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Everything You Need To Know About 2023 Topps Chrome Baseball [Checklist Added]

2023 Topps Chrome is always one of the most anticipated releases of the year. After controversial issues marred the releases of 2022 Topps Chrome and 2022 Topps Chrome Update, Topps/Fanatics is hopefully feeling they have something to prove with the 2023 release.

What will collectors find in 2023 Topps Chrome? What are the hits? And is it worth breaking?

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2023 Topps Chrome release date and release formats

The scheduled release date for 2023 Topps Chrome is July 26, 2023 (subject to change).

Topps Chrome will be released in a number of different formats, each with its own hit rates and pack/box layouts.

Hobby boxes contain 24 packs per box. Each hobby pack contains 4 cards per pack. Hobby cases contain 12 hobby boxes per case. Currently, Hobby boxes are pre-selling for between $140-150.

Hobby Jumbo boxes contain 12 packs per box. These jumbo packs contain 12 cards per pack. There are 8 jumbo boxes in a jumbo hobby case. Hobby Jumbo boxes are pre-selling for $360.

On the retail side, Blaster Value boxes contain 8 packs per box. These retail packs each contain 4 cards per pack. Blaster cases contain 40 Blaster boxes.

In terms of hits, you’ll find one autograph per hobby box and three autographs per Jumbo box. Blaster Value boxes don’t have any autograph guarantees, but include retail-exclusive parallels.

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2023 Topps Chrome base set and design

The 2023 Topps Chrome base set uses the design from the 2023 Topps flagship product, but with a chromium finish. While the base Topps set consists of 660 cards across two series, the Chrome version limits the checklist to only 220.

The checklist, made up of veterans and rookies, tends towards the top names in the game. Star power abounds here.

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2023 Topps Chrome parallels

The wide variety of parallel offerings in 2023 Topps Chrome are truly staggering. There’s a lot for collectors to chase, and they range from the fairly easy to pull to the super rare.

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The parallels include:

  • Refractors – 1:3 packs
  • Negative Refractors
  • Prism Refractors – 1:6 packs
  • Pink Refractors – 2 per blaster box
  • Sepia Refractors – 2 per blaster box
  • X-Fractors – 10 per monster box
  • Magenta Refractors – /399
  • Magenta Speckle Refractors – /350
  • Purple Speckle Refractors – /299
  • Sonar Purple Refractors – /275
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Aqua Refractors – /199
  • Aqua Lava Refractors – /199
  • Blue Refractors – /150
  • Sonar Blue Refractors – /125
  • Green Refractors – /99
  • Green Wave Refractors – /99 (hobby and jumbo only)
  • Sonar Green Refractors – /99
  • Blue Wave Refractors – /75 (hobby and jumbo only)
  • Gold Refractors – /50
  • Gold Wave Refractors – /50 (hobby and jumbo only)
  • Orange Refractors – /25 (hobby only)
  • Orange Wave Refractors – /25 (hobby and jumbo only)
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Red Wave Refractors – /5 (hobby and jumbo only)
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
  • Superfractors – 1/1

2023 Topps Chrome Image Variations & Super Short Prints (SSP)

Select base cards get short-printed Image Variation versions. Image Variations also are available as Green Speckle (/99), Gold Speckle (/50), Orange Speckle (/25), Red Speckle (/5) and Superfractor (1/1) parallels.

There is also Super Short Print (SSP) available in the product. These include Sub-Zero FrozenFractor Variation, which are numbered to just 5 copies each.

2023 Topps Chrome inserts

There are a number of good-looking insert offerings in 2023 Topps Chrome. Several of them are new for 2023.

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1988 Topps Baseball

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the junk wax classic 1988 Topps set, this insert set features 20 cards. The checklist consists of some of the biggest stars and hottest rookie cards in the game.

Parallels include Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).

Future Stars

Another 20-card offering, this one highlighting some of the best young players in the game.

Parallels include Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).

Hidden Gems

New for 2023, this offering is very limited. Not much is yet known about them. I guess because they’re hidden.

Let’s Go

Also new for 2023, and also very limited with not a lot of info yet available. We do know that the set has 15 cards and that these have Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1) parallels available.

Radiating Rookies

Very limited insert set that features some of the top rookies. The checklist consists of 20 cards. These hobby exclusives also have Superfractors (1/1) parallels available.

Topps Chrome Exposé

New for 2023, these are limited to only copies each. Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1) parallels are also out there.

Topps Chrome Titans

Another offering new for 2023, these celebrate players who are larger than life in the cities they represent.

Parallels include Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).

Topps in Technicolor

These new-for-2023 cards put players’ names in full Technicolor, ready for the silver screen.

Parallels include Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).

Ultraviolet All-Stars

Inspired by blacklights, these cards feature the work on artist Mitch O’Connell. The 15-card checklist features current and former stars.

Parallels include Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), and Superfractors (1/1).

Youthquake

With a 50-card checklist, these feature some of the hottest young players in the game today.

TacoFractor

What’s a TacoFractor? In short, cards that you can redeem for lifetime tacos. The do know that the checklist consists of 200 cards, and they’re limited to only 5 copies each. If you hold a Tacofractor a player who steals the first base during the World Series, you will win a $15,000 Tacobell gift card. Check here to see what Tacofractors are most likely to score lifetime tacos.

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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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