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2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Rookie

Hey! Where are the Extended Base Short Prints? Anyone else not finding them? I think something funky is going on here… hahaha!

Topps Chrome Baseball is one of the most anticipated products collectors look forward to each year. The better the rookie class, the more popular the set is. Rookies such as Bobby Witt Jr. #221, Julio Rodriguez #222, Spencer Torkelson #223, Hunter Greene #224, and CJ Abrams #225 were suppose to have Extended Base Short Prints included within the product. Although they made it into the Hobby Lite boxes which were sold directly on the Topps website, and the Sonic and Logofractor Editions, Hobby and Hobby Jumbo boxes DO NOT have them. Mass hysteria swept through the hobby. I don’t blame people for being angry as this was a main selling point.

To make up for this miscommunication/quality control issue Topps is providing (1) 4-card silver pack for each Hobby and Hobby Jumbo box purchased from Topps.com, hobby shops or breakers which purchased their product directly from Topps. Randomly inserted within these packs you will find the missing Extended Base Rookie Short Prints. I’ll refer you to the Chrome Silver Pack Program details Topps has on their site.

The main base set consists of (220) cards. Parallels include Refractor, X-Fractor (10 per Monster), Sepia (2 per Blaster), Pink (2 per Blaster), Prism, Negative, Magenta #’ed/399, Magenta Speckle #’ed/350, Purple Speckle #’ed/299, Purple #’ed/250, Aqua #’ed/199, Aqua Lava #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Wave #’ed/99, Blue Wave #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Gold Wave #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Orange Wave #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Red Wave #’ed/5, SuperFractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

Photo variations continue to be a big chase element. Using the CMP codes is the easiest way to identify them.

  • Base – #967
  • Variation SP – #017
  • Variation SSP – #023

Autographs include Chrome Rookie Autographs, Dual Rookie Autographs, Chrome Veteran Autographs, 1987 Topps Baseball Autographs, Future Stars Autographs, Heart of the City Autographs, and Pinstriped Autographs.

Relics are not a huge part of the Topps Chrome brand, but you can pull them in the form of Topps Chrome Authentics Autograph Relics, and Topps Chrome Authentics Relics.

Inserts include 1987 Topps Baseball, Future Stars, Heart of the City, New Classics, and Pinstriped/Club Plaques.

Overall, this was a fairly standard Hobby box. I do wish that Topps/Fanatics would clear up these quality control issues. I sure hope the 2022 582 Montgomery Club Factory Set isn’t missing those same rookies.

I was hoping to pull a Bryce Harper Heart of the City insert showing the skyline of Philadelphia. One showed up in the first pack.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Matt Vierling RC
  • Whit Merrifield

Parallels:

  • Luis Gil RC Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75
  • Kyle Tucker Prism Refractor
  • Andrew McCutchen Prism Refractor
  • Byron Buxton Prism Refractor
  • John Means Prism Refractor
  • Jose Altuve Refractor
  • Trea Turner Refractor
  • Cody Bellinger Refractor
  • (2) Ketel Marte Refractor
  • Jake Meyers RC Refractor
  • Josh Donaldson Refractor
  • Paul Goldschmidt Refractor

Inserts:

  • Luis Garcia Future Stars
  • George Springer Pinstriped/Club Plaques
  • Bryce Harper Heart of the City
  • Juan Soto Heart of the City
  • Randy Arozarena New Classics
  • Eloy Jimenez New Classics
  • George Springer 1987 Topps Baseball
  • Gavin Sheets RC 1987 Topps Baseball
  • Pete Alonso 1987 Topps Baseball
  • Miguel Cabrera 1987 Topps Baseball

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