Blue Jays ’19 Topps Chrome Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Sean Reid-Foley 2019 Topps Chrome RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • U.S. residents only.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!
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Card of the Day: Aristides Aquino 2014 Bowman Chrome Black Refractor Auto

Card of the Day: Brian Banks 2013 Topps Chrome Refractor #27

2019 Topps Chrome Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

I have a confession to make.  I’m easily distracted by shiny objects.  So are a lot of other collectors.  BE CAREFUL OPENING WHILE OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY!

I can only speak for myself, but when I finished opening my box one word came to mind… balance.  The box I opened contained a very nice balance of hits.  It probably is one of the best Topps Chrome Baseball boxes I’ve ever opened.

A hobby box will run you about $110 right now.  The base set consists of (204) cards with the following parallels: Base Refractor, Prism, Sepia (Blaster), Pink (Value Pack), Negative, Purple #’ed/299, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Green Wave #’ed/99 (Hobby/Jumbo), Blue Wave #’ed/75 (Hobby/Jumbo), Gold #’ed/50, Gold Wave #’ed/50 (Hobby/Jumbo), Orange #’ed/25 (Hobby), Orange Wave #’ed/25 (Hobby/Jumbo), Red #’ed/5, Red Wave #’ed/5 (Hobby/Jumbo), Superfractor #’ed 1/1, and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.

SP Photo Variations are quite difficult to pull falling at a rate of 1:247 packs.  There are (25) total SP Photo Variations.  Pulling the regular version is hard enough, but they do have parallels: Green #’ed/99, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

CMP codes are helpful:

  • Base – #369
  • SP Photo Variation – #409

Housed inside each hobby box are (2) guaranteed autographs which can come in the form of Rookie Autographs, Dual Rookie Autographs, 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs, 1999 Topps Chrome Baseball Autographs, Freshman Flash Autographs, and Future Stars Autographs.

Relics are case hits.  When you think about Topps Chrome Baseball, relics don’t always pop into your head right away.  They tend to be much more difficult to pull from this brand.  Called Debut Gear, these horizontally-oriented hits came out well and make me wish we saw more chrome-style relics.  Not only did I pull a case hit (1:544 packs) I got the Red Refractor version #’ed/5 (1:17,628 packs).  Not too shabby for a 24-pack box.  Debut Gear Autographs are also available.

Non-autographed inserts include 1984 Topps Baseball, Freshman Flash, Future Stars, and Greatness Returns.

I think you’ll agree that my hits were quite balanced.  One of these years I’d like to see some Topps Chrome Baseball National Sports Collectors Convention exclusive cards.  Shiny stuff!!!

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Cedric Mullins Gold Wave Refractor Auto #’ed/50
  • Sean Reid-Foley Auto

Relic

  • Ivan Rodriguez Debut Gear Patch Red Refractor #’ed/5

SP Photo Variation

  • Justus Sheffield Green Refractor #’ed/99

Parallels

  • Carlos Santana Purple Refractor #’ed/299
  • Touki Toussaint Prism Refractor
  • Jose Urena Prism Refractor
  • Dakota Hudson Prism Refractor
  • Sandy Alcantara Prism Refractor
  • Charlie Blackmon Refractor
  • Evan Longoria Refractor
  • Whit Merrifield Refractor
  • Nick Burdi Refractor
  • Jesus Aguilar Refractor
  • Justus Sheffield Refractor
  • Ronald Guzman Refractor

Inserts

  • Ty Cobb/Bryce Harper Greatness Returns
  • Kyle Wright Freshman Flash
  • Cedric Mullins Freshman Flash
  • Scott Kingery Future Stars
  • Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. Future Stars
  • Miles Mikolas Future Stars
  • Ichiro 1984 Topps
  • Francisco Lindor 1984 Topps
  • Joey Votto 1984 Topps
  • Yusei Kikuchi 1984 Topps

Card of the Day: Will Middlebrooks 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor

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2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer Hobby Box Break & Review

Curious as to what the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship set will look like on Topps Chrome stock?  Have no fear.  2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer is here.

2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer utilizes the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship set design.  It gives us a nice preview as to what the flagship set looks like on chrome stock well before Topps Chrome Baseball comes out.

The set consists of top players from the UEFA Champions League.  (100) cards make up the base set.  Parallels include Refractor, Purple Refractor #’ed/250, Blue Refractor #’ed/150, Green Refractor #’ed/99, Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75, Gold Refractor #’ed/50, Orange Refractor #’ed/25, Red Refractor #’ed/10, Red Wave Refractor #’ed/10, and Superfractor #’ed 1/1.

You can’t have a set like this without some SP Photo Variations.  Lionel Messi #1, Christian Pulišić #23, Harry Kane #48, Antoine Griezmann #84, and Cristiano Ronaldo #100 cover all of them.  I made a handy little guide showing you what the SP Photo Variations look like.  Checking the CMP codes can be helpful too.  SP Photo Variations end in #223, whereas base cards end in #203.

A single hobby box should yield (1) autograph.  Even if your autograph isn’t some life altering hit, the wide variety of colored refractors helps to balance things out.

Autographs that you can get include Chrome Autographs, Champions League Debut Autographs, Future Stars Autographs, and Superstar Sensations Autographs.  Non-autographed versions of the same titles can be pulled as inserts.

One tiny difference you’ll notice is with the player’s name.  With the 2019 Topps Baseball flagship set the player’s last name is shown above their first name.  When it comes to 2018/19 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League Soccer its reversed.

Complete Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Auto

  • Matteo Politano Chrome Auto Orange Refractor #’ed/25

Parallels

  • Gedson Fernandes Blue Wave Refractor #’ed/75
  • Marcus Rashford Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Lionel Messi Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Rafa Silva Purple Refractor #’ed/250
  • Marc-André ter Stegen Refractor
  • Luka Modric Refractor
  • Andreas Pereira Refractor
  • Lucas Moura Refractor
  • Marco Verratti Refractor

Inserts

  • Robert Lewandowski Superstar Sensations
  • Neymar Jr. Superstar Sensations
  • Marco Reus Superstar Sensations
  • Harry Kane Superstar Sensations
  • Raheem Sterling Future Stars
  • Saúl Ñíguez Future Stars
  • Federico Bernardeschi Future Stars