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2022 Topps Chrome Black Is A Black-Tie Only Premium Product: Here’s What You’ll Find Inside [Checklist Added]

2022 topps chrome black

Topps Chrome Black debuted back in the “dark times” of 2020. Back for its third go-around in 2022, this premium product is really more “black tie” than “black death” thankfully.

Similar to the premium Topps Chrome Sapphire release, It has carved out a niche among collectors looking for all the modern trappings of chromium cards, refractors, and autographs.

But what will collectors find in 2022 Topps Chrome Black? And is it worth the premium price tag?

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2022 Topps Chrome Black release format & release date

2022 Topps Chrome Black was officially released on December 16, 2022.

The Topps Black Chrome product is again a premium offering. 2022 Topps Chrome Black packs contain four cards per pack. 2022 Topps Chrome Black Hobby boxes contain just one pack.

The four cards in each pack are broken down as follows:

  • 1 Encased Autograph
  • 1 Refractor
  • 2 Base cards

Hobby boxes were pre-selling for $150-175 and 12-box hobby cases are pre-selling for around $1,800.

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Topps Chrome Black 2022 base set & design

The 2022 Topps Chrome Black base set consists of 100 cards. The checklist features a mix of veterans and rookies.

Despite the small checklist, this set is going to be a tough one to put together with only two base cards per pack/box. While a nice-looking modern design with a chromium finish, the base set feels a little bit like an afterthought here. The headliners are the autographs and refractors, but the base cards should prove popular for the biggest stars, hottest rookies, and for player and team collectors.

2022 Topps Chrome Black Refractor parallels

Refractor parallels are a big part of 2022 Topps Chrome Black. All Refractor parallels in the product are serial numbered, with 199 copies being the high water mark. From there the pulls get progressively more difficult.

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Parallels versions include:

  • Refractors – /199
  • Purple Mini-Diamond Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Atomic Refractors – /99
  • Blue Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Magenta Refractors – /10
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Purple and Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors are new for 2022, with the Purple Refractor of prior years being retired.

2022 Topps Chrome Black Variations

New for 2022 are Rookie Design Variations. These are seeded 1:12 packs and have Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) parallel versions also available.

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Topps Chrome Black 2022 autographs

Autographs are seeded one per pack and are one of the big draws of 2022 Topps Chrome Black. All autographs come already encased in a TPG-like slab for their protection.

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Topps Chrome Black Autographs

Leveraging the same basic design as the base set, these autographs come with a rainbow of parallel versions.

These include:

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  • Refractors – /150
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
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Super Futures Autographs

The Super Futures Autographs highlight some of the top young talent in the game.  Base autographs here are serial-numbered to 99 copies. Refractor parallel versions include Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

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2022 Topps Chrome Black value

At a price point of $150-175 for a single four-card pack/box, 2022 Topps Chrome Black is a premium product for sure. But how do they hold their value?

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Let’s take a look at prices for hobby boxes from the two prior years of the product’s existence.

ReleaseValue
2021 Topps Chrome Black hobby box$114
2020 Topps Chrome Black hobby box $150

Interestingly, the 2021 boxes are selling for well below their initial price, while the 2020 boxes are holding their own, value-wise. This suggests that Chrome Black may not be the ideal “buy and hold” box, although the quality of the checklist likely is a driver in the value of the boxes.

Some of the high-end parallel autographs from 2020 are selling for over $1,000 on eBay, while 2021 singles are selling for far lower prices. It will be interesting to see which direction the 2022 product takes.

With newer products like this, it can take some time for them to find their niche. Or maybe this is a product where demand will differ widely year-to-year. Only time will tell.

Final thoughts on Topps Chrome Black 2022

2022 Topps Chrome Black is a high-end product with one encased autograph, one Refractor parallel, and two base cards per pack/box. While the buy-and-hold outlook may be a mixed bag, if you’ve the means and the desire to crack a high end product looking for a big hit, this product has some potential.

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2022 Topps Chrome Black Checklist

wdt_ID Set Number Player Team Rookie?
1 Base 1 Corey Seager Texas Rangers®
2 Base 2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays®
3 Base 3 Spencer Torkelson Detroit Tigers® Rookie
4 Base 4 Mike Trout Angels®
5 Base 5 Bryan De La Cruz Miami Marlins® Rookie
6 Base 6 Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins®
7 Base 7 Bo Bichette Toronto Blue Jays®
8 Base 8 Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees®
9 Base 9 Jarren Duran Boston Red Sox® Rookie
10 Base 10 Julio Rodriguez Seattle Mariners™ Rookie
11 Base 11 Kris Bryant Colorado Rockies™
12 Base 12 Kyle Lewis Seattle Mariners™
13 Base 13 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals®
14 Base 14 Seiya Suzuki Chicago Cubs® Rookie
15 Base 15 Manny Machado San Diego Padres™
16 Base 16 Hoy Park Pittsburgh Pirates® Rookie
17 Base 17 Ryan Vilade Colorado Rockies™ Rookie
18 Base 18 Shane Baz Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie
19 Base 19 Joe Ryan Minnesota Twins® Rookie
20 Base 20 Marcus Semien Texas Rangers®
21 Base 21 Ryan Mountcastle Baltimore Orioles®
22 Base 22 Matt Chapman Toronto Blue Jays®
23 Base 23 Lars Nootbaar St. Louis Cardinals® Rookie
24 Base 24 Steven Kwan Cleveland Guardians™ Rookie
25 Base 25 Luis Robert Chicago White Sox®
26 Base 26 Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies™
27 Base 27 Pete Alonso New York Mets®
28 Base 28 Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox®
29 Base 29 Reid Detmers Angels® Rookie
30 Base 30 Yordan Alvarez Houston Astros®
31 Base 31 Starling Marte New York Mets®
32 Base 32 Cal Raleigh Seattle Mariners™ Rookie
33 Base 33 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers®
34 Base 34 J.D. Martinez Boston Red Sox®
35 Base 35 Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers®
36 Base 36 Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs®
37 Base 37 Dylan Carlson St. Louis Cardinals®
38 Base 38 Oneil Cruz Pittsburgh Pirates® Rookie
39 Base 39 Seth Beer Arizona Diamondbacks® Rookie
40 Base 40 Matt Manning Detroit Tigers® Rookie
41 Base 41 Hunter Greene Cincinnati Reds® Rookie
42 Base 42 Ketel Marte Arizona Diamondbacks®
43 Base 43 Vidal Brujan Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie
44 Base 44 Rodolfo Castro Pittsburgh Pirates® Rookie
45 Base 45 Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie
46 Base 46 Jarred Kelenic Seattle Mariners™
47 Base 47 Joey Bart San Francisco Giants®
48 Base 48 Nick Madrigal Chicago Cubs®
49 Base 49 Jo Adell Angels®
50 Base 50 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds®
51 Base 51 Bobby Witt Jr. Kansas City Royals® Rookie
52 Base 52 Cristian Pache Oakland Athletics™
53 Base 53 Jose Altuve Houston Astros®
54 Base 54 Edward Cabrera Miami Marlins® Rookie
55 Base 55 Ronald Acuña Jr. Atlanta Braves™
56 Base 56 Aaron Judge New York Yankees®
57 Base 57 Brandon Marsh Philadelphia Phillies® Rookie
58 Base 58 Jake Burger Chicago White Sox® Rookie
59 Base 59 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox®
60 Base 60 Max Scherzer New York Mets®
61 Base 61 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals®
62 Base 62 Jose Ramirez Cleveland Guardians™
63 Base 63 Andrew Benintendi New York Yankees®
64 Base 64 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals®
65 Base 65 Heliot Ramos San Francisco Giants® Rookie
66 Base 66 Nolan Arenado St. Louis Cardinals®
67 Base 67 Bryce Harper Philadelphia Phillies®
68 Base 68 Ke'Bryan Hayes Pittsburgh Pirates®
69 Base 69 Christian Yelich Milwaukee Brewers™
70 Base 70 Gavin Sheets Chicago White Sox® Rookie
71 Base 71 Aaron Ashby Milwaukee Brewers™ Rookie
72 Base 72 Jeremy Pena Houston Astros® Rookie
73 Base 73 Freddie Freeman Los Angeles Dodgers®
74 Base 74 CJ Abrams Washington Nationals® Rookie
75 Base 75 Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays™
76 Base 76 Alec Bohm Philadelphia Phillies®
77 Base 77 Francisco Lindor New York Mets®
78 Base 78 Cedric Mullins Baltimore Orioles®
79 Base 79 Josh Donaldson New York Yankees®
80 Base 80 Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers®
81 Base 81 Roansy Contreras Pittsburgh Pirates® Rookie
82 Base 82 Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego Padres™
83 Base 83 Juan Yepez St. Louis Cardinals® Rookie
84 Base 84 Javier Baez Detroit Tigers®
85 Base 85 Luis Gil New York Yankees® Rookie
86 Base 86 Nick Lodolo Cincinnati Reds® Rookie
87 Base 87 Kyle Tucker Houston Astros®
88 Base 88 Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants®
89 Base 89 Trea Turner Los Angeles Dodgers®
90 Base 90 MacKenzie Gore Washington Nationals® Rookie
91 Base 91 Juan Soto San Diego Padres™
92 Base 92 Josh Lowe Tampa Bay Rays™ Rookie
93 Base 93 Bryson Stott Philadelphia Phillies® Rookie
94 Base 94 George Springer Toronto Blue Jays®
95 Base 95 Andrew Vaughn Chicago White Sox®
96 Base 96 Jonathan India Cincinnati Reds®
97 Base 97 Shohei Ohtani Angels®
98 Base 98 Corbin Burnes Milwaukee Brewers™
99 Base 99 Matt Olson Atlanta Braves™
100 Base 100 Jazz Chisholm Jr. Miami Marlins®
Set Number Player Rookie?
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Mike D. has collected cards for over 35 years, since he bought his first pack of Topps at the corner store in 1987. His fandom,  collecting interests, and contributions to Cardlines center around baseball in general and the Baseball Hall of Fame specifically.

Mike's collecting focus is centered on graded cards, mostly rookie cards, of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Lately, he's been enjoying dabbling in graded minor league cards. A collector/investor with a "buy and hold" approach, Mike takes the long-term view with his collection.

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