2018 Topps Chrome Baseball CardsBrand: Topps Chrome
For some collectors, everything looks better in chromium. 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball takes the existing flagship design and bumps it up another level with that familiar shine.
Fans can again pick between the main Hobby box that has two autographs, or the Jumbo Hobby box with five autographs. The same formats existed in 2017.
2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Base
Highlighting top players from 2018 Topps Series 1 and Series 2, the 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball checklist features both veterans and key rookies in the base set. Base Image Variations are in play, as well.
However, the real chase gets underway with the rainbow of parallels. The Refractor lineup includes Base, Prism and Negative cards, plus numbered Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Red (#/5), SuperFractor (1/1) and Printing Plate editions. There are also options exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo formats. These limited Refractors consist of Green Wave, Blue Wave, Gold Wave, Orange (#/25) and Red Wave (#/5). Retail adds exclusive Sepia (Value Boxes) and Pink Refractors (Value Packs).
2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Inserts
The 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball inserts honor past, present and future with several sets. There is the 1983 Topps Baseball insert in celebration of the 35th anniversary for the release. The subject list includes new options alongside some choices from the Series 1 set. Superstar Sensations is another design carried over from flagship. Meanwhile, Future Stars provides the visual pop for budding talent with a vivid design. Finally, there is also the exciting Freshman Flash for top young players.
Insert parallels include Green Refractor, Orange Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5) and SuperFractor (1/1). The one-of-one SuperFractor edition for Future Stars is exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo boxes, and Superstar Sensations does not have the Green Refractor.
2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Autographs / Medallions
Arguably the most popular aspect of any Topps Chrome release is the on-card autograph assortment, and 2018 Topps Chrome Baseball does not disappoint. The Rookie Autograph Refractor variety includes numbered Base, Purple, Blue, Blue Wave, Gold, Red (#/5) and Printing Plate cards in all formats, while Gold Wave, Orange (#/25), Red Wave (#/5) and SuperFractor (1/1) cards are exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo. The are also retail-only Green Refractors.
Other choices include signed versions of the inserts, such as 1983 Topps Baseball Autographs, Freshman Flash Autographs, Future Stars Autographs and Superstar Sensations Autographs. These each offer Orange Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5), SuperFractor (1/1) and Printing Plate (1/1) parallels.
In addition, the all-new Dual Rookie Autograph set adds low-numbered Red Refractor (#/5) and SuperFractor (1/1) parallels.
Also debuting in 2018 are the case-hit Rookie Debut cards with manufactured RC medallions. These are exclusive to Hobby and Jumbo formats. Refractor parallels include Green, Orange (#/25), Red (#/5), SuperFractor (1/1) and low-numbered Autograph versions.
Estimated Release Date: 08/01/2018
Hobby Configuration: 4 cards per pack, 24 packs per box, 12 boxes per case
Jumbo Configuration: 13 cards per pack, 12 packs per box, 8 boxes per case
2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break
- 2 Autographs
2018 Topps Chrome Baseball Jumbo Box Break
- 5 Autographs
- 12 Refractor Parallels
These are mock-up images and not final cards. Contents and designs are subject to change.