2011 Topps Chrome Baseball
2011 Topps Chrome Baseball Product Review
Reviewed By Jeremy Brannon
Good: Improved quality control, a strong selection of rookie autographs, USA autographs are considered a bonus hit, inserts and new Refractor colors are refreshing.
Bad: Eric Hosmer's autograph is a redemption, only two autographs per box, takes multiple boxes to complete a base set.
The Bottom Line: Overall, 2011 Topps Chrome Baseball is an improvement from the 2010 version that was plagued by many quality control issues. They've been corrected here. The autograph checklist, which includes Eric Hosmer, Michael Pineda and Brandon Belt , is much deeper and feels less watered-down than in past years. You can expect to pay $60-80 per box and get one Refractor or insert per pack. This set is highly recommended.
Card Design: 4.0/5.0
This year's Topps base design looks even better in Chrome. The inclusion of the Black, Sepia and Atomic Refractors are particularly attractive and add more of a challenge for player collectors.
The checklist is a solid offering, featuring this year's top rookies. The autograph checklist has several Rookie of the Year candidates, including Freddie Freeman, Mark Trumbo, and Craig Kimbrel. The 1996 Topps Chrome and Heritage inserts compliment the base set nicely.
Topps Chrome is always a fun product to break. Pulling two autographs, several Refractors and a handful of inserts provides plenty of bang. Whether you're trying to build the set or add key rookies to your collection, this is a great product.
The Fun Factor: 5.0/5.0
By far one of my favorite sets each year, the photography, chrome technology and rookie autographs make for a fun set to put together. It will take a few boxes to complete a base set, but you're not left with the feeling of having worthless commons as extras. The inserts and Refractors add extra value and challenge.
2011 Topps Chrome Baseball Set Checklist Index
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Topps Chrome returns for another season and according to inside sources, the "bends" issue has been addressed! The latest installment is highlighted by USA Baseball Redemption Autographs, USA Baseball Team Set Redemptions, 60th Anniversary Autographs and a Rookie Autograph checklist featuring names like Belt, Freeman, Tsuyoshi and Pineda.
Release Date: 9/7/11
Box Configuration: 24-packs per box
Pack Price: $3-$4
Product Type: Low-Mid End Baseball Card
Geared Toward: Chromies, Collectors seeking autographed cards featuring the 2011 rookie class, Refractor fans, Set builders, Collectors who prefer not to spend over $100 on a box
What's In The Box:
- 2 Autographed Cards
- According to an "inside" source, this year's Topps Chrome will not suffer from a bad case of the "Bowman Bends". Last year they apparently used a different printing company for Topps and Bowman Chrome, which is why those two suffered from the bends unlike 2010 Bowman Baseball or 2010 Bowman Draft.
- 220 card base set - 170 veterans, 50 rookies
- Rookie Autograph Checklist will include: Freddie Freeman, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Brandon Belt, Michael Pineda, Zach Britton, Chris Sale, Kyle Drabek, Mike Minor and more! Every autograph will be of the on-card variety.
- 1/1 Canary Parallels will be present as they were in 2011 Topps Baseball, only these will be chromed out versions. Another new parallel inclusion will be Sepia Refractors /99.
- USA Baseball Autograph Redemptions featuring 2011 Collegiate National Team including new Diamond Die-Cut Refractor Versions in addition to your typical refractology.
- NEW USA Baseball Team Set Redemptions - Pull one, win the US National team set!
- 60th Anniversary Autographs
- Vintage 1996 Topps Chrome Insert Set
- Refractology - 1/1 Superfractors, 1/1 Canary Diamond Parallels (no auto versions), 1/4 Printing Plates (tis true), Red Refractors /25, Gold Refractors /50, Sepia Refractors, Blue Refractors /199 and Standard Refractors (standard refractor autographs /499, non-auto not numbered).
- Notable Insert Sets - 2011 Heritage Chrome (regular /1962, black bordered /100), Vintage Chrome
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