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2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball Brings The Black And An Early Season Taste of Chrome

Topps Chrome Black is a popular and anticipated product release every year. But if you’re thinking “didn’t we just see Topps Chrome Black?” you’re right. 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball dropped back in mid-December.

But here we are in April looking at 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball dropping. Topps has moved the product from a late-in-the-year release to an early release. So, if you’re a Chrome Black fan…here’s another dose!

But what will collectors find in 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball? What are the hits to chase? And do they offer good value?

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball release date & release format

The release date for 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball was April 17, 2024.

Hobby boxes of 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball contain a single pack per box. Each hobby pack contains 4 cards per pack. There are twelve hobby boxes per hobby case.

Each four card box contains one autographed card, one parallel, and two base cards.

Hobby boxes of 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball have been pre-selling for between $140 and $175.

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball base set & design

The base set of 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball consists of 100 cards. With just two base card per box, this is not the product for set builders.

The cards feature a premium feel and chromium finish. The backgrounds are also stylized and give the cards touch of color. Vintage purists may not be impressed, but these are a nice looking card.

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball parallels & variations

Parallels fall one per box/pack, and cover a dozen different flavors with a variety of levels of scarcity.

Parallels include:

  • Refractors
  • 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
  • Rose Gold Wave Refractors – /15
  • Magenta Refractors – /10
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Superfractors – 1/1

Rookie Design Variations are seeded a tough 1:12 boxes, with even tougher parallels available in the form of Red Refractors (/5) and 1/1 Superfractors.

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball inserts

Depth of Darkness is a new insert for 2024, which is a very tough pull at 1:60 packs. Red Refractors (/5) and 1/1 Superfractors are also available.

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball autographs

Autographs, which fall one per pack/box, are a big part of the draw of 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball. All autographs in 2024 Topps Chrome Black come encased in a one-touch plastic holder.

Chrome Black Autographs are the largest autograph offering in the product, and sport a design that is similar to the base set design. 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).

Ivory Autographs change things up with a white theme instead of the black theme the rest of the product sports. All are serial numbered, with Gold Trim (/25), Red Trim (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) parallels also available.

Pitch Black Pairings Dual Autographs are new for 2024 and feature two autographs. Parallels include Gold Trim (/20), Red Trim (/5) and Superfractor (1/1).

Super Futures Autographs feature exciting young players and are limited to only 99 copies each. Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfractors (1/1) parallels are also available.

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball value

2024 Topps Chrome Black is a higher-end chromium product that is a quick break. But are they good candidates to buy and hold unopened? Let’s see what recent comp prices for hobby boxes from the last few years can tell us.

YearRecent Hobby Box Comp Price
2024$140-175
2023$140-160
2022$140-160
2021$100-125
2020$100-130

These cards appear to hold their value fairly well, but haven’t shown any trend towards increasing in value. That suggests these are likely not the best candidates to buy and hold unopened.

But what about singles? Look at recent 2023 Topps Chrome Black Baseball comps to see the high-end potential. The high water mark is a 2023 Topps Chrome Black Aaron Judge SuperFractor Auto 1/1 White Ivory, which sold for $2,358.

A Shohei Ohtani auto-numbered out of 5 sold for $2,250. And a 2023 Topps Chrome Black Michael Harris II Super Futures 1/1 sold for $2,050. There are quite a few more cards sold for between $1,000 and $2,000.

So, there’s some upside with these cards. While not guaranteed, there’s at least a chance at good ROI on a break. Again, this is far from a sure thing, though, with some 2023 Topps Chrome Black autographs selling for as little as a couple of dollars.

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball pros & cons

All products have pros and cons that need to be considered before spending your hard-earned hobby budget on them. 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball is no different, but what should you keep in mind when deciding?

Pros

  • These are really nice looking cards, with premium stock, chromium finish, and stylized designs.
  • With one autograph and one parallel in a 4-card box, you’re guaranteed a couple of hits without fluff.
  • 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball is a streamlined product, with only 4 cards per box and enough parallel, insert, and auto offerings without it feeling like TOO many.
  • While far from guaranteed, there’s a chance at some good ROI with this product. The top hits should carry significant value compared to the buy-in price on the product.

Cons

  • At $140-175 for four cards, there’s not a lot of chances to make your money back.
  • With two base cards per box, this is not a product for set builders.
  • Will there be any Chrome Black fatigue with 2023’s version just dropping in December? How will fans react to it as an early-season product? Is it weird that Chrome Black comes before standard Chrome on the calendar?

Final thoughts on 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball

2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball is a nice-looking, premium product providing a quick break and some potential for good ROI.

It’s far from inexpensive considering you get just 4 cards per box, and it’s a little weird to see it this early in the season, but 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball feels like a product that should be popular with collectors, with good reason.

What’s your take on 2024 Topps Chrome Black Baseball? Does it feel like a winner? Planning to break a box? How do you feel about the shift to an early-season release? Tell us about it at Cardlines 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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