2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball: Vintage Meets Ultra-Modern

May 9, 2023

A vintage-themed product with an ultra-modern feel, 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is a set that’s only in its second year of existence.

What should collectors expect from the product? What are the hits to be found? And wait, did you say 2022?

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2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball release date & release formats

The release date for 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is scheduled for June 7, 2023 (subject to change). Yes, a 2022 product dropping in June, 2023. A bit crazy.

2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball comes in two formats, Hobby and Hobby LITE (aka retail blaster).

Both Hobby and Hobby LITE packs contain 4 cards per pack. Hobby boxes contain 24 packs per box, while Hobby LITE boxes contain 16 packs per box. A hobby case contains 12 boxes per case, while Hobby LITE cases contain 16 boxes.

Collectors will find one autographed card per hobby box. Hobby LITE boxes have no guaranteed autograph hits but do contain do contain retail-only Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors seeded 1:4 packs.

Hobby boxes are pre-selling in the $105-110 range, while Hobby LITE boxes are pre-selling for around $60.

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2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball base set & design

In only its second year of production, 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is an interesting case study in contradictions. It’s a vintage-themed design that pays homage to the classic 1953 Topps design (following the 2022 version using the 1952 Topps design).

Yet the cards have a metallic chromium shine to them and there is a rainbow of parallels. So, it’s a very modern feeling vintage product.

Also, the base set clocks in at a whopping 500 cards. With only four cards per pack, this isn’t the product for set builders. Despite the June, 2023 release date, this is technically a 2022 product, so the product contains late rookie cards of a number of interesting players.

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These include:

Will collectors give these rookie cards as much attention (and value) as those actually released in 2022? Time will tell, but I’d expect they may not be held in the same esteem as early 2022 products.

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2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball parallels & variations

Despite the retro-inspired design, 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is undoubtedly an ultra-modern product. If you don’t believe me, check out the list of parallels available.

In addition, select cards get SP Image Variations.

Parallels include:

  • Refractors – 1:4 packs
  • Black and White Mini-Diamond Refractors – 1:4 (retail only)
  • X-Fractors – 1:24 packs
  • Aqua Lava Refractors – /299
  • Yellow RayWave Refractors – /250
  • Blue Mini-Diamond Refractors – /199
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Fuchsia Atomic Refractors – /199 (hobby only)
  • Platinum Toile White/Blue Refractors – /199
  • Speckle Refractors – /150
  • Atomic Refractors – /100
  • Fuchsia Atomic Refractors – /100 (hobby only)
  • Green Wave Refractors – /99
  • Platinum Toile White/Green Refractors – /99
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Rose Gold Refractor – /75
  • Rose Gold Refractors – /75
  • Rose Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Gold Refractors – /50 (hobby only)
  • Platinum Toile White/Orange Refractor – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25
  • Black Refractors – /10
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Black Refractors – /10
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Lava Refractors – /5 (hobby only)
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball autographs

Beyond the parallels, autographs are the other non-base “hit” included in 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball. There are no traditional “inserts” or other chase cards.

Autographs use the same design as the base cards, paying homage to the classic 1953 Topps design.

Autographs are found one per hobby box. Hobby LITE boxes do not have any autographs except for retail-exclusive Pink parallels, which are a tough hit with only 15 copies of each.

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2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball
Pink Autograph Parallel

Parallels include:

  • Refractors (/199)
  • Aqua Refractors (/150)
  • Blue Prism Refractors (/99, hobby only)
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Blue Refractors (/99)
  • Gold Refractors (/50)
  • Orange Refractors (/25)
  • Pink Parallels (/15, retail only)
  • Black Refractors (/10)
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Red Refractors (/5)
  • Red Refractors (/5)
  • Superfractors (1/1)

2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball value

2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is only the second year of the product, so we don’t have any opportunity to look at historical data to see how these may hold their value long-term in unopened form.

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But we can look at 2021 and get a taste for the potential of this product as a short-term “buy and hold” candidate.

Year / ProductComp Price
2022 Hobby Box$105-110
2022 Hobby LITE Box$60
2021 Hobby Box$100-110
2021 Hobby LITE Box$45-60

As you can see, 2021 boxes are selling for roughly the same to slightly less than the 2022 pre-sale prices. That suggests the product may hold most of its value, but is perhaps not a great candidate to increase significantly in value.

From a singles perspective, the real value is in the rarest of the parallels and autograph parallels. In PSA 9 and 10 slabs, several 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball have sold for between $400-750.

The high water mark I’m seeing is a Red Refractor Juan Soto Auto 3/5 PSA 10 that went for $760. A number of non-auto Nolan Ryan rarer parallels have sold in the $300-500 range. A few other big names, including Mike Trout, fall into the mix, as well.

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Final thoughts on 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball

2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Baseball is an interesting product. A 2022 product that’s arriving six months into 2023. A vintage-themed set with all the ultra-modern touches. A crazy array of parallels, and some autographs, but not a lot of other things to chase. A very large base set for what it is.

Will this product find its niche? Or will it fall flat with collectors? I think for a reasonable buy-in price, there’s some moderate value potential here and a fun mix of vintage and modern.

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