with what was found in standard Topps, there also will be a 1972 Topps Chrome set with autos also limited to 25.

Also to be found are Division diecut boxloader cards, a foilboard creation with five autos from players on a single team. These will be capped at 25 copies per card.

Also to be found will be Refractor Hot Boxes along with redemptions for uncut sheets as well as autographed patch Relic variations for base cards.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Look for a preliminary checklist here when it is available from Topps.



  1. shad
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Wow must say the 2013 design looks much better with the chrome treatment

  2. Posted January 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm, same design as Flagship, check. Colored border parallels, check. Diecuts, check. Looks like pretty standard Chrome until you get to that “Red Hot Rookies” insert. That just doesn’t go with the rest of the set. Everything else is sleek, modern, etc., but that insert is just awful. Not a fan of the ’72 cards being “chromed” either, but I can let that slide more than the RHR cards.

  3. Matt
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be going after the base set and some different refractors, but that’s about it. Base cards & parallels look fantastic, inserts, not so much

  4. Jim DeCriscio
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    excited as usual for this set. the new design looks pretty nice chromed out, excited to see the box toppers too.

  5. kris
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    i like these better as well. im in for a box

  6. Posted January 26, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Everything looks awesome! I can’t wait : )

  7. Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I would wish if they put more modern players in the chrome series.

  8. Robert
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    The base set looks soo much better chromed. Not such a huge fan of the RHR. Being from Baltimore, I need the sepia Machado auto. I’m up for a case.

  9. Aron bryan
    Posted August 7, 2016 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Are all the chrome connection die-cuts refractors?

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