For those collectors who enjoy shiny cards, the 2017 Topps Chrome baseball set that will be released this summer will incorporate the same design as the flagship Series 1 and 2 sets within the framework of a 200-card base set. Chrome, which will be released the first week of August, will include top veterans and rookies.
Chrome will be released the week of Aug. 2. A hobby box will contain 24 packs, with four cards to a pack. There will be 12 boxes per case. Jumbo boxes will have 12 packs per box, with 13 cards per pack. The jumbo product will have eight boxes per case.
Base set parallels will be plentiful, with refractors, Prism refractors and Negative refractors. Refractors with color will include purple, blue, green, Blue wave, gold, a hobby-exclusive orange (numbered to 25), red (5) and 1/1 SuperFractor and printing plate.
Autographs and Inserts
Base rookie autographs return with on-card signatures. They will have the same parallels as the base set, including the 1/1 SuperFractor and printing plate cards. Sophomore Stat Lines Autographs will honor those second-year major-leaguers who have excelled. There will be parallel in orange, numbered to 25; and a 1/1 SuperFractor.
Inserts will provide some nostalgia and some looks to the future. Most conspicuously, the 1987 Topps Baseball parallel will feature modern stars framed against the wood-grain design of the ’87 Topps set, which, if not iconic, was certainly plentiful 30 years ago. Future Stars will take the 1987 design to tout up-and-coming young players.
Bowman Then & Now returns with a design that shows a current player coupled with his early Bowman cards. Freshman Flash utilizes a swirling, wispy-like enhancement to the player’s photo and features the top rookies for 2017. And MLB Award Winners will fall one per case and will feature award winners through the years.
All of these insert sets will have parallels, in orange (hobby-exclusive, numbered to 25), red (5) and 1/1 SuperFractors.
The 2017 Topps Chrome baseball set will definitely have a familiar look to those who put together the flagship set. There will be a hint of nostalgia for those collectors who began collecting cards during the late 1980s boom, too.