2010 Topps Chrome

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2010 Topps Chrome hobby box

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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.

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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


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 Ian Stewart

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

Packs 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

180 Jason Donald

181 Tyler Colvin

182 Brennan Boesch

183 Esmil Rogers

184 Ike Davis

185 Andrew Cashner

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 (some have autographs on the front and back of the card)

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

213 Jake Arrieta

214 Ivan Nova

215 Kila Ka’aihue

216 Drew Storen

217 Hisanori Takahashi

218 Andy Oliver

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 packss (see above) were two autographs. Topps had Jason Heyward and Buster Posey autograph (with stickers) 90 copies of their regular Refractor and ten of their Green Refractor.

174 Jason Heyward

221 Buster Posey

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