Monday, August 12, 2019

CARDBOARD REVIEW:2019 Topps Chrome Baseball

One of my favorite releases of the year is finally out, that's right folks, Topps Chrome has hit the market!

Yes, there are many other brands I look forward to the release of, but none of them hits closer to home than Chrome. I have been buying Chrome since 1996 when Topps released the first line. It has always stood the test of time in my collection and without a doubt is my most sought after.

Why? Well it's chromed. And it has shiny stuff. So let's take a look at how I did in my 2019 break of this.

In every hobby box of 2019 Topps Chrome baseball, there are 24 packs of 4 cards each. Been that way since the dawn of chrome time. Each box comes with two autographs and tons of refractory goodness. Boxes currently go for $100.

There are 204 cards in the chrome base set and each one is a chromed version of it's Topps flagship counterpart.
I pulled both top rookies in my break in Vlad and Alonso.

Before I move on, I must mention that there are also  25 base card variations. I didn't pull one in thsi break as they fall 1:247 packs.

Now onto my favorite part of Chrome, the refractors!
 Base refractors fall 1:3 packs

 Prism refractors fall 1:6 packs

And green wave refractors fall 1:134 packs.

Other refractors you can find throughout the chrome line include,
Sepia,Pink,Negative, Purple /299, Blue /150, Green /99, Blue Wave /75,Gold /50, Gold Wave /50 ,Orange /25, Orange Wave /25, Red /5, Red Wave /5, SuperFractor 1/1, and Printing Plates 1/1.

Now onto the shiny inserts. Most if not all have the following parallels, Green /99, Gold /50, Orange /25, Red /5, and SuperFractor 1/1.
 There are 20 cards to collect in the Future Stars insert line. They fall 1:8 packs

1984 Topps brings 25 cards to collect that fall 1:6 packs

 Freshman Flash fall 1:12 packs and have 15 cards to collect

Greatness Returns pairs up a popular player of the past with one of the present. I pulled one featuring my favorite two Yankees all time on it. These fall 1:24 packs. I kind of wished there was a Griffey one on the checklist. Get on it for next year Topps!

Now onto my autograph pulls. I never have any luck with these and it continues. I must also remind you that I don't bust Chrome for the hits, I bust it for the inserts/base/refractors.

 Thomas Pannone...who?

Steven Duggar? Didn't he have a lot of kids on a popular TV series? Oh wait. Wrong guy This is a refractor /499 that falls 1:!24 packs.

Other hits not found in my box include,
  • Dual Rookie Autographs
  • 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs
  • 1999 Topps Chrome Baseball Autographs
  • Freshman Flash Autographs Set
  • Future Stars Autographs
  • Debut Gear Relics
  • Debut Gear Relic Autographs
OVERALL THOUGHTS: Well, if you are a big hit thrill seeker, this product probably isn't for you. If you like shiny stuff and a good ole fun time, then Chrome is for you. There are some pretty solid hits to find in a break if you are a hit seeker but don't expect it in every box break.

Once again, the fun came with another break of Chrome. I didn't hit it big, but as I have mentioned on here many times, it's not about the big hits for me. It's about the memories.

So if you want in on a box break of this product without paying box prices, I suggest Midwest Box Breaks as they pull fire!

Please make sure to take a minute out to thank Topps for providing this box for me to review and to be able to add cards to the giveaway on Twitter I am hosting. Please follow me there to enter @SportCardCollec. Also follow Topps on all social media sites and visit their SITE, as well


  1. Tough autos. At least one was a Refractor, but seeing these make it tough too swallow the cost of a box. I was at the LCS on Saturday and they had packs for $8, but for just 4 cards, I couldn't do it.

  2. The color refractors look awesome this year.

  3. I was just down in LA for a few days and stumbled across a Target with a bunch of these blasters. I grabbed two and some value packs. Looking forward to seeing if I pull a Tatis rookie.

  4. The color refractors look good, but the rest of the inserts are awful. Especially at $100 for a box.

  5. Sorry about those autos!