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2010 Topps Chrome hobby box

Description

Arriving on October 5, 2010, 2010 Topps Chrome features a 220 base set consisting of 170 veterans and 50 rookie cards. Inserts include chrome versions of Chicle, Heritage and T206 cards. The Heritage chrome cards will be a continuation of the chrome parallels found in Heritage.

In an effort to placate collectors who pre-ordered Topps Chrome before Stephen Strasburg's season ending injury; Topps has announced two promotions.

The first is a wrapper redemption program. Collectors who send in a full Hobby box's worth of wrappers (24), will receive three "variation" cards from a special 15-card set. Every tenth pack will contain three Refractor parallels.

The second is called the 2010 Chrome Baseball Bounty Card Contest. During this contest, Topps will announce existing Chrome cards as "bounty cards". If you have these bounty cards and you send Topps a photo of yourself holding the cards, you win a prize.

It appears, based on the massive amount of pre-orders, that Topps may have increased the production of Hobby cases by a factor of four.

2010 Topps Chrome cards are subject to extreme top-to-bottom curling. Rumor has it that Topps used a different printing company for these cards thus the curling issues.

Distribution

Hobby/Retail: 24 packs per box, four cards per pack (MSRP: $4).

"Best of Chrome" Box: Five packs of Topps Chrome, five packs of 2010 Bowman Chrome, one Hobby pack of 2010 Bowman Platinum, two Million Card Giveaway code cards, and a five-card exclusive Chrome Refractor set. (MSRP: $29.99) Sold exclusively at Target stores.

By extrapolation, roughly 105,000 hobby boxes were distributed. This is four times the amount of hobby boxes of 2009 Topps Chrome.

Reviews

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Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 220 - 4:1 4:1
Refractor 220 - 1:3 1:3
X-Fractor 220 - N/A 1:3
Orange Refractor 220 - N/A 3 in every Value Pack
Purple Refractor 220 599 N/A 1:12
Blue Refractor 220 199 1:58 1:191
Gold Refractor 220 50 1:232 1:775
Red Refractor 220 25 1:370 N/A
SuperFractor 220 1 1:9265 N/A
Printing plate 220 4 1:1592 N/A
Black-Bordered Checklist 1 2000 1:1019 ?
National Chicle Chrome 50 999 1:25 1:81
National Chicle Chrome Refractor 50 499 1:50 1:165
National Chicle Chrome Blue Refractor 50 199 1:125 1:430
National Chicle Chrome Gold Refractor 50 50 1:497 1:1650
National Chicle Chrome Red Refractor 50 25 1:814 N/A
National Chicle Chrome SuperFractor 50 1 1:20,384 N/A
National Chicle Chrome Printing Plate 50 4 1:5096 N/A
Topps 206 Chrome 50 999 1:25 1:81
Topps 206 Chrome Refractor 50 499 1:50 1:165
Topps 206 Chrome Blue Refractor 50 199 1:125 1:430
Topps 206 Chrome Gold Refractor 50 50 1:497 1:1650
Topps 206 Chrome Red Refractor 50 25 1:814 N/A
Topps 206 Chrome SuperFractor 50 1 1:20,384 N/A
Topps 206 Chrome Printing Plate 50 4 1:5096 N/A
Heritage Chrome 50 1961 1:26 1:86
Heritage Chrome Refractor 50 561 1:50 1:300
Heritage Chrome Black Refractor 50 61 1:816 1:2700
MLB Logoman Patch 5 50 1:8153 N/A
Rookie Autographs 50 - 1:20 1:171
Rookie Autographs Refractor 50 499 1:95 1:1100
Rookie Autographs Blue Refractor 50 199 1:238 1:2900
Rookie Autographs Gold Refractor 50 50 1:941 1:11,000
Rookie Autographs Red Refractor 50 25 1:1881 1:22,000
Rookie Autographs SuperFractor 50 1 1:44,314 N/A
Rookie Autographs Printing Plate 50 4 1:11,078 N/A
USA Baseball Autographs 23 - 1:287 N/A

Checklist

NOTE: Due to Topps' use of a new subcontractor, 2010 Topps Chrome suffers from the same hyperbolic bowing issues that plagued 2010 Bowman Chrome.

Base Set

  • 1 Prince Fielder
  • 2 Derrek Lee
  • 3 Clayton Kershaw
  • 4 Bobby Abreu
  • 5 Johnny Cueto
  • 6 Dexter Fowler
  • 7 Mickey Mantle
  • 8 Tommy Hanson
  • 9 Shane Victorino
  • 10 Adam Jones
  • 11 Zach Duke
  • 12 Victor Martinez
  • 13 Rick Porcello
  • 14 Josh Johnson
  • 15 Marco Scutaro
  • 16 Howie Kendrick
  • 17 Joey Votto
  • 18 Zack Greinke
  • 19 John Lackey
  • 20 Manny Ramirez
  • 21 CC Sabathia
  • 22 David Wright
  • 23 Nick Swisher
  • 24 Cole Hamels
  • 25 Adrian Gonzalez
  • 26 Joe Saunders
  • 27 Tim Lincecum
  • 28 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 29 J.A. Happ
  • 30 Ian Kinsler
  • 31 Carl Crawford
  • 32 Albert Pujols
  • 33 Daniel Murphy
  • 34 Erick Aybar
  • 35 Andrew McCutchen
  • 36 Gordon Beckham
  • 37 Jorge Posada
  • 38 Ichiro
  • 39 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 40 Cliff Lee
  • 41 Freddy Sanchez
  • 42 Ryan Dempster
  • 43 Adam Wainwright
  • 44 Matt Holliday
  • 45 Chone Figgins
  • 46 Tim Hudson
  • 47 Rich Harden
  • 48 Justin Upton
  • 49 Yunel Escobar
  • 50 Joe Mauer
  • 51 Vernon Wells
  • 52 Miguel Tejada
  • 53 Denard Span
  • 54 Brandon Phillips
  • 55 Jason Bay
  • 56 Kendry Morales
  • 57 Josh Hamilton
  • 58 Yovani Gallardo
  • 59 Adam Lind
  • 60 Nick Johnson
  • 61 Hideki Matsui
  • 62 Pablo Sandoval
  • 63 James Shields
  • 64 Roy Halladay
  • 65 Chris Coghlan
  • 66 Alexei Ramirez
  • 67 Josh Beckett
  • 68 Magglio Ordonez
  • 69 Matt Kemp
  • 70 Max Scherzer
  • 71 Curtis Granderson
  • 72 David Price
  • 73 Lance Berkman
  • 74 Andre Ethier
  • 75 Mark Teixeira
  • 76 Edwin Jackson
  • 77 Akinori Iwamura
  • 78 Placido Polanco
  • 79 Jair Jurrjens
  • 80 Stephen Drew
  • 81 Javier Vazquez
  • 82 Lyle Overbay
  • 83 Orlando Hudson
  • 84 Adam Dunn
  • 85 Kevin Youkilis
  • 86 Chase Utley
  • 87 Elvis Andrus
  • 88 Scott Kazmir
  • 89 Brian McCann
  • 90 Alex Rios
  • 91 Wandy Rodriguez
  • 92 Felix Hernandez
  • 93 Carlos Gonzalez
  • 94 Kosuke Fukudome
  • 95 A.J. Burnett
  • 96 Nelson Cruz
  • 97 Luke Hochevar
  • 98 Francisco Liriano
  • 99 Chris Carpenter
  • 100 Russell Martin
  • 101 Carlos Pena
  • 102 Jake Peavy
  • 103 Jose Lopez
  • 104 Todd Helton
  • 105 Mike Pelfrey
  • 106 Jacoby Ellsbury
  • 107 Edinson Volquez
  • 108 Michael Young
  • 109 Dustin Pedroia
  • 110 Chipper Jones
  • 111 Brad Hawpe
  • 112 Justin Morneau
  • 113 Hiroki Kuroda
  • 114 Robinson Cano
  • 115 Torii Hunter
  • 116 Jimmy Rollins
  • 117 Delmon Young
  • 118 Matt Cain
  • 119 Ryan Zimmerman
  • 120 Johan Santana
  • 121 Roy Oswalt
  • 122 Jay Bruce
  • 123 Ubaldo Jimenez
  • 124 Geovany Soto
  • 125 Jon Lester
  • 126 Ryan Howard
  • 127 Jayson Werth
  • 128 David Ortiz
  • 129 Dan Haren
  • 130 Daisuke Matsuzaka
  • 131 Michael Bourn
  • 132 Michael Cuddyer
  • 134 Justin Verlander
  • 135 Carlos Beltran
  • 136 Alfonso Soriano
  • 137 Ryan Braun
  • 138 Carlos Zambrano
  • 139 Jose Reyes
  • 140 Koji Uehara
  • 141 Evan Longoria
  • 142 Mark Buehrle
  • 143 Troy Tulowitzki
  • 144 Alex Rodriguez
  • 145 Chad Billingsley
  • 146 Shin-Soo Choo
  • 147 Mark Reynolds
  • 148 Jered Weaver
  • 149 Carlos Lee
  • 150 B.J. Upton
  • 151 Aaron Hill
  • 152 Nick Markakis
  • 153 Hanley Ramirez
  • 154 Alex Gordon
  • 155 Mike Napoli
  • 156 Miguel Cabrera
  • 157 Grady Sizemore
  • 158 Aramis Ramirez
  • 159 Brandon Webb
  • 160 Gavin Floyd
  • 161 Yadier Molina
  • 162 Nate McLouth
  • 163 Dan Uggla
  • 164 Hunter Pence
  • 165 Derek Jeter
  • 166 Brian Roberts
  • 167 Franklin Gutierrez
  • 168 Glen Perkins
  • 169 Matt Garza
  • 170 Raul Ibanez
  • 171 Eric Young, Jr. (RC)
  • 172 Bryan Anderson (RC)
  • 173 Jon Link RC
  • 174 Jason Heyward RC
  • 175 Scott Sizemore RC
  • 176 Mike Leake RC
  • 177 Austin Jackson RC
  • 178 Jon Jay RC
  • 179 John Ely RC
  • 180 Jason Donald RC
  • 181 Tyler Colvin RC
  • 182 Brennan Boesch RC
  • 183 Esmil Rogers RC
  • 184 Ike Davis RC
  • 185 Andrew Cashner RC
  • 186 Cole Gillespie RC
  • 187 Luke Hughes (RC)
  • 188 Alex Burnett RC
  • 189 Wilson Ramos RC
  • 190 Mike Stanton RC
  • 191 Josh Donaldson RC
  • 192 Chris Heisey RC
  • 193 Lance Zawadzki RC
  • 194 Cesar Valdez RC
  • 195 Starlin Castro RC
  • 196 Kevin Russo RC
  • 197 Brandon Hicks RC
  • 198 Carlos Santana RC
  • 199 Allen Craig RC
  • 200 Jenrry Mejia RC
  • 201 Ruben Tejada RC
  • 202 Drew Butera (RC)
  • 203 Jesse English (RC)
  • 204 Tyson Ross RC
  • 205 Ian Desmond (RC)
  • 206 Mike McCoy RC
  • 207 Tommy Manzella (RC)
  • 208 Kanekoa Texeira RC
  • 209 Daniel McCutchen RC
  • 210 Brian Matusz RC
  • 211 Sergio Santos (RC)
  • 212 Stephen Strasburg RC
  • 213 Jake Arrieta RC
  • 214 Ivan Nova RC
  • 215 Kila Ka?aihue (RC)
  • 216 Drew Storen RC
  • 217 Hisanori Takahashi RC
  • 218 Andy Oliver RC
  • 219 Drew Stubbs RC
  • 220 Wade Davis (RC)

Parallels

Each card is available in the following Refractor parallels:

  • Refractor (1:3 packs)
  • X-Fractor (1:3 packs, retail only)
  • Purple (numbered to 599, retail only)
  • Orange (three-per Wal-Mart exclusive Value Pack)
  • Blue (numbered to 199)
  • Gold (numbered to 50)
  • Red (numbered to 25, Hobby only)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one, Hobby only)
  • Printing Plates (four-for-each, Hobby only)

2010 Topps Chrome Heritage

See 2010 Topps Heritage.

2010 Topps National Chicle Chrome

This set is a partial-parallel of the 2010 Topps National Chicle set. Each card is available in the following parallels:

  • Chrome (numbered to 999)
  • Refractor (numbered to 499)
  • Blue Refractor (numbered to 199)
  • Gold Refractor (numbered to 50)
  • Red Refractor (numbered to 25, Hobby only)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one, Hobby only)
  • Printing Plates (four-for-each, Hobby only)
  • CC1 Albert Pujols
  • CC2 Grady Sizemore
  • CC3 Ichiro
  • CC4 Daisuke Matsuzaka
  • CC5 James Loney
  • CC6 Tim Wakefield
  • CC7 Shane Victorino
  • CC8 Jacoby Ellsbury
  • CC9 Hunter Pence
  • CC10 Andy Pettitte
  • CC11 David Wright
  • CC12 Derek Jeter
  • CC13 Ryan Howard
  • CC14 Russell Martin
  • CC15 Michael Young
  • CC16 Johnny Damon
  • CC17 Robinson Cano
  • CC18 Adrian Gonzalez
  • CC19 Gordon Beckham
  • CC20 Aramis Ramirez
  • CC21 Alex Rodriguez
  • CC22 Johan Santana
  • CC23 Vladimir Guerrero
  • CC24 Nick Markakis
  • CC25 Justin Verlander
  • CC26 Adam Jones
  • CC27 Chone Figgins
  • CC28 Cole Hamels
  • CC29 Roy Oswalt
  • CC30 Ryan Braun
  • CC31 Alexei Ramirez
  • CC32 Adam Dunn
  • CC33 Pablo Sandoval
  • CC34 Todd Helton
  • CC35 Carlos Beltran
  • CC36 Ubaldo Jimenez
  • CC37 Tommy Hanson
  • CC38 Zack Greinke
  • CC39 Chris Coghlan
  • CC40 Chris Young
  • CC41 Jake Peavy
  • CC42 Dexter Fowler
  • CC43 Phil Hughes
  • CC44 Chase Utley
  • CC45 Ian Stewart
  • CC46 John Danks
  • CC47 Ichiro
  • CC48 Lance Berkman
  • CC49 Ryan Zimmerman
  • CC50 Albert Pujols

2010 Topps 206 Chrome

This set is a partial-parallel of the 2010 Topps 206 set. Each card is available in the following parallels:

  • Chrome (numbered to 999)
  • Refractor (numbered to 499)
  • Blue Refractor (numbered to 199)
  • Gold Refractor (numbered to 50)
  • Red Refractor (numbered to 25, Hobby only)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one, Hobby only)
  • Printing Plates (four-for-each, Hobby only)
  • TC1 Matt Holliday
  • TC2 Shane Victorino
  • TC3 Zack Greinke
  • TC4 Mike Leake
  • TC5 Justin Upton
  • TC6 Gordon Beckham
  • TC7 Yovani Gallardo
  • TC8 Martin Prado
  • TC9 Adrian Gonzalez
  • TC10 Justin Verlander
  • TC11 Pablo Sandoval
  • TC12 Josh Beckett
  • TC13 Matt Kemp
  • TC14 Mickey Mantle
  • TC15 Jorge Posada
  • TC16 Evan Longoria
  • TC17 Howie Kendrick
  • TC18 Joey Votto
  • TC19 Mark Teixeira
  • TC20 Alex Rodriguez
  • TC21 B.J. Upton
  • TC22 Troy Tulowitzki
  • TC23 Ian Kinsler
  • TC24 Brett Anderson
  • TC25 Roy Halladay
  • TC26 Cliff Lee
  • TC27 Ryan Braun
  • TC28 Jake Peavy
  • TC29 Neftali Feliz
  • TC30 Derek Jeter
  • TC31 Austin Jackson
  • TC32 Stephen Strasburg
  • TC33 Dan Haren
  • TC34 Hanley Ramirez
  • TC35 Victor Martinez
  • TC36 Stephen Drew
  • TC37 Adam Jones
  • TC38 Vladimir Guerrero
  • TC39 Jacoby Ellsbury
  • TC40 Joe Mauer
  • TC41 Rick Porcello
  • TC42 Albert Pujols
  • TC43 Francisco Liriano
  • TC44 Dan Uggla
  • TC45 Hideki Matsui
  • TC46 Tim Lincecum
  • TC47 Ryan Howard
  • TC48 Carl Crawford
  • TC49 Andrew McCutchen
  • TC50 Alfonso Soriano

Wrapper Redemption Variation Refractors

In an effort to placate collectors who pre-ordered Topps Chrome before Stephen Strasburg's season ending injury; on September 30, 2010, announced this wrapper redemption program. Collectors who sent in a full Hobby box's worth of wrappers (24), would then receive three Refractor variation cards from a special 15-card set. Every tenth pack will contain three Green Refractor parallels, each serial-numbered to 599 copies. Some packs could also find an autograph from Jason Heyward or Buster Posey (see below).

Only Hobby wrappers are eligible for this promotion and expired February 28, 2011. Collectors started receiving these in the mail during the last week in November of 2010. The collation is as follows:

Pack 1: Ruth/Colvin/Heyward

Pack 2: Cobb/Leake/Jackson

Pack 3: Robinson/Castro/Strasburg

Pack 4: Mantle/Posey/Davis

Pack 5: Gehrig/Stanton/Santana

  • 174 Jason Heyward
  • 176 Mike Leake
  • 177 Austin Jackson
  • 181 Tyler Colvin
  • 184 Ike Davis
  • 190 Mike Stanton
  • 195 Starlin Castro
  • 198 Carlos Santana
  • 212 Stephen Strasburg
  • 221 Buster Posey
  • 222 Babe Ruth
  • 223 Lou Gehrig
  • 224 Jackie Robinson
  • 225 Ty Cobb
  • 226 Mickey Mantle

Variation Identification

All cards in this redemption set are Refractors.

Cards #221-226 do not exist in the base set, so identifying them should be no issue.

Among cards #174-#212: For the hitters, Topps used a photo where the player is following through on a swing. For the variation cards of pitchers Mike Leake and Stephen Strasburg, both are shown in the middle of their respective deliveries.

Although numbered #226, Mickey Mantle's variation card also uses a different photo from his Topps Chrome base card (#7). While his base card shows him in the field, card #226 shows Mantle running the bases.

For further assistance in identifying the Chrome Variations, the cardblog The Card Investor has created a visual guide.

Inserts

Best of Chrome Refractors

A complete set of five Refractors was included in each Target-exclusive "Best of Chrome" value box. Each Best of Chrome box contained five packs of 2010 Topps Chrome, five packs of 2010 Bowman Chrome, a Hobby pack of 2010 Bowman Platinum, two Million Card Giveaway code cards, and these five cards.

  • BC1 Stephen Strasburg
  • BC2 Starlin Castro
  • BC3 Jason Heyward
  • BC4 Mickey Mantle
  • BC5 Jackie Robinson

Manufactured Relics

MLB Logoman Patch

See 2010 Topps Manufactured MLB Logoman Patch

Autographs & Game-Used

Rookie Autos

NOTE: The photograph on each Rookie Autograph is different than that used on the player's corresponding base Chrome card. All autographs are signed on-card.

Each Rookie Autograph is available in the following Refractor parallels.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 499 copies)
  • Blue Refractor (serial-numbered to 199 copies)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
  • Red Refractor (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
  • SuperFractor (one-of-one, Hobby only)
  • Printing Plate (four-for-each, Hobby only)
  • 171 Eric Young, Jr.
  • 172 Bryan Anderson
  • 173 Jon Link
  • 174 Jason Heyward
  • 175 Scott Sizemore
  • 176 Mike Leake
  • 177 Austin Jackson
  • 178 Jon Jay
  • 179 John Ely
  • 181 Tyler Colvin
  • 182 Brennan Boesch
  • 183 Esmil Rogers
  • 184 Ike Davis
  • 186 Cole Gillespie
  • 187 Luke Hughes
  • 188 Alex Burnett
  • 189 Wilson Ramos
  • 190 Mike Stanton
  • 191 Josh Donaldson
  • 192 Chris Heisey
  • 193 Lance Zawadzki
  • 194 Cesar Valdez
  • 195 Starlin Castro
  • 196 Kevin Russo
  • 197 Brandon Hicks
  • 198 Carlos Santana
  • 199 Allen Craig
  • 200 Jenrry Mejia
  • 201 Ruben Tejada
  • 202 Drew Butera
  • 203 Jesse English
  • 204 Tyson Ross
  • 205 Ian Desmond
  • 206 Mike McCoy
  • 207 Tommy Manzella
  • 208 Kanekoa Texeira
  • 209 Daniel McCutchen
  • 210 Brian Matusz
  • 211 Sergio Santos
  • 212 Stephen Strasburg
  • 214 Ivan Nova
  • 215 Kila Ka?aihue
  • 216 Drew Storen
  • 217 Hisanori Takahashi
  • 219 Drew Stubbs
  • 220 Wade Davis

2010 USA Baseball Collegiate Team Autographs

Each of the USA Baseball Collegiate Team Autographs serve as a "case hit," and are exclusive to Hobby packs.

  • USA-1 Tyler Anderson
  • USA-2 Matt Barnes
  • USA-3 Jackie Bradley, Jr.
  • USA-4 Gerrit Cole
  • USA-5 Alex Dickerson
  • USA-6 Jason Esposito
  • USA-7 Nolan Fontana
  • USA-8 Sean Gilmartin
  • USA-9 Sonny Gray
  • USA-10 Brian Johnson
  • USA-11 Andrew Maggi
  • USA-12 Mikie Mahtook
  • USA-13 Scott McGough
  • USA-14 Brad Miller
  • USA-15 Brett Mooneyham
  • USA-16 Peter O?Brien
  • USA-17 Nick Ramirez
  • USA-19 Noe Ramirez
  • USA-20 Steve Rodriguez
  • USA-21 George Springer
  • USA-22 Kyle Winkler
  • USA-23 Ryan Wright

Wrapper Redemption Autographs

Mixed in with the Rookie Refractor Variation packs (see above) were two autographs. Topps had Jason Heyward and Buster Posey autograph (with stickers) 100 cards. Each is also available in the following Refractors.

  • Refractor (serial-numbered to 90 copies)
  • Green Refractor (serial-numbered to ten)
  • 174 Jason Heyward
  • 221 Buster Posey