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2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball Is Back; A Guide To The Checklist [Checklist Added]

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball

Topps Chrome Black is an interesting set. It’s an affordable premium set. It’s a Chrome set that’s not related to the other Chrome sets.

It’s stylized and has plenty of chromium and Refractors, but is a streamlined product as well.

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball continues this tradition of straightforward, shiny, affordable elegance. But what will collectors find inside 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball?

What is the release format? What are the hits? And are they worth a break?

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2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball release date & release format

The release date for 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball is scheduled for December 15, 2023 (subject to change).

Each hobby box of 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball contains a single pack per box. The single pack contains four cards per pack. Hobby cases contain 12 boxes per case.

Each hobby box of 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball contains one encased autograph per box. One of the four cards in each box is a Refractor parallel. 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball hobby boxes are pre-selling for $140-170.

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2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball base set & design

The base set of 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball consists of 100 cards. The checklist consists of a mix of stars and rookies.

While the product carries the Chrome title, it is not like the other Chrome products from 2023. While it’s got the Chrome shine and Refractor parallels, the design is different and the overall vibe is a bit more high-end, with only four cards per box.  

The design features stylized modern background patterns on a dark background.

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball

Topps Chrome Black Baseball 2023 parallels & variations

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball offers one Refractor parallel per four-card pack/box.

Parallels include:

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

Select rookies also get Rookie Design Variations, which are a tough pull at roughly one per case. Parallels include Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball autographs

Autographs are a big part of the appeal of 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball, with 25% of each box being inked (ok, so it’s just of 1 of 4 cards, but still).

The autographs come in three different offerings, all of which come encased in a hard plastic holder.

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Topps Chrome Black Autographs are similar in design to the base set. Parallels include Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1)

Super Futures Autographs are numbered out of 99 copies, and focus on some of the best young stars in the game. Parallels include Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1).

Topps Chrome Ivory Autographs offer a color contrast to the standard Black with a white color theme. These come with varying production numbers. Gold Trim (/25), Red Trim (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) parallels are also available.

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball value

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball is an interesting product. It’s an “affordable premium” product that is high on gloss, yet streamlined.

Topps Chrome Black Baseball value hobby boxes

But are they a good candidate to buy and hold unopened? What do recent sales of hobby boxes from the last few years tell us?

YearRecent Hobby Box Comp
2023$140-170
2022$180-190
2021$100-125
2020$100-130


The prices are a bit all over the place, suggesting these may not be the best candidates as “buy and hold” candidates, either short or long-term. These feel like they are made to break.

Topps Chrome Black Baseball singles

In terms of singles, what is the potential here? Let’s take a look at recent sales of 2022 Topps Chrome Black Baseball cards in PSA 10 slabs to see what the high water mark is.

Not surprisingly, the highest dollar sales are rare cards of MVP’s Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna Jr. and young sensation Julio Rodriguez.

These include the following cards:

CardValue comp
2022 Topps Cosmic Chrome Acuna JR. Black Eclipse Refractor Auto /10 at $1,625
2022 Shohei Ohtani Topps Black Chrome Gold Refractor Auto /50$1,275
2022 Topps Chrome Black Julio Rodriguez Green Refractor Auto /99 at $1,100$930

Prices head south from there fairly quickly. But, it shows us that for a buy-in around $150, there’s some considerable potential upside with singles.

With only four cards per box, the odds aren’t great, so do your research, do the math, and stick to your budget…but there’s value potential here.

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Final thoughts on Topps Chrome Black Baseball 2023

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball offers straightforward, shiny, affordable elegance. There are only four cards per box, but the buy-in price offers some potential upside.

If they fit in your budget and your level of risk tolerance, you can do a lot worse than 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball for a quick break.

What’s your take on the 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball? Planning to break a box? What hits have you excited?  Let us know at card_lines on Twitter.

2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball Checklist

Check out the full 2023 Topps Chrome Black baseball checklist, searchable and customizable.

2023 Topps Black

wdt_ID Set Card Number Player Team Rookie?
1 Base 1 Aaron Judge New York Yankees®
2 Base 2 Shohei Ohtani Angels®
3 Base 3 Xander Bogaerts San Diego Padres™
4 Base 4 Paul Goldschmidt St. Louis Cardinals®
5 Base 5 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds®
6 Base 6 Seiya Suzuki Chicago Cubs®
7 Base 7 Miguel Vargas Los Angeles Dodgers® Rookie
8 Base 8 Gerrit Cole New York Yankees®
9 Base 9 Jose Altuve Houston Astros®
10 Base 10 Matt McLain Cincinnati Reds® Rookie
Set Card Number Player Team Rookie?

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Mike D.

Mike D

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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