This year’s set will contain 200 cards and will include the big stars and top rookies of this season. There also will be some hard-to-find card front variations, too.
A hobby box will contain 24 packs per box, with four cards to a pack. Topps is promising two autographs per hobby box, and from the product I opened, both were on-card signatures.
The hobby box I sampled had four refractors plus one Blue Wave refractor of Trevor Rosenthal numbered to 75.
The autograph cards are nice and the two rookie signatures I saw were bold and in blue Sharpie. The first signature card was of Rays’ rookie pitcher Blake Snell, while the second one was of Pirates shortstop prospect Alen Hanson. This second autograph is beautifully penned, even if you cannot figure out what it says. Hanson’s full name is Alen Reny (Michel) Hanson, and it looks like he got most of those names in the autograph.
Borrowing from Topps’ flagship product, First Pitch is a 20-card insert set t that features famous non-baseball stars throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before games. This insert should fall one to a box; the card I pulled was of longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton. Perspective also contains 20 cards and is another carryover from the main Topps set; there were four of these cards in the hobby box I opened.
Topps adds some color in two other inserts — Youth Impact consists of 20 cards and heralds the early career success of 20 players. Future Stars, also a 20-card insert set, offers up a more stained glass kind of look on the card front. Like Youth Impact, this subset concentrates on up-and-coming young stars.
There is plenty to like about Topps Chrome, particularly if shiny cards are your weakness. The photography is nice and the cards stand up well in the design of Topps’ Series 1 and 2.