Looking for color in 2012 Topps Chrome Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Chrome and color parallels go together. The more color, the better the box – at least that’s how many collectors feel.

Since last week’s release of 2012 Topps Chrome Football, colored parallels have slowly made their out of packs into collectors’ hands.

The most popular parallels in 2012 Topps Chrome Football seem to be Black, Gold and Red, numbered to 25, 10 and five, respectively. Obviously, the low numbering has a lot to do with the collectability of the cards.

Look at these particular auctions:

2012 Topps Chrome Andrew Luck Red Refractor Auto /5 – With a little more than an hour left the card is at more than $3,600.
2012 Topps Chrome Andrew Luck Gold Refractor Auto /10 – This card is approaching $1,600 with three days left
2012 Topps Chrome Robert Griffin III Red Refractor Auto /5 – Three days left, the card is at $1,525
2012 Topps Chrome Robert Griffin III Gold Refractor Auto /10 – With two days left the card is just over $1,000.

However, when it comes to the player it almost doesn’t matter if there is color or not on the autographed card. This RG3 refractor autograph is already at $259 and this Luck autograph with the photo variation is more than $300.

Related post: Photo Guide: 2012 Topps Chrome rookie variations

Beyond Luck and RG3, some of the other rookies seem to be bringing in decent prices as well.
Trent Richardson Red Refractor Auto /5
Trent Richardson Black Refractor Auto /25
Ryan Tannehill Superfractor Auto 1/1

But it seems only the rare cards are getting big value from rookies not named Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck.

Collectors of other players (Doug Martin, Russell Wilson, David Wilson, Rueben Randle, Brandon Weeden), this could be a chance to get some cheap color.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. mike goodrich
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    im the one who pulled the griffin gold ref. 1/10 one of my best pulls

  2. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Awesome pull. Were you able to breathe afterward? :)

  3. mike goodrich
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    yes lol. It was pulled from a case at LJ Sportscards Binghamton NY

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