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

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


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