First look: 2014 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

“Many have tried to imitate it, but there’s only one Topps Chrome.”

That’s the opening salvo on the sales materials for 2014 Topps Chrome, which Topps released on Monday. The hobby mainstay — and popular collecting substrate — will return once again on Aug. 27 with two autographs in every 24-pack hobby box.

There are a few new features this year with Silver & Black Refractors, which will be limited to 25 and signed in silver ink. Also new will be Topps of the Class autos, which have a bit of a Tribute feel, along with Topps Shelf, an Inceptionesque insert, and Topps All-time Rookies reprints. Also new — but old — are 1989 Topps Chrome cards that use the throwback design but in a different way as the cards are diecut.


The base set will consist of 220 cards — a mix of rookies and veterans from Series 1 and Series 2 Topps — and have 10 parallels per card. Each card will have four 1/1 printing plates as well as a 1/1 Superfractor along with Atomic (/10), Red (/25), Gold (/50), Sepia (/75), Black (/100), Blue (/199), Xfractor and standard Refractor parallels.

For the inserts, there won’t be as many parallels to chase. Topps Shelf will have 1/1 Superfractors and auto versions limited to 25. The Topps of the Class autos will be limited to 25 as well. The 1989 Topps Chrome cards also will have autos limited to 25.

Other autograph offerings in this one will include the auto rookies, which will be found with 10 parallels — 1/1 plates and Supers, Atomics (/10), the aforementioned Silver & Black, Red (/25), Gold (/50), Sepia (/75), Black (/100), Blue (/199) and standard Refractors (/499). Also to be found are Back-to-back diecut autos limited to five, Chrome Connections autos and Relics limited to 25 or fewer copies, auto Chrome buybacks limited to 10, dual autos limited to 10, triple autos limited to five and auto Relic patches limited to 1o.

Also packed out for collectors to chase will be redemptions for uncut sheets as well as an undisclosed number of base card variations.

A preliminary checklist was not released.

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 Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. deeeez
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    what!! no new color refractor this year ?

  2. Posted January 7, 2014 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    This line should come with a laugh-track: “Many have tried to imitate it, but there’s only one Topps Chrome.”

    Panini wasn’t trying to “imitate” with Prizm. They’ve just made a better chromium-stock trading card product.

  3. JayKayZee
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow, 2014 is coming out, and I’m still waiting on redemptions from 2012 Chrome…

  4. David Brewer
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if they are going to fill all the boxes with Brandon Maurer autos and redemptions they cant fill again.

    Topps: Note to-self, nobody wants Brandon Maurer’s auto when they buy a box of cards.

  5. Brian
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    More overproduced crap from Topps. 2013 was a train wreck on most product even with a stud rookie in Puig. 2014 likely won’t have a player with the same hype making a big splash. I what hack rookies who will be out of the league by release Topps is targeting to sign 50,000 autos so they can promise 2 on card rookie autos per box.

  6. Mike
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Just so I’m clear, topps wants us dealers to pre order this NINE MONTHS before its issued?

  7. heyyo
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I totally agree with Chris. Panini didn’t imitate it, they improved upon it. Prizm cards are simply higher quality than the overpriced curling plastic used by Topps.

  8. Jason
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink


    That’s what buying sealed wax is. If you’re a collector you are going to risk getting a Brandon Maurer autograph in a $70 box. If you don’t want that risk buy Five Star for $450. If that is too much for you then be happy you have a chance of a Puig, Fernandez, Machado RC auto.

    That same risk applies to any business owner. Even if you did know the complete checklist and the hot rookie at the time wasn’t in the product at release you would still be unhappy.

  9. Ed
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    So whats with Topps announcing Jumbo boxes of Chrome so late in the game? I’m sure most Breakers have already ordered the hobby box cases, is this due to a lack of interest or over production?


  10. Big Jer
    Posted August 23, 2014 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    “Panini didn’t imitate it, they improved upon it.”

    Prizm is a poor man’s Topps Chrome and everyone knows it.

    Lazy design, no backgrounds, and crappy looking sticker autos.

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