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2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball: The Sophomore Space-Themed Release

After debuting with its space theme and chromium finish in 2022, Cosmic Chrome is back for 2023.

But what does the sophomore offering that is 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome offer to collectors? And is it going to have collectors over the moon or feeling like they fell into a black hole?

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Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball 2023 release date & release formats

The release date of 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball is scheduled for August 30, 2023 (subject to change).

Hobby packs of 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome contain 4 cards per pack. Hobby boxes of 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome contain 20 packs per box.

Pre-orders on Topps.com sold out quickly when they came available on August 3 at a pre-sale price of $250 per hobby box. Boxes are already showing up on the secondary market (again, as pre-sales) in the $425-450 range.

2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome 2023 baseball base set and design

The 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome base set consists of 200 cards. 2023 marks the sophomore season for 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome. Much like the 2022 Topps Cosmic Chrome debut, the 2023 offering features space-inspired designs with plenty of color.

If you’re a fan of cards with flashy backgrounds and chromium finish, this is likely to be one you enjoy.

The checklist consists of a mix of current major leaguers and rookies. The smaller checklist means that the base set is a bit more star-heavy than some of the larger checklists out there.

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2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Base Set Design

2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball parallels

Collectors will find 10 levels of base parallels in 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome. They range from the fairly easy-to-find to tough 1/1 Superfractors. While the parallels follow a fairly normal color theme, their “official” names lend a bit of intergalactic fun to the proceedings.

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Parallels include:

  • Refractors – 1:10 packs
  • Nucleus Refractors – 1:15 packs
  • Aqua Equinox Refractors – /199
  • Blue Moon Refractors – /99
  • Green Space Dust Refractors – /75
  • Gold Interstellar Refractors – /50
  • Orange Galactic Refractors – /25
  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Blue Moon Refractor

Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball 2023 inserts

The insert offerings in 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome range from the fairly easy pulls to the downright scarce. Regardless of the rarity, they back up the space theme in some “out of this world” ways, and should be fun hits.

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Star Clusters

Seeded 1:4 packs, these feature three stars from a single team, providing a constellation of sorts of pure star power.

Parallels include:

  • Gold Interstellar Refractors – /50 (1:1,287 packs)
  • Orange Galactic Refractors – /25 (1:2,567 packs)
  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:6,373 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:12,657 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:61,598 packs)
2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Star Clusters

Extraterrestrial Talent

Some of the biggest talents, who are truly “out of this world” are captured on these inserts which are seeded 1:5 packs.

Parallels include:

  • Blue Moon Refractors – /99 (1:391 packs)
  • Gold Interstellar Refractors – /50 (1:773 packs)
  • Orange Galactic Refractors – /25 (1:1,546 packs)
  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:3,850 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:7,637 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:36,959 packs)

Launched Into Orbit

Seeded 1:10 packs, these bring the power. The die-cut design adds a bit of a different feel to these.

Parallels include:

  • Gold Interstellar Refractors – /50 (1:967 packs)
  • Orange Galactic Refractors – /25 (1:1,929 packs)
  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:4,813 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:9,526 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:46,198 packs)

Stars in the Night

Shining as bright as the stars on a clear night, these MLB stars get the star treatment. Seeded 1:20 packs.

Parallels include:

  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:3,850 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:7,637 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:36,959 packs)

Planetary Pursuit

New for 2023, these Short Print (SP) inserts are based on the planets in the solar system. The base Sun versions are seeded an already tough 1:120 packs, and the hits get harder from there.

Other planets include:

  • Mercury – (1:480 packs)
  • Venus – (1:721 packs)
  • Earth – (1:1,200 packs)
  • Mars – (1:1,680 packs)
  • Jupiter – (1:4,813 packs)
  • Saturn – (1:9,625 packs)
  • Uranus – (1:20,087 packs)
  • Neptune – (1:34,221 packs)
  • Pluto – (1:43,999 packs)
2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Planetary Pursuit

Stella Nova

Another Short Print (SP) insert, Stella Nova inserts are seeded at a tough 1:240 packs. These are die-cut, and of course, continue the space theme.

Parallels include:

  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:6,373 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:12,657 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:61,598 packs)
2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Stella Nova

Supernova

Upping the ante even further, Supernova inserts are seeded every 1:387 packs. This makes these die-cut cards another tough Short Print (SP) insert.

Parallels include:

  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:3,850 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:7,637 packs)

Superfractors – 1/1 (1:36,959 packs)

Tacofractors

After making their debut in 2023 Topps Chrome, Tacofractors make their way into Cosmic Chrome. These are limited to only 5 copies each and after being shrouded in mystery, we now know collectors have the chance to score lifetime tacos if they hold tacofractors of players still in the playoffs . Depending on how you feel about that or taco fractor you old, those cards could either tank or increase in value.

The tall odds on these work out to 1:1,929 packs.

The 2023 Topps Chrome release also contains another Tacofractor easter egg with “Wild Cards,” which are numbered to 5, a very rare indeed.

2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball autographs

While 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome contains autographs, they are not a guaranteed box hit, and are quite tough pulls. That rarity should make them a popular hit and increase demand on the secondary market.

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Cosmic Chrome Autographs

The primary autograph offering in the product is the Cosmic Chrome Autographs, which leverage the base set design. Seeded a tough 1:173 packs (1:8 boxes) don’t count on pulling one of these when doing your value proposition on a box.

Parallels include:

  • Green Space Dust Refractors – /75
  • Gold Interstellar Refractors – /50
  • Orange Galactic Refractors – /25
  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Black Eclipse Refractor Auto

Extraterrestrial Talent Autographs

Select cards from the Extraterrestrial Talent insert set get autographed versions. Seeded 1:366 packs, these are a tough pull.

Parallels include:

  • Gold Interstellar Refractors – /50 (1:901 packs)
  • Orange Galactic Refractors – /25 (1:1,802 packs)
  • Black Eclipse Refractors – /10 (1:4,486 packs)
  • Red Flare Refractors – /5 (1:8,971 packs)
  • Superfractors – 1/1 (1:43,999 packs)
2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Extraterrestrial Talent Autographs

Launched Into Orbit Autographs

Select cards from the Launched Into Orbit insert set also have autographs versions. These are a super-tough pull at 1:2,227 packs.

2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Launched Into Orbit Autographs

2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball value

Topps Cosmic Chrome is only in its second year of existence, so there’s not a long history here to consider. That being said, what can the current value of 2022 Cosmic Chrome tell us about how these may hold their value?

YearRecent Comp
2023$425-450 (pre-sell)
2022$525-600

While it’s too early to come to any conclusions on the long-term value of Cosmic Chrome, it is clear the product is popular with collectors. Despite autographs being a tough pull, hobby boxes from last year are still in high demand.

In terms of singles, a look at 2022 Topps Cosmic Chrome cards in PSA 10 slabs shows key autographed cards selling for significant sums.

For example, a Black Eclipse Refractor Julio Rodriguez Auto (/10) sold for $7,000 recently. While that’s the high water mark, an impressive number of 2022 Topps Cosmic Chrome cards have sold of late for over $1,000 in a PSA 10 slab.

These are the rarer autograph parallels of top rookies and superstars, but cards selling in that range show there’s some real value here. Of course, the odds of pulling some of those cards are quite long, so educate yourself, know the risk, and stay within your collecting budget.

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Final thoughts on 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome Baseball

2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome looks like a worthy follow-up to the brand’s 2022 debut. While autographs are tough hits, they should provide some real value for those lucky enough to pull one. The card design and inserts bring a lot of chrome and a fun space theme.

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2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome checklist

Full 2023 Topps Cosmic Chrome checklist coming soon.

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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