Tuesday, November 12, 2013

2013 Topps Chrome Baseball Cards Box Break Recap and Review

Topps Chrome Baseball returns for 2013 with a familiar configuration, subscribing to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” theory.  As usual Chrome provides rainbow collectors plenty to chase with refractors of different colors and some of the best looking die cuts to come along this year.

Topps Chrome Baseball falls under our trading card category.  Each box contains 24 - 4 cards per packs with a promise of 2 autographs per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
Yasiel Puig, front and back
Evan Longoria, Miguel Cabrera
Matt Harvey, David Ortiz, Anthony Rizzo

Base Set Refractor Parallels
 Carlos Martinez, Mark Trumbo
Mike Zunino, Hunter Pence, Afredo Marte 
 Chase Headley, Jose Bautista, Alex Colome
Albert Pujols. Josh Reddick
 Allen Webster, Aaron Hicks
Color Refractors
Mike Napoli Blue #/199, Adrian Gonzalez Black #/100


1972 Topps Baseball
Giancarlo Stanton, Joe Mauer

Dynamic Die Cuts
Salvador Perez

Chrome Connection Die Cuts
Jason Heyward, Josh Hamilton

The Hits - Autographs
 Alfredo Marte Auto, Allen Webster Refractor Auto #/499

Overall Look
Other than the shiny and refractors of all kinds, these cards are based on the flagship release of Topps Baseball, so from a design level, it works well. The styling of the diecuts is phenomenal.  The “chrome curl” is not as prominent this year.

Quality and Variety of Players.
There is a great mix of the veterans and rookies including some rookies who got the call up to the show late in the season.

Do the hits hold up?
Chrome on-card autos are a winner every year.  The top refractors, like the superfractors are always in high demand.

Will you want to collect them all?
Whether you are looking for a complete base set, different color refractors to put together a rainbow or individual players for your PC, there is enough to collect here. It is also compelling enough to want them all.  This is definitely a multi-box purchase.

4 1/2 out of 5

2013 Topps Chrome Baseball works again for a wide variety of collectors.

Review box provided by Topps

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