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2018 Topps Chrome Baseball to Offer Hobby, Jumbo Boxes

2017 was a huge year for new releases and by the time 2018 Topps Chrome baseball arrives, we should have a pretty good idea whether this year will have anything close to the same impact.  Chrome returns for another year, again utilizing the flagship baseball design but with the shiny card stock and parallels that come with it, more autographs and some different insert subsets.

A photo gallery is at the bottom of the page.  Here’s a look at what to expect.

2018 Topps Chrome Basics

The hobby box configuration will include the standard 24 packs per box with four cards per pack.  Each box will have two autographed cards inside.  Dealers will pay a little over $50 per box if ordering direct, but the retail price could be anyone’s guess depending on the success of Shohei Ohtani and any rookie breakout stars who may emerge.  

Jumbo boxes will have 12 packs, each with 12 cards including a Base Refractor parallel and a total of five autographed cards.

Chrome Autographs

Look for on-card rookie autographs in Chrome with a bunch of different parallels but the exact numbering for most hasn’t been released.  Some will only be found in hobby boxes.

Parallel cards will include:

• Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Purple Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Blue Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Blue Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Gold Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Gold Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Orange Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
• Red Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1.  
• Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.

As it did with the flagship series, Topps will use the 1983 baseball design for an autographed subset. 
Parallel cards will include:

• Orange Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1.
• Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.

Inserts

Insert subsets will include Future Stars, highlighting the top young stars in the game with these parallels:

• Green Refractor: sequentially numbered.
• Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor : sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1. 

Freshman Flash will showcase top rookies on what Topps calls “a vibrant insert design.”  There will be randomly inserted autograph variations (exactly what that means hasn’t been divulged yet). Parallels will include:

• Green Refractor: sequentially numbered.
• Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor: #’d 1/1 

Topps celebrates the 35th anniversary of the 1983 set with a mix of veterans that have cards in 2018 Series 1 along with new rookies and veterans. Look for: 

• Green Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered.
• Orange Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1.

Superstar Sensations is a new set featuring a contemporary digital art design with three low-numbered parallel versions including: 

• Orange Refractor:  sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor:  sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor: #’d 1/1.

Autographs

Dual Rookie Autographs are new this year and will pair two rookies from the class of 2018.  Red Refractor parallels (# to 5) and 1/1 Superfractors will be among the year’s bigger pulls.

Superstar Sensation Autographs will feature a checklist of veteran stars in the design mentioned above.  They’ll offer these parallels: 

• Orange Refractor:  sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor:  sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor:  #’d 1/1.

Freshman Flash Autographs is an autograph variation of the insert set, featuring on-card signatures.  Parallels include:

• Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
• Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.

Future Stars Autographs is also an autograph variation of the insert, featuring on-card signatures and will have four parallel versions including: 

• Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor:  sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
• Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.

Additional Content

Rookie Debut is new and offers a card featuring a gold “RC” medallion, commemorating the rookie year debut of current first-year players and veterans.  They’ll be a tough pull and one per hobby case and include these parallels:

• Green Refractor sequentially numbered.
• Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
• Autograph: sequentially numbered to various quantities.

Base Set

There was no word on the size of the base checklist but it will again include major names form Series 1 and 2 of the flagship set, focused mostly on current stars and rookies.  Refractor versions will include the standard unnumbered versions along with: 

• Purple: sequentially numbered.
• Blue: sequentially numbered.
• Green sequentially numbered.
• Green Wave: sequentially numbered.
• Blue Wave: sequentially numbered.
• Gold: sequentially numbered.
• Gold Wave:  sequentially numbered.
• Orange Refractor: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Red Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5.
• Red Wave Refractor: sequentially numbered to 5. 
• SuperFractor: numbered 1/1.
• Printing Plates: numbered 1/1.

Also look for limited Base Card Image Variations that will be randomly inserted into 2018 Topps Chrome when it arrives on August 1.