A sleeker and a shinier version of the iconic Topps Update series cards, 2022 Topps Chrome Update Hobby offers 24, four card packs per box, where collectors will find chrome versions of the hottest rookies and superstar players who have changed teams during the long baseball season.
Released just before Christmas, it was undoubtedly a popular holiday rip for collectors.
Expect to find inserts at a clip of one in every two packs including Generation Now, Diamond Greats and MLB All-Star Game cards. Another huge draw is the chance to pull autograph cards, limited numbered parallels and the longshot 1 of 1 Superfractors.
We ripped into our box and snagged our fair share of Diamond Greats by pulling Chicago Cubs all time great Ryne Sandberg, the ever popular Honus Wagner, birthday boy Carlton Fisk (he turned 75 on Monday) and Dodgers icon Roy Campanella.
We definitely pulled our fair share of color including a beautiful purple parallel Rookie Debut card of Wander Franco. A high percentage of the color parallels were RCs, which is always nice.
We had a solid run of Refractors including nice All Star Game cards of Astros Ace Justin Verlander and Dodgers MVP candidate Mookie Betts.
We receive three of the advertised Generation Now inserts, including Is one of Houston Astros slugger and World Series champion Yordan Alvarez.
We got at least a sniff of most of the big rookies including a really nice base card of Seattle Mariners stud Julio Rodriguez as well as a Rookie Debut of Kansas City Royals star Bobby Witt, Jr.
Whoever packaged and shipped this box to us must have known that we are in the great state of Pennsylvania as our rookie auto was that of young Pirates outfielder Jack Suwinski. The 24-year-old Chicago native was trending toward leading all rookies in home runs before being sent to the minors for a period of time late in the season due to a rapidly dropping batting average. Autographs in Chrome Update are on stickers as is typical with the brand.
We also landed a nice Rookie Debut of Pirates star infielder Oneil Cruz. Although his traditional stats leave something to be desired, the big shortstop showed flashes of absolute brilliance on the diamond last season. He should be in the majors for a long time.
All in all it was a really fun rip and, being a rookie card collector, I can appreciate many of the cards pulled out of Chrome Update.
With Hobby box prices just north of a $100 (there are also lower priced Mega Boxes and Hanger packs) and some top shelf rookies to chase, it’s a fun rip with some real potential if you hit it right–and this year, it doesn’t require a trip to Target.
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