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2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards

2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards

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2012 Topps Chrome Football isn't about changing the game. It's about offering what the brand is famous for, tweaking it along the way. Refractors, rookie autographs and classic Topps designs all aim to shine (literally and figuratively).

Every hobby box has an autograph, 24 rookie cards, several inserts and a handful of Refractors.

2012 Topps Chrome Football Set Details

The 2012 Topps Chrome base set has 220 cards split evenly between veterans and first-year players. Rookie cards fall one per pack. Although slightly short-printed, individual cards aren't terribly difficult to track down. For those looking for a bigger challenge, 25 rookies have rare variations.

Refractors have been a cornerstone of Topps Chrome since it debuted. 2012 Topps Chrome Football introduces a trio of new Refractor versions: Military-Bordered (#/499), pink Breast Cancer Awareness (#/399) and hobby-exclusive Prism (1:24 packs). Besides regular Refractors, other returning versions include Black (#/299), Blue (#/199), Sepia-Tone (#/99), Gold (#/50), Red (#/25) and Superfractors (1/1). Base cards also have Printing Plates. Sepia, Superfractors and Printing Plates are all inserted only in hobby boxes.

Rookie Autographs include signatures from 45 different players. Some have on-card signatures while others use stickers. Like the base cards, Rookie Autographs have several Refractor parallels, all of which are numbered: Refractors (#/150), Camo (#/99), BCA (#/75), Prism (#/50), Black (#/25), Gold (#/10), Red (#/5) and Superfractors (1/1). Only in hobby packs, Rookie Variation Autographs also appear. A total of 25 rookies also have variation short prints as well.

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Those looking for a little more variety can find them with several additional rookie autograph inserts. More than three dozen first-year stars have Rookies Autographs Patches, which are numbered to 50. Multi-signature cards come courtesy of Dual Rookie Autographs (five cards, #/30) and Triple Rookie Autographs (one card, #/15).

Die-cuts are a returning trend in the hobby. 2012 Topps Chrome Football doesn't ignore them. Red Zone Rookie Die Cut cards use Refractor borders to give 35 members of the 2012 rookie class added pop. These new inserts are inserted one per box. Parallels include Blue Refractors (#/50), Gold Refractors (#/25), Superfractors (1/1) and Refractor Autographs (1/1).

Three throwback Topps designs give today's emerging players a decidedly retro feel in 2012 Topps Chrome Football. Thirty rookies are featured on three different insert sets inspired by 1957 Topps Football (1:12 packs), 1965 Topps Football (1:12 packs) and 1984 Topps Football (1:6 packs). All three sets have Refractors parallels numbered to 99. 1957 Topps also has hobby-exclusive on-card Refractor Autographs and Refractor Autograph Patch cards (#/10). Additional 1965 Topps parallels include Red Refractors (#/75) and Prism Refractors (#/50). 1984 Topps also has a pair of additional Refractors: Gold (#/75) and Prism Die-Cut (#/50). Both 1965 Topps and 1984 Topps have autographed Refractors that are numbered to 15.

Carrying over from 2012 Topps Football, Quarterback Rookie Reprints (1:24) give rookie cards of some of the NFL's all-time greats the Chrome shine. Refractors (#/99) and rare, hobby-exclusive Autographed Refractors are also available.

Topps has created a set of 110 Blue Wave Refractors available only to those who pull an autograph redemption card. They are like a bonus because Topps had to insert more redemptions than they'd hoped. Every autograph redemption also nets collectors a four-card pack. These packs are also the only place to find Alfred Morris autographs in the product.

Hobby Configuration: 24 packs per box, 4 cards per pack

2012 Topps Chrome Football Hobby Box Break

  • 1 Autograph
  • 1 Prism Refractor
  • 10 Inserts
  • 96 Total Cards


Set Checklist

2012 Topps Chrome Football Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

220 cards. 110 Veterans and 110 Rookie Cards (1 per pack).
REFRACTOR PARALLELS: Refractor X-Fractor, Orange (Retail), Camo #/499, Purple #/499, Pink BCA #/399, Prism - 1 Per Box (Hobby), Black #/299, Blue #/199, Sepia #/99 (Hobby), Gold #/50, Red #/25, SuperFractor 1/1 (Hobby), Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby)

1 Andrew Luck RC
2 Michael Egnew RC
3 Devon Still RC
4 Riley Reiff RC
5 Robert Mathis
6 Percy Harvin
7 Jay Cutler
8 Brian Orakpo
9 Doug Baldwin
10 Derek Wolfe RC
11 Jared Crick RC
12 Rob Gronkowski
13 Justin Blackmon RC
14 Miles Austin
15 Alfonzo Dennard RC
16 Keshawn Martin RC
17 Dwayne Allen RC
18 Frank Gore
19 Marques Colston
20 Cam Newton
21 DeMarco Murray
22 Von Miller
23 Trent Richardson RC
24 Vernon Davis
25 Roddy White
26 Stephon Gilmore RC
27 Kellen Moore RC
28 Dre Kirkpatrick RC
29 Mark Barron RC
30 Philip Rivers
31 Ndamukong Suh
32 Randy Moss
33 Darrelle Revis
34 Matt Schaub
35 Dez Bryant
36 Brandon Boykin RC
37 Dwayne Bowe
38 Lamar Miller RC
39 Maurice Jones-Drew
40 Russell Wilson RC
41 Greg Childs RC
42 Jake Bequette RC
43 Travis Benjamin RC
44 Chris Johnson
45 Luke Kuechly RC
46 Matt Hasselbeck
47 T.J. Graham RC
48 Jonathan Martin RC
49 Cyrus Gray RC
50 Aaron Rodgers
51 Ray Rice
52 Torrey Smith
53 Chris Rainey RC
54 Brandon Marshall
55 Blaine Gabbert
56 Chandler Harnish RC
57 Michael Brockers RC
58 Charles Woodson
59 Jeremy Maclin
60 Aaron Corp RC
61 Marvin McNutt RC
62 Alshon Jeffery RC
63 Tony Romo
64 Jermichael Finley
65 Brandon Taylor RC
66 Josh Cribbs
67 Casey Hayward RC
68 Robert Turbin RC
69 Matt Forté
70 Rueben Randle RC
71 Courtney Upshaw RC
72 Cordy Glenn RC
73 Jimmy Graham
74 Steve Johnson
75 Reggie Bush
76 Jason Pierre-Paul
77 Harrison Smith RC
78 LeSean McCoy
79 Brandon Weeden RC
80 Patrick Willis
81 Tommy Streeter RC
82 Fletcher Cox RC
83 Anquan Boldin
84 Mike Williams
85 A.J. Green
86 Daniel Thomas
87 Steven Jackson
88 Alex Smith
89 Orson Charles RC
90 Dwight Bentley RC
91 Matt Ryan
92 DeSean Jackson
93 Jerel Worthy RC
94 Dontari Poe RC
95 Sam Bradford
96 Peter Konz RC
97 Ahmad Bradshaw
98 Mohamed Sanu RC
99 Brian Quick RC
100 Drew Brees
101 Antonio Allen RC
102 Tamba Hali
103 Eli Manning
104 Andre Branch RC
105 Ryan Lindley RC
106 Antonio Brown
107 Darren McFadden
108 Matt Kalil RC
109 Ryan Tannehill RC
110 Jon Baldwin
111 Whitney Mercilus RC
112 Aaron Hernandez
113 Dan Herron RC
114 DeVier Posey RC
115 Calvin Johnson
116 Kendall Reyes RC
117 Ryan Mathews
118 Devon Wylie RC
119 Mark Sanchez
120 Michael Vick
121 Ray Lewis
122 Quinton Coples RC
123 Shea McClellin RC
124 Santonio Holmes
125 Troy Polamalu
126 Matthew Stafford
127 LeGarrette Blount
128 Janoris Jenkins RC
129 Wes Welker
130 Michael Turner
131 Vinny Curry RC
132 Marshawn Lynch
133 Joe Adams RC
134 DeMarcus Ware
135 Jake Locker
136 Darren Sproles
137 Tavon Wilson RC
138 David DeCastro RC
139 Ryan Fitzpatrick
140 Chandler Jones RC
141 Larry Fitzgerald
142 Chris Givens RC
143 Brandon Thompson RC
144 Clay Matthews
145 Josh Freeman
146 Kirk Cousins RC
147 Doug Martin RC
148 Melvin Ingram RC
149 Jordan White RC
150 Willis McGahee
151 Dwight Freeney
152 Zach Brown RC
153 Nick Foles RC
154 Jared Allen
155 Andre Johnson
156 A.J. Jenkins RC
157 Greg Jennings
158 Adrian Peterson
159 Cam Johnson RC
160 Hakeem Nicks
161 Peyton Manning
162 Carson Palmer
163 Markelle Martin RC
164 Andy Dalton
165 Joe Flacco
166 Michael Floyd RC
167 Fred Jackson
168 T.Y. Hilton RC
169 Vick Ballard RC
170 Mike Wallace
171 Mark Ingram
172 Eric LeGrand RC
173 Terrance Ganaway RC
174 Beanie Wells
175 Stephen Hill RC
176 Bruce Irvin RC
177 Kelechi Osemele RC
178 Terrell Suggs
179 Jordy Nelson
180 Tim Tebow
181 Mario Williams
182 Ben Roethlisberger
183 Christian Ponder
184 Tim Hightower
185 Nick Perry RC
186 Ryan Broyles RC
187 Morris Claiborne RC
188 Steve Smith
189 David Wilson RC
190 Reggie Wayne
191 LaMichael James RC
192 Ronnie Hillman RC
193 Nick Toon RC
194 Marvin Jones RC
195 Juron Criner RC
196 Billy Winn RC
197 Mike Adams RC
198 Lavonte David RC
199 Vincent Jackson
200 Robert Griffin III RC
201 Earl Thomas
202 Isaiah Pead RC
203 Jarius Wright RC
204 Rishard Matthews RC
205 George Iloka RC
206 Arian Foster
207 Kevin Zeitler RC
208 Antonio Gates
209 Coby Fleener RC
210 Brock Osweiler RC
211 Mychal Kendricks RC
212 Kendall Wright RC
213 Bernard Pierce RC
214 Gerell Robinson RC
215 D'Qwell Jackson
216 Victor Cruz
217 Julio Jones
218 Roy Helu
219 Dont'a Hightower RC
220 Tom Brady
2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards 1

Rookie Variations Set Checklist

1 Andrew Luck
13 Justin Blackmon
17 Dwayne Allen
23 Trent Richardson
40 Russell Wilson
62 Alshon Jeffery
70 Rueben Randle
79 Brandon Weeden
98 Mohamed Sanu
99 Brian Quick
109 Ryan Tannehill
147 Doug Martin
153 Nick Foles
156 A.J. Jenkins
166 Michael Floyd
175 Stephen Hill
186 Ryan Broyles
189 David Wilson
191 LaMichael James
200 Robert Griffin III
202 Isaiah Pead
209 Coby Fleener
210 Brock Osweiler
212 Kendall Wright
213 Bernard Pierce

Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 45 rookies from the base set

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/150, Military Refractor #/99, BCA Refractor #/75, Prism Refractor #/50 (Hobby), Black Refractor #/25, Gold Refractor #/10, Red Refractor #/5 (Hobby), Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby)

1 Andrew Luck
2 Michael Egnew
13 Justin Blackmon
17 Dwayne Allen
23 Trent Richardson
28 Dre Kirkpatrick
29 Mark Barron
38 Lamar Miller
40 Russell Wilson
41 Greg Childs
43 Travis Benjamin
45 Luke Kuechly
47 T.J. Graham
49 Cyrus Gray
53 Chris Rainey
62 Alshon Jeffery
68 Robert Turbin
70 Rueben Randle
79 Brandon Weeden
94 Dontari Poe
98 Mohamed Sanu
99 Brian Quick
108 Matt Kalil
109 Ryan Tannehill
114 DeVier Posey
133 Joe Adams
147 Doug Martin
153 Nick Foles
156 A.J. Jenkins
166 Michael Floyd
168 T.Y. Hilton
175 Stephen Hill
186 Ryan Broyles
189 David Wilson
191 LaMichael James
192 Ronnie Hillman
193 Nick Toon
195 Juron Criner
200 Robert Griffin III
202 Isaiah Pead
203 Jarius Wright
209 Coby Fleener
210 Brock Osweiler
212 Kendall Wright
213 Bernard Pierce
2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards 2

Rookie Autograph Variations Set Checklist

Featuring 25 players

1 Andrew Luck
13 Justin Blackmon
17 Dwayne Allen
23 Trent Richardson
40 Russell Wilson
62 Alshon Jeffery
70 Rueben Randle
79 Brandon Weeden
98 Mohamed Sanu
99 Brian Quick
109 Ryan Tannehill
147 Doug Martin
153 Nick Foles
156 A.J. Jenkins
166 Michael Floyd
175 Stephen Hill
186 Ryan Broyles
189 David Wilson
191 LaMichael James
200 Robert Griffin III
202 Isaiah Pead
209 Coby Fleener
210 Brock Osweiler
212 Kendall Wright
213 Bernard Pierce

Rookie Autographs Patches Set Checklist

Featuring 36 players; Serial Numbered #/50 (Hobby)

RAP-AJ Alshon Jeffery
RAP-AJE A.J. Jenkins
RAP-AL Andrew Luck
RAP-BO Brock Osweiler
RAP-BP Bernard Pierce
RAP-BQ Brian Quick
RAP-BW Brandon Weeden
RAP-CF Coby Fleener
RAP-DA Dwayne Allen
RAP-DM Doug Martin
RAP-DP DeVier Posey
RAP-GC Greg Childs
RAP-IP Isaiah Pead
RAP-JA Joe Adams
RAP-JB Justin Blackmon
RAP-JC Juron Criner
RAP-JW Jarius Wright
RAP-KW Kendall Wright
RAP-LJ LaMichael James
RAP-LM Lamar Miller
RAP-ME Michael Egnew
RAP-MF Michael Floyd
RAP-MS Mohamed Sanu
RAP-NF Nick Foles
RAP-NT Nick Toon
RAP-RB Ryan Broyles
RAP-RG Robert Griffin III
RAP-RH Ronnie Hillman
RAP-RR Rueben Randle
RAP-RT Robert Turbin
RAP-RW Russell Wilson
RAP-SH Stephen Hill
RAP-TG T.J. Graham
RAP-TH Ryan Tannehill
RAP-THI T.Y. Hilton
RAP-TR Trent Richardson

Dual Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 5 cards; Serial Numbered #/30

DRA-GW Kendall Wright
Robert Griffin III
DRA-LF Coby Fleener
Andrew Luck
DRA-LG Robert Griffin III
Andrew Luck
DRA-RW Brandon Weeden
Trent Richardson
DRA-WB Justin Blackmon
Brandon Weeden

Triple Rookie Autographs Set Checklist

Featuring 1 card; Serial Numbered #/15

TRA-LGT Ryan Tannehill
Robert Griffin III
Andrew Luck

1957 Topps Football Set Checklist

Featuring 30 cards; 1:12 Packs

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/99, Refractor Autograph (limited), Refractor Autograph Patch #/10

1 Andrew Luck
2 Andrew Luck
3 Robert Griffin III
4 Robert Griffin III
5 Trent Richardson
6 Trent Richardson
7 Ryan Tannehill
8 Ryan Tannehill
9 Justin Blackmon
10 Justin Blackmon
11 Rueben Randle
12 Rueben Randle
13 Michael Floyd
14 Michael Floyd
15 Kendall Wright
16 Kendall Wright
17 Brandon Weeden
18 Brandon Weeden
19 Coby Fleener
20 Coby Fleener
21 David Wilson
22 David Wilson
23 Lamar Miller
24 Lamar Miller
25 Doug Martin
26 Doug Martin
27 Brock Osweiler
28 Brock Osweiler
29 Stephen Hill
30 Stephen Hill
2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards 3

1965 Topps Football Set Checklist

Featuring 35 cards; 1:12 Packs

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/99, Red-Bordered Refractor #/75, Prism Refractor #/50, Autograph #/15

1 Andrew Luck
2 Ryan Tannehill
3 Nick Foles
4 Michael Floyd
5 Kendall Wright
6 Brandon Weeden
7 Michael Egnew
8 David Wilson
9 Lamar Miller
10 Robert Griffin III
11 Brock Osweiler
12 Russell Wilson
13 A.J. Jenkins
14 Chris Givens
15 Mohamed Sanu
16 Rueben Randle
17 Nick Toon
18 Isaiah Pead
19 Doug Martin
20 Trent Richardson
21 LaMichael James
22 Brian Quick
23 Robert Turbin
24 DeVier Posey
25 Bernard Pierce
26 T.Y. Hilton
27 Coby Fleener
28 Jarius Wright
29 Dwayne Allen
30 Justin Blackmon
31 Stephen Hill
32 Ryan Broyles
33 Joe Adams
34 Ronnie Hillman
35 T.J. Graham
2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards 4

1984 Topps Football Set Checklist

Featuring 35 cards; 1:6 Packs

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractor #/99, Gold-Bordered Refractor #/75, Prism Refractor Die-Cut #/50, Autographs #/15

1 Andrew Luck
2 Kendall Wright
3 Michael Floyd
4 Nick Foles
5 Brandon Weeden
6 Lamar Miller
7 David Wilson
8 Dwayne Allen
9 Brock Osweiler
10 Robert Griffin III
11 Nick Toon
12 Rueben Randle
13 Mohamed Sanu
14 Russell Wilson
15 DeVier Posey
16 A.J. Jenkins
17 Isaiah Pead
18 T.Y. Hilton
19 Brian Quick
20 Trent Richardson
21 LaMichael James
22 Doug Martin
23 Bernard Pierce
24 Robert Turbin
25 Ryan Tannehill
26 Coby Fleener
27 Chris Givens
28 Stephen Hill
29 T.J. Graham
30 Justin Blackmon
31 Ryan Broyles
32 Joe Adams
33 Ronnie Hillman
34 Michael Egnew
35 Jarius Wright
2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards 5

Quarterback Rookie Reprints Set Checklist

Featuring 21 cards; 1:24 Packs

PARALLEL CARDS: Refractors #/99, Autograph (Hobby)

Aaron Rodgers 2005 Topps #431
Bart Starr 1957 Topps #119
Bob Griese 1968 Topps #196
Dan Fouts 1975 Topps #367
Dan Marino 1984 Topps #123
Drew Brees 2001 Topps #328
Fran Tarkenton 1962 Topps #90
Jim Kelly 1987 Topps #362
Jim Plunkett 1972 Topps #65
Joe Montana 1981 Topps #216
Joe Namath 1965 Topps #122
John Elway 1984 Topps #63
Ken Stabler 1973 Topps #487
Matthew Stafford 2009 Topps #430
Michael Vick 2001 Topps #311
Phil Simms 1980 Topps #225
Roger Staubach 1972 Topps #200
Sonny Jurgensen 1958 Topps #90
Steve Young 1986 Topps #374
Terry Bradshaw 1971 Topps #156
Warren Moon 1985 Topps #251

Red Zone Rookie Die Cuts Set Checklist

1:24 Packs

PARALLEL CARDS: Blue Refractor #/50, Gold Refractor #/25, Super-Fractor 1/1 (Hobby), Autograph 1/1 (Hobby)

RZDC-1 Andrew Luck
RZDC-2 Kendall Wright
RZDC-3 Michael Floyd
RZDC-4 Nick Foles
RZDC-5 Brandon Weeden
RZDC-6 Lamar Miller
RZDC-7 David Wilson
RZDC-8 Dwayne Allen
RZDC-9 Brock Osweiler
RZDC-10 Robert Griffin III
RZDC-11 Nick Toon
RZDC-12 Rueben Randle
RZDC-13 Mohamed Sanu
RZDC-14 Russell Wilson
RZDC-15 DeVier Posey
RZDC-16 A.J. Jenkins
RZDC-17 Isaiah Pead
RZDC-18 T.Y. Hilton
RZDC-19 Brian Quick
RZDC-20 Trent Richardson
RZDC-21 LaMichael James
RZDC-22 Doug Martin
RZDC-23 Bernard Pierce
RZDC-24 Robert Turbin
RZDC-25 Ryan Tannehill
RZDC-26 Coby Fleener
RZDC-27 Chris Givens
RZDC-28 Stephen Hill
RZDC-29 T.J. Graham
RZDC-30 Justin Blackmon
RZDC-31 Ryan Broyles
RZDC-32 Joe Adams
RZDC-33 Ronnie Hillman
RZDC-34 Michael Egnew
RZDC-35 Jarius Wright
2012 Topps Chrome Football Cards 6

Rookie Relics

RR1 Andrew Luck
RR2 Chris Givens
RR3 Brock Osweiler
RR4 Brandon Weeden
RR5 Nick Foles
RR6 Isaiah Pead
RR8 Lamar Miller
RR9 Doug Martin
RR10 Trent Richardson
RR11 LaMichael James
RR12 Bernard Pierce
RR13 Ronnie Hillman
RR14 Nick Toon
RR15 Michael Floyd
RR16 Michael Egnew
RR17 Jarius Wright
RR18 Mohamed Sanu
RR19 Rueben Randle
RR20 Justin Blackmon
RR21 Stephen Hill
RR22 Brian Quick
RR23 Joe Adams
RR24 Dwayne Allen
RR25 Coby Fleener
RR26 Russell Wilson
RR27 Robert Turbin
RR28 A.J. Jenkins
RR29 DeVier Posey
RR30 Ryan Tannehill
RR31 Ryan Broyles
RR32 T.J. Graham
RR33 Kendall Wright
RR34 Alshon Jeffery
RR35 T.Y. Hilton
RR37 Greg Childs
RR39 Juron Criner
RR40 Robert Griffin III


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Product Review

2012 Topps Chrome Football Product Review

Reviewed by Christopher Wering

Good: 2012 Topps Chrome returns doing what it does best. Just like past years, the set is heavy with Refractors and rookies. Included in the mix are three new Refractor versions: Military-Bordered (#/499), pink Breast Cancer Awareness (#/399) and hobby-exclusive Prism. The rookie autograph checklist is deep and variations of 25 players can be found. The Rookie Autograph Patches, Dual Rookie Autographs and Triple Rookie Autographs are all low-numbered and make for nice high-end hits.

Bad: Not all rookies appear in their NFL uniforms. Many photos were taken at the NFL Scouting Combine and some players are shown in their 00 uniform. Some cards seem to have a dark feel to them. The borders are silver and the dark colors on many of the cards blend right in. The photographs aren't bad, but this seems to be an issue with a few of the cards. As with past Chrome releases, the cards are prone to scratches and other surface damage.

The Bottom Line: This set has the potential for some rather large hits. You would probably be better off purchasing a case since only one autograph is found in each hobby box. The draw to Topps Chrome is the Refractors. They remain very popular and Topps was smart to expand the Refractor types this year.

Staff Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.0/5.0

The card design is similar to recent Topps Chrome products, with a shiny and clean look. This isn't completely a bad thing, as many collectors prefer this style. As far as the photos go, I'm not a fan of the combined pictures or the 00 uniforms. I realize there are time restrictions for photographs, but I would like to see Topps handle this differently in the future. As I stated earlier, some of the colors appear to darken the overall feel of the cards and they are prone to scratches and other surface damage.

If you are a fan of retro cards, you will likely enjoy the older-style inserts. New faces on designs from 1957, 1965 and 1984 really stand out, especially with the shimmering look of Chrome. Pulling some of these cards made me reminisce about tearing open packs when I was a kid and hoping to pull a Marino or Elway RC.

The new Refractor designs will appeal to many. I'm not a fan of the Military-Bordered Refractors or Breast Cancer Awareness Refractors. The ideas do not seem to blend well with the designs.

Die-cut cards are becoming more popular with Topps. They are fairly sharp, though they resemble the die-cut cards found in other Topps products. Despite being colorful and attractive, I wish Topps would do something to distinguish them from those found in other products.

For such a popular product, it would be nice if there were more on-card autographs. The design and photography issues could also be addressed. With a few tweaks, Topps Chrome could be a really solid product.

Checklist: 4.0/5.0

2012 Topps Chrome Football offers a base set of 220 cards, with the first half being veterans and the second half being rookies. Twenty-five rookies have rare variations. Throw in the numerous Refractors and autograph types and you have a nice mix of cards.

The on-card signatures definitely stand out compared to those that use stickers. In the future, it would be nice if there was an even greater push to go all hard-signed.

Value: 3.0/5.0

Given the price that boxes have jumped to on the secondary market, I wouldn't be a buyer. This set is for those who enjoy chasing Refractors and variations. Pulling only one autograph is a letdown for me. It's possible to pull a significant rookie autograph, but they are tough. Collectors can expect to get their money back from the Refractors alone, but you will be disappointed if your autograph is common. It may be safer to purchase singles than to spend the money on a box.

The Fun Factor: 3.0/5.0

The Refractors definitely stand out, but pulling one autograph per hobby box is a downer. Unless you are a Refractor collector, you may be disappointed with this product. Topps Chrome will still be able to appeal to its followers who have supported them for years, but some newer collectors or autograph seekers might not get as excited.

I would much rather see Topps limit the number of Refractors and insert additional autographs. The parallels pop up frequently, so a slight reduction would make opening packs much more fun for me.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Reviews


Think the Purple parallel #/499 is missing in the list of parallels. FYI.

cards had numerous defects and the price was ridiculous .250 dollars for a bunch of crap. If topps does nothing for me I will never buy a product from them again,this was not the first time I got screwed.IM a customer that needs quality and if Icant get that from topps Iwill find it elswhere.


In my first box I got for 20$ I got a 23$ Andrew luck refractor. In my second box I got a rg3 1984 card, awesome! I also love the 1957 and the 1965 cards. Defiantly 5 stars!


Fun, inexpensive, exceptional quality, great secondary market, beautiful design, great card stock, shocking parallels, and variety, variety, and did I mention variety! One of the premier products out this year! I’ve actually looked for chrome cards of a few years past just to see the change in design. I’ll be looking forward for Topps Chrome 2013!

Raymond Boomer
Raymond Boomer

Started collecting fb cards about three months ago , Topps Chrome is one beautiful card theres so many different refractors in this set .You don’t get disappointed ..


Chrome has been a real hit for me… especially on the retail side. It would be nice if there were more autos but on the same side I think it is good to keep them toned back so that they are more rare/valuable unlike jersey cards now days that are a dime a dozen. When jersey cards first came out in the late 90s it didn’t matter whose jersey it was, if you got one it was pretty valuable. Now with the need of the Hobby to have more and more jersey cards many that you get are worth next to nothing. That is super disappointing when you actually do get one. Point being… Keep the autos tough to get… Makes it more fun and more valuable!!!


I’ve always been a fan of Topps Chrome with its shiny, simple design. I bought my 1st box of hobby and I got a dual auto of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, my favorite player! I know this is not typical, but what a 1st box!! If you’re a fan of refractors, like i am, then this is the product for you.


Ryan, thanks


Just opened my first box of 2012 Topps Chrome Football and no AUTO! Can I complain to Topps? I thought an auto in every box is guaranteed. Any insight would help. Thanks

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Ivan Every wrapper should have a support number. You can also contact them on Twitter with @ToppsSupport


I have a robert griffin topps chrome pink card
#200-157/399! Beautiful! I have a obama and romey card also.

Jeff Schwind
Jeff Schwind

I Love Topps Chrome 2012. Another reminder why I prefer Topps over Panini. I can’t get enough of this product. I must point out that I’ve had almost better luck with blasters as opposed to the hobby box I purchased, either way hands down AMAZING!




Bought a pack today, I think I pulled a Demarcus Ware Prism Refrac, but not sure if it is. It says refractor on the back but the front kind of looks like those “sparkle” cards from baseball. I hope I dont sound dumb but can anyone confirm if I am correct? Thanks!!!

Ryan Cracknell
Ryan Cracknell

Gunnar Sounds like a Prism.


The bounty that blaster boxes of Topps Chrome Football yields is worth of the $20 purchase. I haven’t been disappointed yet… and the rookie relic card that comes with each blaster, out of 3 tries I’ve gotten two numbered relics.

In one blaster box I got both an RGIII refractor and an RGIII alternate version of card #200.

Such nice cards.

Raymond Boomer
Raymond Boomer

Just started collecting football cards , it’s always been baseball but once I opened this topps chrome football , I’m hooked. Thanks

Jacob H
Jacob H

It’s a fun product to open. Nice looking and great overall presentation. One hit per box? That’s why I stuck with rack packs and group breaks (2 DeVier Posey pink border autos). Not a product I would buy a box for myself, though.

Simply one of the best products I’ve ever opened. Topps Chrome makes busting packs fun again. The multi-colored refractors are a thrill, while the base set is beautiful. Bust a few packs and you’ll get x-fractors, black refractors, red refractors, everything! It’s decently affordable as well. Absolutely no complaints. Well done, Topps.

Eric Holllington
Eric Holllington

Topps always seems to hit a Home Run with Chrome, they take what you love and make it better. The new style/color refractors add something new and the camo refractors are very neat. Nice mix of inserts and rookies. Only thing is if making a set would take alot of boxes to make with all parallels and inserts

Jonathan Hoffman
Jonathan Hoffman

Really liked this FB set this year. I primarily collect BB, but really like this FB set. This has to be my favorite FB set of the year.

I did a couple breaks of this product just to get some of these cards. I love the parallels and the autos. Even the base cards in this set are very well done and collectable.

If Topps can keep making the Chrome FB like this year after year this will be my FB set of choice going forward!

Scott Frost
Scott Frost

After a 20 year layoff I just started collecting cards and Topps Chrome Football is my first set I have ever indulged in! Let me tell you what incredible cards. Between the graphics, shots, and autographs, i’m in love. These cards are shiny with different unique borders and patches galore. I have a feeling an addiction is about to take place!

Tom Wohosky
Tom Wohosky

The reason I give this product a 4 is due to the number of cards I have pulled and I have found scratched straight from the pack. I wonder if there is a way to better protect the cards during packaging

Marc Reinoehl
Marc Reinoehl

Easily 5 stars!! Simply the chrome look is so awesome but then you add refractors, autographs, dual cards, and it goes on. I love football, and I love collecting cards. And if your gonna spend your hard earned money, you might as well get the best quality that is available. Topps Chrome is the cream of the crop

Jami Allen
Jami Allen

I love everything about this product. I decided several years ago that I was only going to collect baseball cards because there are so many different kinds of cards and it is impossible to collect them all. After seeing this product, I was hooked. i will be collecting the topps chrome for years to come!


Best product on the market. Really the only one I wait for each year and so far I’ve pick up 2 hobby boxes and 5 retail.

My critique: The product is great and I could go on about its merits, so I’ll try to be constructively critical. The retail boxes are fantastic…..so fantastic that, with the exception of autographs, I’ve had as good of pulls from the retail as the hobby boxes. In fact, with the exception of the sepias, I’ve actually had better luck pulling parallels from the retail.

Also, I would like to see either a second auto to separate the hobby boxes from their fantastic retail countreparts. Either that or at least make every rookie auto a parallel. Nothing crummier than paying the $30+ difference for a hobby box and pulling a 3rd round DT on a regular card.

Billy Whitaker
Billy Whitaker

I love this product, hobby or retail i have yet to be disappointed. I would like to see the inclusion of a 2nd autograph in hobby boxes but the extreme number parallels make up for the lack of a second auto.

Glenn Sacci
Glenn Sacci

Beautiful design, great job,nlove the reprint!


Love this product. Great Rookies and Auto’s. Pulled a 1957 Reprint Relic Auto of Kendall Wright!!

richard procter
richard procter

this years topps chrome are best looking cards i have seen in awile great graphics. and great selction of rookies.


Tons of value in this product thanks to all the refractors. While Topps said they did their best to get most of their signatures on-card, it seems that there are still too many sticker autographs. Since Topps is giving away blue wave refractors with redemptions it is now cool to get a redemption card and you’re no longer disappointed. The idea to fuse old school card designs with modern chrome technology is genius. All the cards in this set look great. Definitely one of the best football products of the year.


this product was really nice. loved the color per box ratio and the autos, while theres always lower end guys in most boxes, the color autos and big hit potential is still there. the camo cards in this product looks so much better than the flagship topps fb that had camos as well. the redemptions are a hassle, but whats new, but i do appreciate the extra blue wave pack they will be giving with the redemption.

Morgan Spain
Morgan Spain

I have yet to be disappointed in this product. Since my 1st pack my eyes loved it, the smooth feel and the beautiful autographs. With the use of throwback style it brings me back to my youth when i collected! Oh to be young again, and chrome does that for me.

Jim Gater
Jim Gater

The cards are beautiful. It is a lot of fun getting the different color refractors as well. I am disappointed with the one autograph per box. I bought two boxes and BOTH of my autographs were of Travis Benjamin. This is ridiculous and really upsetting. Maybe it is just dumb luck or maybe the cards aren’t mixed up well enough. Either way, it really stinks when you throw down good money to get jobbed like that. I will admit, those throwback cards are awesome looking!

Matt Kendrick
Matt Kendrick

Excellent product. Only thing that would make this product incredible would be to add an extra autograph. 1 per box just insn’t good enough.

Matt Gilman
Matt Gilman

Being a Chromie since the inaugural of ’96 what is there not to love about a simple product like Topps Chrome??!! 2012 is its best effort so far adding even more refractors to chase!


Topps Chrome Football is always a product which people wait for every year. This year’s edition has had much anticipation with such a stacked rookie class with the likes of Doug Martin, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and more!

This is a mid end product that includes 1 auto per box. Don’t be disappointed by 1 auto though, because these boxes can sometimes unload a plethora of colored parallels.

At an MSRP of $80-$100, I suggest you grab as much as you can now. It’s almost a guarantee that these prices will go up in the coming months.

Also, if you’re budget can’t handle a hobby box, then don’t worry. I bought a rack pack at a Walmart recently and not only did it come with 3 guaranteed orange refractors, but it also wielded a purple refractor /499, a black refractor /299 and a die-cut refractor.


Kenny Bergman
Kenny Bergman

I really loved opening my first pack today of Chrome. I got few RCs and one diecut. I also got one that said certified auto but no auto…Still love the look of the cards!!!


Really enjoy the Chrome products especially football. I would like to see more non-rookies involved in signings and relics. In line with relics would be some connected to specific games.

Jason Gustafson
Jason Gustafson

i just love the look of these cards.. they are very shiney and top notch in my opinion…@MMAELITE_Jason

Edward Pardon
Edward Pardon

I just recently started collecting again and I have been blown away by the product thus far.

Overall Topps Chrome 2012 has been a wonderful set to help restart my collection. The xards themselves look amazing and there are tons of parallels to chase after. I especially like the 1984 and 1957 throwbacks.


I got a card (1965) which states that all autographs are signed under a Topps authority witness, but there is no autograph on it. I rate it a 5 for it still is a nice product, at least to me.

Todd Kobs
Todd Kobs

I lower this product only because of the quality of it .The last few years the retail product has had numerous scratches on the surface of the cards like they aren’t careful how they print them…

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