2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Review

October 15, 2021

After the widespread success of its inaugural release, racing collectors eagerly anticipate the second installment of the Topps Chrome F1 set to be released this month. Coming out just 6 months after the 2020 Topps Chrome F1, this release features traditional cards with racers and their cars, as well as a handful of subsets. These include Formula One Freshest, Future Stars, and Grand Prix Winners. We join in the excitement and give you the 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 review.

Here at Cardlines, we follow the latest F1 releases. If you are a high-speed collector, you may want to check out our complete guide to F1 card collecting.

The History Of Topps Chrome F1 Series

Topps partnered with Formula 1 Racing to create their first-ever F1 chrome card set last year. The new series promises all of the Topps line’s hallmarks, such as refractors and autographs.

Currently, 2021 Topps Chrome F1 is set to be released on October 20th, 2021.

Exciting drivers like Lewis Hamilton are driving new collecting interest in F1 (get Hamilton posters from Amazon).

2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Review: Release Formats 

Topps announced three types of boxes to fit different price points.  The premium Hobby boxes contain everything, including autos. In addition, the Hobby Lite box and a smaller Blaster Value Box SE ensure this release is affordable for everyone.

There are cards strictly available on the cheaper options to ensure everyone receives excellent value, even when going for the more inexpensive boxes.

Hobby Box

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 18 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case
  • 3 Path to the Podium
  • 3 Redliners
  • 6 Topps 1961 Sports Cards
  • 1 Checker Flag Parallels
  • 6 Refractors
  • 1 Autograph Cardin Every 2 Boxes (on average)
  • Presells for $629.95

Lite Box

  • 4 Cards per pack
  • 16 Packs per box
  • 16 Boxes per case.
  • 4 Raywave Parallels
  • 1 Checker Flag Parallel
  • Presells For $299.95


We have limited information about this value box, as no specifics have been announced. Therefore, the information below is subject to being changed.

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 6 packs per box
  • 40 boxes per case
  • Preselling for TBA

2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Review: Checklist Information

Topps 2021 Chrome has 200 cards in the base set highlighting the top drivers and moments in Formula 1 history. They show off some of the most prominent F1 Drivers, and Legendary drivers constantly push their RPM to their limits. In addition, the Topps 1961 Sports Cars insert features select exciting race-ready cars from the F1 and F2.

2021 Topps Chrome F1 Parallels

  • Refractors – (1:3 hobby packs)
  • Checker Flag – (1:18 hobby packs)
  • Purple/Green Refractors – (1:36 hobby packs)
  • Gold/Purple Refractors – (1:80 hobby packs)
  • Orange/Red Refractors – (1:100 hobby packs)
  • Red/Green Refractors – (1:190 hobby packs)
  • Purple Refractors – /399
  • Checker Flag Purple – /199
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Wave Refractors – /50
  • Checker Flag Gold – /50 (hobby only)
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25
  • Checker Flag Orange – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5
  • Checker Flag Red – /5 (hobby only)
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
  • Superfractors – 1/1
Gold Waves are numbered /50 (look for Topps Chrome F1 Gold Waves on eBay)

RayWave Parallels

It can only be found in the LITE packs and are available in several versions:

  • Black and White RayWave – (1:4 LITE packs)
  • Green RayWave – /99
  • Gold RayWave – /50
  • Red RayWave – /5
  • Black RayWave – 1/1

2021 Topps Chrome F1 Inserts

The 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Racing has three choices and guarantees 12 inserts in every Hobby box. Here’s what collectors can expect.

Path to the Podium (1:6 packs): Features the best F1 drivers of today who are always in the mix for the podium on race day.

Redliners (1:6 packs): Features top drivers who consistently push their cars to the limit.

Topps 1961 Sports Cars (1:3 packs): The most common insert showcases F1 and F2 cars using a vintage throwback design.

Each insert set offers the same Refractor parallel rainbow.

  • Gold Refractor – #/50
  • Gold Wave Refractor – #/50
  • Orange Refractor – #/25
  • Red Refractor – #/5
  • SuperFractor – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1

2021 Topps Chrome F1 Autographs

The autos are only available in the Hobby boxes. Even there, they are relatively scarce, with one per two boxes. A pretty low number for the high price. We will include the auto list immediately after it gets released by Topps (a few weeks before the release).

Auto Parallels

  • Green Refractor – #/99
  • Gold Refractor – #/50
  • Gold Wave Refractor – #/50
  • Orange Refractor – #/25
  • Red Refractor – #/5
  • SuperFractor – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
Printing Plate autos are 1/1 (look for Lando Norris autos on eBay).

2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Review Of Value

Topps signed its exclusive agreement with Formula 1 last year. Therefore, we have just 2020’s releases to see how they’ve performed and their current resale value.

Value of Wax

Let’s consider how well the unopened wax of last year’s Topps Chrome F1 releases has held up.

2020 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Hobby Box $2,100

If last year’s release is anything to go by, the high price of the hobby boxes is more than justified by the value of wax.

The 2020 Topps F1 Chrome hobby box has held value well (get the hobby boxes from eBay).

Single Cards

The Lewis Hamilton card has proved to be exceeding valuable, especially its variations. First, however, we shall look at a few of the other highest-performing Topps F1 cards from last year. All cards are PSA 10 unless otherwise stated.

2020 Topps Chrome F1 Gold Refractor George Russell RC $2,750
2020 Topps Chrome F1 Lando Norris RC Auto $7,357
2020 Topps Chrome F1 Gold Refractor Charles Leclerc $1,699
2020 Topps Chrome F1 Lewis Hamilton #1 $3,300
2020 Topps Chrome F1 Racing Refractor Lewis Hamilton 2/58 AUTO

2020 Topps Chrome Max Verstappen Sapphire Gold /50 PSA 8

2020 Topps Chrome F1 Max Verstappen Base Card #6 $599.99

Last year’s set had quite a few cards that cover the price of a hobby box, at least at current values. Therefore, you don’t need to feel too bad about ripping these bad boys if you get them. However, holding is probably (as always) a better option.

The Bottom-line Of The 2021 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Review

With the deal between Topps and Formula 1 signed just last year, the hobby surrounding F1 cards is in its nascent phase. This release features first-time cards and the second outing for many of the great names in Formula 1. However, the newness of the series does not seem to detract from its potential value. On the contrary, the novelty appears to be a factor raising the value of both cards and sealed wax. So overall, this is an excellent long-term hold.

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