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2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Checklist: Melding Modern With Vintage

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary

Some products have a vintage feel. Some feature shiny surfaces and glittery parallels associated with the ultra-modern. But sometimes, a product offers a bit of both. 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary is just such a product.

But what will collectors find in 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary? What are the release details and hits? And are they worth breaking?

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2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary release date & release format

The release date for 2023 Topps Chrome Premium is Anniversary scheduled for May 22, 2024 (subject to change).

Hobby Boxes of 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary contain 24 packs per box. Hobby Packs contain 4 cards per pack. There are 12 hobby boxes per hobby case.

Retail Blaster Boxes, called Value Boxes, contain 8 packs of 4 cards each. Pre-sales of Blaster Boxes have been for around $30 per Blaster box. Collectors will find three Exclusive Prism Refractor Parallels per Value Box!

Collectors will find one autograph per hobby box. Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary are pre-selling for between $125 and $140.

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2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary base set & design

The base set of 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary contains 500 cards. The design is an interesting blend of past and present, with the classic vintage 1954 Topps design in the spotlight.

The design features a large player portrait with a smaller, black-and-white “action” shot of the player. While Chrome Platinum isn’t a Heritage branded product, it has been following the Topps designs of the past, and this being its third year, 1954 Topps gets the spotlight.

The entire retro feel gets a blast of the present, with a chromium finish and Retrofractor parallels.

Speaking of past and present, the checklist consists of a mix of current major league veterans, 2023 rookies, and stars from the past.

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2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary parallels and variations

The vintage design of the 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary gets a blast of the ultra-modern in the form of an army of Refractor parallels.

Parallels include:

  • Refractors – 1:4 packs
  • X-Fractors – 1:24 packs (hobby only)
  • Topps Refractors – /499
  • Blue Mini-Diamond Refractors – /199
  • Speckle Refractors – /150
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Fuchsia Lava Refractors – /100 (hobby only)
  • Green Wave Refractors – /99
  • Platinum Toile White/Green Refractors – /99
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Rose Gold Refractors – /75
  • Rose Gold Refractors – /75
  • Rose Gold Mini-Diamond Refractors – /75
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Wave Refractors – /50 (hobby only)
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Gold Refractors – /50
  • Platinum Toil Gold/Rose Refractors – /50
  • Orange Refractors – /25
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25 (hobby only)
  • Platinum Toile White/Orange 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

Retail Blaster boxes will also contain exclusive Prism Refractor parallels, although print run numbers have not yet been released.

Select cards also get short-printed (SP) Image Variations.

New this year are 1954 Topps Chrome City Variations. These feature iconic city backgrounds on select cards from the set. These are only available in special four-card packs which are randomly inserted in boxes, at a rate of roughly one per case. Refractors packs are seeded 1:10 cases.

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary autographs

Autographs, which fall one per hobby box, are signed on-card and maintain the 1954 Topps design.

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Autograph 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 (hobby only)
  • Pink Refractors – /15 (hobby only)
  • Black Refractors – /10
  • Platinum Toile Cream/Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary value

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary is a newer product that brings both retro and ultra-modern vibes. But is this a good product to buy-and-hold unopened with the hope of profiting?

Let’s look at recent comps for hobby boxes from the last few years to see what they can tell us.

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YearRecent Comp Price
2023$125-140
2022$130-185
2021$70-100

Between the short life of the product and the fact that prices are a bit all over the place, it’s tough to call these a good product to buy and hold. If you believe in the product, go for it, but there’s not a lot of info to go on here.

In terms of singles, what is the potential gain here? Let’s look at what 2022 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary can tell us.

The high water mark was a 1/1 Superfractor Autograph of Bryce Harper, which sold for $2,500 in a PSA 9 slab. A 1/1 Superfactor of Bo Jackson sold for around $1,200. A raw Pink Autograph of Shohei Ohtani sold for $930 and a PSA 10 1/1 Superfractor of Carl Yastrzemski sold for $900.

So, there certainly appears to be some opportunity for value here, with the 1/1 Superfractors and rarer autograph parallels offering some real value.

With many cards selling for between $200 and $800, the opportunity to get good ROI on a box appears to be here, although is far from guaranteed.

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary pros & cons

All products have pros and cons that need to be considered before spending your hard-earned hobby budget on them. 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary is no different, but what are some of the things to keep in mind when making your decision?

Pros

  • Leveraging the 1954 Topps design, but with ultra-modern touches such as chromium and Superfractor parallels, these offer a little something for everyone. They’re nice looking cards, to boot.
  • There appears to be an opportunity for some ROI with the product, which is helped by the fairly low buy-in price.

Cons

  • It’s weird that these are a 2023 product releasing in May of 2024, right? The excitement over the rookie cards in this product may be tempered somewhat by this.
  • The 500-card checklist, while a boon for set builders, means the concentration of stars is lower than that of a smaller set. A lot of uninspiring parallels will be pulled from this product.

Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary has a lot going on. It’s a 2023 product released deep into 2024. It’s a vintage-themed product not branded as Heritage, but with ultra-modern touches. There appears to be some potential for ROI here, with a reasonable buy-in price. You’re unlikely to get an earth-shaking hit, but these feel like nice cards.

What’s your take on 2023 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary? Looking forward to breaking a hobby box? Going to buy some retail?

Or is this a product you’ll be skipping? Tell us what you think at card_lines on Twitter.

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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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