There arent many holidays left in my football holiday, however the release of the year's Topps Chrome set still makes me excited every single time. Its hobby royalty, and no matter how bad the year’s rookie class is, Chrome is popular. Consistency is the name of the game, and Topps has ALWAYS delivered in droves.
Here are some of the big hits so far:
2014 Topps Chrome Derek Carr Variation Auto RC 4/75 – Huge price already
2014 Topps Chrome Aaron Murray Auto RC – Nice auto on these. Wow.
Like we saw in the release of 2014 Topps, the design is pretty nice. Its not as nice as 2012, but it is still awesome – especially the color refractors. Despite the mislabeled sell sheet, the on card autographs are back, and this time, it seems as though more of the rookies have signed for the set outside of the normal RPS guys like Manziel and Bridgewater.
Even cards like the rookie diecut set look great, and we are seeing from Topps’ twitter page that there are also on card autographs for them as well. My favorite remains the 1985 cards, which now feature updated RPS photos, unlike the inception style retouched college shots from the flagship sets. As we have seen since 2012, there are autographed versions that will sell for A LOT of money.
As they were in 2011 through now, the auto patches are back, and they are BAD ASS. I absolutely love these cards, and they are some of the first on card memorabilia cards at an affordable price all year. These have been some amazing cards in the past, and I am glad they are here for another year.
The craziest part about Chrome is that the 1/1 Superfractors and Autographs from the top guys will be the chase set this year. There is no more expensive rookie card than the top guys in the class and their superfractors. I have even seen un-autographed supers sell for more than logo patch autos from other sets.
Lets face it, Chrome is king. With this being the second to last year of the product, people are going to get protective. That means that this set, despite a reported ginormous print run, will still sell. Even though you are likely not even going to pull a top auto in every case, it wont matter. There are reports that the top autos will be the toughest pull since 2012, and I am saying it may not matter all that much. Chrome is going away, and nostalgia will keep this product afloat.
I love Chrome as much as anyone, and as far back as I can remember, I have bought the Chrome RC of my favorite players. Knowing that wont be available after 2015 saddens me.