2017 Topps UFC Chrome Box Break & Review

A new product walked into the octagon this year in the form of 2017 Topps UFC Chrome.  Never before have UFC cards received the Topps Chrome treatment, and man do these cards look great.  Lets see what I found inside.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the 100-card base set features the 2017 Topps Baseball flagship design.  Topps made sure to include a good mix of rookie and veteran fighters.  If you’re a fan of parallels, this product is perfect for you.  I pulled a ton!  Parallels of the base set include Refractors, X-Fractors, Diamond Refractors (Hot Box), Green Refractors #’ed/99, Blue Wave Refractors #’ed/75, Gold Refractors #’ed/50, Orange Refractors #’ed/25, Black Refractors #’ed/10, Red Refractors #’ed/5, SuperFractors #’ed/1, and Printing Plates #’ed/1.

Each 24-pack box comes with (2) autographs.  (3) if its a Hot Box.  A large chunk of the autographs are signed on-card, but you will come across some stickers.  As I’m sure you already know, Topps loves their photo variations.  This product has them, but they only pertain to eight fighters, are all autographed, and are serial numbered to (10) copies.  SuperFractor parallels are also available.  Its safe to say these photo variations aren’t difficult to spot.  Easy to identify, but hard to pull.

Inserts offer a glimpse as to what certain products would look like if they were printed on chrome stock.  FireMuseum CollectionTop of the Class, and Tier 1 all got chromed.  I think Fire looks the best.  All come with their good share of parallels and autographs.  Perhaps one day we’ll see a standalone Fire Chrome set.

I’d say that it was an enjoyable break.  With the refractors, Topps Chrome always gives you something to look forward to.  Hobby-exclusive boxes are selling for $70.  Low-numbered parallels and autographs of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey are big sellers.  A McGregor/Mayweather dual on-card autograph would have been totally sick to see.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Tony Ferguson
  • Stipe Miocic Green Refractor #’ed/99

Parallels

  • Dustin Poirier Orange Refractor #’ed/25
  • Cris Justino Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Kelvin Gastelum Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75
  • Chuck Liddell Tier 1 Refractor #’ed/99
  • Paige VanZant Top of the Class Refractor #’ed/99
  • Lyoto Machida Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Raphael Assuncao X-Fractor
  • Amanda Nunes Refractor
  • Jimmie Rivera RC Refractor
  • Cris Justino Refractor
  • Stephen Thompson Refractor
  • Dominick Cruz Refractor
  • Thiago Alves Refractor
  • Wilson Reis Refractor
  • Tony Ferguson Refractor

Inserts

  • Demetrious Johnson Tier 1
  • Luke Rockhold Tier 1
  • Ronda Rousey Tier 1
  • Amanda Nunes Tier 1
  • Fabricio Werdum Museum Collection
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk Museum Collection
  • Michelle Waterson Museum Collection
  • Jose Aldo Museum Collection
  • Daniel Cormier Top of the Class
  • BJ Penn Top of the Class
  • Amanda Nunes Top of the Class
  • Anderson Silva Top of the Class
  • Arianny Celeste Fire
  • TJ Dillashaw Fire
  • Michelle Waterson Fire
  • Anderson Silva Fire

One Response

  1. As an MMA collector since the first autograph set was released back in 2008 (Ring Kings from Panini Americana II) I’m happy to see more MMA releases in the calendar. I like Chrome but the very short autograph checklist really hamstrings the value on the secondary market for a lot of these autos. The fact that we saw a good number of these same fighters sign for the last release, Knockout, doesn’t help either. I would have liked to see a few more young fighter autos sprinkled in to this release like Platinum Mike Perry and Cynthia Calvillo as the Chrome treatment would be a nice touch for more first autos. Overall I struggle to find enough value in this product even with the inserts and parallels unless you are lucky enough to hit something super SP or a big name, your box contained two world champions but I still believe you would struggle to make back the SRP.

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