2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club get to take advantage of their first pre-order tomorrow 5/24/23.

Club members will have the opportunity to pre-order (1) box of 2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi.

According to the e-mail from Topps:

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, Topps is excited to announce Star Wars Chrome Sapphire is back!

We are reissuing the original 1983 Topps Return of the Jedi set on Chrome Sapphire for the first time in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the film’s release in theaters.

To make the celebration even that much more exciting, we’ve added redemptions for slabbed/graded original ROTJ cards and for the first time in Chrome Sapphire history, inserted rare, autographed cards from original cast members like Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher.

Product Highlight: 1995 Fleer Easter Cards Premiere Edition

Basing an entire product around the Easter holiday may not have been the best idea. But that’s exactly what Fleer did in 1995 with their Easter Cards Premiere Edition. Let’s just say the Premiere Edition is the only edition they made.

The entire set consists of (42) cards. (6) 7-card subsets make up the whole set – I’m A Little Teapot, Little Chick’s Easter Treasure, Mother Goose, Peter Cottontail’s Surprise, The Story Of The Easter Bunny, and The Ugly Duckling.

1:6 packs has a Golden Memories parallel. One card from each subset has a parallel like this. They don’t carry much of a premium on the secondary market.

Dealers received an uncut 6-card promo sheet featuring one card from each subset.

I think the most interesting thing about this product is the pack design. There is a window on the front that allows you to see inside the pack. Definitely not the most secure packaging, but these cards were made for little kids and there really isn’t anything worth searching for.

As a standalone set this product couldn’t survive. Cards like this make better inserts for Allen & Ginter and Goodwin Champions.

Hobby Pack
Base Front
Base Back
Golden Memories Parallel Front
Golden Memories Parallel Back
Uncut 6-card Promo Sheet

2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Update Series Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Rookie/Parallel Fan

I had never opened a Sapphire product until now. In the past I have purchased various Sapphire products to flip.

When the regular 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Baseball was released it debuted at $249.99/box. That was a bit too expensive for me considering there aren’t any autographs. So I made the decision to skip it.

After hearing that 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition Update Series Baseball included on-card autographs everyone expected the price to be very high. Turns out that wasn’t the case. Boxes debuted at $129.99. Topps can be all over the place when it comes to pricing. Sometimes its high. Sometimes its low. Sometimes its right on.

The base set consists of (330) cards. Parallels include Green #’ed/75 (1:9), Gold #’ed/50 (1:13), Orange #’ed/25 (1:26), Purple #’ed/10 (1:64), Red #’ed/5 (1:127), Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:1,598), and Padparadscha #’ed 1/1 (1:1,039).

Autographs are #’ed/25 or less. Parallels include Orange #’ed/25 (1:817), Purple #’ed/10 (1:2,043), Red #’ed/5 (1:4,085), Superfractor #’ed 1/1 (1:20,013).

The autographs are difficult to pull. But at least this product has them. And with a small autograph checklist when one is pulled it is usually of a top rookie.

On-card autographs are always better than stickers. Collectors were hoping not too many of them would be packed-out as redemption cards. So far the only redemption autograph looks to be of Jeremy Peña.

Each box should contain at least (2) parallels. I’ve seen some with (1) and others containing (3).

I bought this box because it had a reasonable debut price, and wanted to open a Sapphire product. The chance at pulling an autograph was also a nice bonus.

Seeing that this is the only product where you can find on-card Sapphire autographs of top rookies from 2022, box prices could skyrocket if any of them work out. On the other side those players could flop, and box prices could tank.

No Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt Jr., or Spencer Torkelson rookie cards found in my box.

As I mentioned before, this is the first Sapphire product I’ve opened. This is also the first time I’ve seen Sapphire cards in-hand. I can see why collectors go crazy for them.

2023 members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club will receive (1) 20-card set, and the factory set this year. It would be really cool if that 20-card set would be printed on Chrome Sapphire card stock. The set should consist of subjects that haven’t had Chrome Sapphire cards made yet. Off the top of my head Mickey Mantle, Phillie Phanatic, and Mike Schmidt would make great additions.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

Parallels:

  • Adam Frazier Gold Refractor #’ed/50
  • Hunter Renfroe Green Refractor #’ed/75

Rookies:

  • Jason Krizan RC #US65
  • Felix Bautista RC #US225
  • Ryan Pepiot #US109
  • MacKenzie Gore RC #US81
  • Brendan Donovan RC #US150
  • Jack Suwinski RC #US236
  • Shane Baz RC Rookie Debut #US240
  • Nick Allen RC #US117
  • Bryan Lavastida RC #US317

Base:

  • Nick Castellanos #US266
  • Garrett Stubbs #US315
  • Michael Lorenzen #US84
  • Andrew Stevenson #US173
  • Matt Chapman #US235
  • Cole Sulser #US103
  • Sergio Romo #US322
  • Sean Manaea #US48
  • Jace Peterson #US12
  • Drew Smyly #US138
  • Opening Day Bronx Bash #US45
  • Boston Flex #US11
  • Cole Irvin #US292
  • Luis Guillorme #US107
  • Robert Suarez/Steven Wilson #US239
  • Jurickson Profar #US69
  • Archie Bradley #US98
  • Andrew Knizner #US329
  • Brad Miller #US91
  • Kyle Cody #US96
  • Adam Engel #US323

Card of the Day: Jean Segura 2022 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition #178

2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Edition Baseball Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Rookie/Autograph

What’s this? Another version of Topps Chrome Baseball? Heck yeah! I’ll open anything that’s shiny.

2022 Topps Chrome Logofractor Edition Baseball is a new Mega Box format for the Chrome brand. First showing up at the MLB Flagship Store in New York City, and then on the Topps website.

Every box comes with (7) packs – (5) regular 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball packs, and (2) exclusive Logofractor packs.

The cards found in the exclusive Logofractor packs have the MLB logo printed on them. The main base set consists of (110) cards. Parallels include Purple #’ed/250, Pink #’ed/199, Blue #’ed/150, Green #’ed/99, Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, and Rose Gold #’ed 1/1.

You can keep your eyes open for (10) variations which I like to split into two groups:

  • Jarren Duran #4
  • Shane Baz #8
  • Oneil Cruz #22
  • Brandon Marsh #25
  • Wander Franco #80

The players on the list above have base counterparts.

  • Julio Rodriguez #111
  • Bobby Witt Jr. #112
  • Hunter Greene #113
  • CJ Abrams #114
  • Spencer Torkelson #115

Variations #111-115 on the above list do not have a base counterpart.

If any of this is making your head spin just check the CMP code on the back. Base end in #815, and all variations end in #835.

Autographs include Base Image Variation Autographs, Chrome Autographs, and Future Stars Autographs.

Inserts include Club Plaques, and Future Stars.

The two Logofractor packs are the key to this product. You can pull quite a bit of color from just those two packs.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the Logofractor become a standard parallel. In this hobby when something takes off in popularity we tend to see it brought back many times over.

We all know Topps is thinking about other types of refractors collectors would go crazy for. Teamfractors? Leaguefractors? Hot Dog Fractors? The list of possibilities is endless.

Quick, fun break. All of the action in this box (like most) was located in the Logofractor packs.

Checklist

Here is what I pulled:

(5) 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Packs:

  • All Base Cards

(2) 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball Logofractor Packs:

Auto:

  • Bryan De La Cruz RC Green Refractor Auto #’ed/99

Parallels:

  • Pete Alonso Green Refractor #’ed/99
  • Jake Burger RC Future Stars Blue Refractor #’ed/150
  • Reid Detmers RC Pink Refractor #’ed/199

Insert:

  • Oneil Cruz RC Future Stars

Base:

  • Trevor Rogers #3
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. #100
  • Bryan Reynolds #72
  • Francisco Lindor #107
  • Max Kepler #103

Card of the Day: Nick Maton 2021 Topps Chrome Update Series Sapphire Edition #US251

2021 Topps Chrome Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire Edition Coming Tomorrow For 582 Montgomery Club Members

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club will get early access to 2021 Topps Chrome Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire Edition tomorrow 9/20.

Artwork will be from the Original Series 3 & 4. 2020 boxes originally sold for $50. They now sell for $1k on the secondary market. I predict the 2021 product will be priced much higher out of the gate. Topps probably printed more as well.

2021/22 Topps Bundesliga Chrome Sapphire Edition Available To 582 Montgomery Club Members Tomorrow

Members of the Topps 582 Montgomery Club will have the option to buy 2021/22 Topps Bundesliga Chrome Sapphire Edition tomorrow 9/1.

Card of the Day: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 2022 Topps Chrome Star Wars Sapphire Edition Green Refractor #6

Card of the Day: Babe Ruth 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Edition X-Fractor #615