Good: Awesome Rookie Checklist, Awesome Rookie Auto Checklist, Solid Price Point, 2-Hits Per Box, USA Autograph Case Hits, Solid Card Design, Refractors
Bad:Centering can get pretty bad, Rookie Autographs aren't part of the base set, Heritage & T206 Chrome Inserts are boring & uninventive, released far too late in season, no Buster Posey
The Bottom Line:
An amazing Rookie Class and slightly improved card design combine to make 2010 Topps Chrome a substantial upgrade over last seasons. J-Hey, Strasburg, Stanton, Starlin, and other hobby heavy hitters are well represented in the latest rendition of Chrome. Overall, 2010 Topps Chrome is an excellent product that delivers 2 Autographs and a handful of refractors and numbered inserts per $60-$80 box. If baseball is your bag, I highly recommend giving 2010 Topps Chrome a try.
This year's base Topps card design translates extremely well to Chrome. The usual centering and surface issues return, but that's the price we pay for the best card stock in the business, Topps' Chrome technology. The refractors look solid as always, although the retail Purple Refractors are an eye sore. At first I didn't like the way X-fractors looked, but they grow on you.
This year's checklist is juiced, think Topps Chrome on HGH. The HGH is the 2010 MLB Rookie Class which includes hobby heavy hitters like Heyward, Strasburg, Stanton, Castro, and a litany of the season's most intriguing rookies. The only disappointment is the noticeable absence of Top 5 Hobby Rookie Buster Posey! With Posey in tow, the Checklist would be as close to a 5 as Chrome has ever been.
The low box price of $50-$80 and awesome rookie checklist make for one of the seasons best bang for your buck baseball products. As usual, the "Refractor Factor" adds even more value and intrigue to each box of Chrome. 2010 Topps Chrome is a low risk, high reward product if there ever was one.
By far the most fun I've ever had opening a box of Topps Chrome Baseball, albeit it has more to do with the stacked 2010 Rookie class than a drastic upgrade to the product, but that matter not, as Chrome is the type of product that knows what it is and doesn't try to out think itself, which is fine with me.