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2021 Topps Chrome Black Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Autograph/Risk Takers

This one is for you risk takers. After a successful debut in 2020, Topps Chrome Black returns for 2021.

Inside each box you will find (4) cards – (1) encased autograph, (1) parallel, and (2) base.

The base set consists of (100) cards. Parallels include Refractor #’ed/199, Purple #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Atomic #’ed/99, Blue #’ed/75, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Magenta #’ed/10, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Autographs come in two different formats – Topps Chrome Black Autographs, and Super Futures Autographs. The Topps Chrome Black Autographs parallels include Refractor #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1. Super Futures Autographs are serial numbered to (99) with parallels that include Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

Unlike other Topps Chrome products which utilize the flagship set design, Topps Chrome Black does it’s own thing. The photographs are glossy while the backgrounds have a matte finish. I did not open a box of this stuff last year, so this is the first time I’ve seen these cards in person. Other collectors weren’t kidding when they mentioned how sharp these cards look in person.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto:

  • Bert Blyleven Refractor #’ed/150

Parallel:

  • Corey Seager Blue #’ed/75

Base:

  • Daulton Varsho RC #9
  • Elvis Andrus #24

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Q&A: Why Do Some Topps Boxes From The 80s Have Black Marks On Them?

Question: Looking on eBay I see so many 1980s Topps boxes with black marks on the covers.  What are the black marks for?

Answer: As a way to help distributors/stores clear out old inventory that had been sitting for awhile, Topps allowed for some products to be returned.  The distributors/stores would get a little money back.  Once Topps received those products back they would place black marks on the box covers.  Then Topps would ship them off to discount outlets.  In order to qualify for this the cases and/or boxes had to be complete.  Nothing tampered with.  Back then Topps did not seal their boxes in plastic like they do today.  Its very possible the people sending them back compiled packs from multiple boxes just to make a complete one.  That is the true origin of those black marks.  Complete boxes from the 1980s without the black marks will always be more desirable.  But this practice was so common you see them everywhere.