After MONTHS of waiting, Topps Chrome retail is live and on eBay. This is by far one of my favorite sets of the year, as evidenced by the wall to wall coverage, and this year should prove to be no different. On top of added on card content and added refractors, this year’s Topps Chrome is already playing against a field of products that hasnt really measured up to the quality of the rookie class. Chrome is our first real opportunity to see high end chase cards in action, and I expect some major fireworks when it goes live for hobby later this week.
Here is what is up so far:
So far, the retail version is all that is out, and like last year, the exclusive refractors are back. I love the colored refractors a ton, as they not only look awesome, but they generate huge value outside of the box hits in the product. Guys like Luck and RGIII could break 30 bucks on the first completed auctions for all these types of “hits” which means that the 100 dollar price tag on a hobby box might actually bring some potential.
The design, as I have said over the last few weeks, might be the most Chrome auto friendly design in years. Because there is a large space for the player picture on the base cards, and a large space for the autographs when present, the cards look tremendous. In the usage of pink borders for BCA and camo for the troops, Topps adds an element that hasnt been as prominent in mainstream sets as it probably should have been. These cards will be collected for these reasons alone, just as they were in the first Topps release.
Chrome doesnt JUST represent a higher end version of the Topps set from earlier, it brings about a level of consistency that is rarely available in the hobby. Each and every year, Topps has been at the top of the mountain over the last few years with cards that come out of a low end box. Its a testament to what they have built in loyalty to Chrome, and that says something. As the cards become more readily available, Ill have more to update on the site – STAY TUNED!