The base set is 200 cards. A hobby box contains 24 packs, with four cards to a pack. Topps is promising two autograph cards per hobby box. Refractors are seeded one in every three packs, with pulsars one in every six.
The box I opened had 76 base cards, two numbered parallel cards, eight refractors, four pulsar refractors, four inserts and two autos.
The autographs are on-card, and the two I pulled looked like they were signed with thin — or I guess, fine is a better word — Sharpies.
The first was Tigers rookie outfielder Steven Moya, while the second was a refractor of Cardinals rookie pitcher Samuel Tuivailala and was numbered to 499.
Gallery of Greats is the nicest looking insert in the set. There are 30 cards in the subset, and the player is framed in black. The photos really pop, and while black bordered cards have a tendency to chip easily, these cards hold up well. These cards fall one to a set.
Future Stars are exactly what the name implies — cards of youngsters projected to be impact players. There are 20 of these cards, with two per hobby box. I pulled Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo and Rockies second baseman Rafael Ynoa.
Chrome Commencements is another 20-card set that falls one in every 48 packs. This insert focuses on breakout players. I did not pull one of these cards in the hobby box I opened.
Topps Chrome is a nice set for the midsummer collector. The autographs are nice, and it’s a manageable product for a set builder interested in rookies and up-and-coming stars.