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Old 02-16-2012, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First look: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

First look: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

February 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

If Bowman is the home of the Rookie Card, then Topps Chrome might be the home of the diecut card.

Topps unveiled the basic product information and preview images for2012 Topps Chrome on Wednesday, and there is not one but two new diecut insert sets to chase with autographed versions in tow, too.

Oh, and there will be two autographed cards per box as well as Refractor Hot Boxes to be chase, too — one in every three cases — when it arrives on Aug. 22.




The base set will consist of 220 base cards each with autographed patch variations limited to just 10 copies as well as redemption cards good for uncut sheets. Each card will be found with Refractors and Xfractors as well as Blue, Black, Sepia, Gold, Red and Atomic Refractors, too. Hobby-only 1/1s include Superfractors and printing plates as well.

On the autographed side, the constant in Chrome is the autograph and this year’s autographed Rookie Cards will showcase at least 25 players, each signing directly on the card. Rays rookie Matt Moore and a Seattle Mariners Jesus Montero are the headliners here with the same lineup of Refractors available. The standard Refractors will be limited to 499, while the Atomics will be limited to 10.

But diecuts are not all that’s new with Chrome this year.

A new inclusion here is the Cut From the Same Cloth Autographs set — a double-sided, double-autographed card limited to just five copies apiece. One pairing, for example, will have Buster Posey and Joe Mauer, while another will have Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano.

Also new — and also diecut — are the Dynamic Diecuts cards. There will be 50 stars showcased here in this ornate, one-per-box find. Autographed versions of these cards will be limited to 25 or fewer copies.

Also new are dual autos and autographed Chrome buybacks — each limited to just 10 copies. The Buybacks will feature Rookie Cards of players who never had a signed Topps Chrome RC — notables there will include Jose Bautista, Joe Mauer, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder among others. The last new inclusion for ink are the Chrome Encounters autos, which are hobby-only and all limited to just 10 copies or less.

Some of the other autographed rookies tentatively lined up for this one include Brett Lawrie, Brad Peacock and Drew Pomeranz, while players on other autograph cards will include Albert Pujols, Lawrie, Michael Pineda, Matt Kemp, Jay Bruce, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Jose Bautista, Fielder, Justin Verlander, Ryan Braun, Eric Hosmer, Clayton Kershaw, Paul Goldschmidt and Ubaldo Jimenez to name a few.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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I like the look of them, but not sure if I'm in the minority here. It's usually my favorite product of the year anyway. They didn't make any mention of other auto parallels like the Blue, Gold, etc. I would assume they just said assumed we know about them?
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That looks solid! Seems souped up and, if the breaks are anything like this year, should be pretty sweet.
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Love this product... wish they would number all of the refractors...
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if this stays as it looks, might be my biggest case purchase ever.
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Hopefully they will take the topps bend out of the cards
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Hopefully they will take the topps bend out of the cards
2011 was quite even...I broke about seven boxes and didn't have any issues with getting stuff into toploaders. 2010? Not so much.
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I think very look very highend actually, maybe we ll see prices on 2012 topps chrome stay high similar to those of 2005 topps chrome?
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Love TC. It's looking like a case purchase.
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Looks like I'll be dipping into my savings for a couple cases.
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I like the look of them, but not sure if I'm in the minority here. It's usually my favorite product of the year anyway. They didn't make any mention of other auto parallels like the Blue, Gold, etc. I would assume they just said assumed we know about them?
Hit the link and scroll down. They have a Matt Moore Gold and show a red auto and refractor with all the die cut auto's.
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Are pink paisley, sea-foam green plaid, barber shop pole,
blue flower, and taupe refractors going to be SSP ???
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Are pink paisley, sea-foam green plaid, barber shop pole,
blue flower, and taupe refractors going to be SSP ???
u forgot the night-vision refractors and heat sensor refractors
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I can see myself dropping coin for a couple cases of this, especially with the addition of veteran autos, unlike years passed.
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what do you think the odds the vet autos will be tougher than 1 per case ?
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what do you think the odds the vet autos will be tougher than 1 per case ?
I say very good. Doesn't really matter to me, though. Simply with the addition of veteran autos AND game used, Topps has stepped up their game with the 2012 offering. I LOVED 2011 Chrome, and am sure going to enjoy this more than that.
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Probably will be a weak auto checklist, Moore & Montero will be nice but they both have plenty of auto's already. Probably why Topps decided to throw in the Vet auto's
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Probably will be a weak auto checklist, Moore & Montero will be nice but they both have plenty of auto's already. Probably why Topps decided to throw in the Vet auto's
well what's the possibility of harper and darvish beng included as a auto ? harper may make the starting team .
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Probably will be a weak auto checklist, Moore & Montero will be nice but they both have plenty of auto's already. Probably why Topps decided to throw in the Vet auto's
If you would have kept reading, it stats:

Some of the other rookies include: Brett Lawrie, Brad Peacock, and Drew Pomeranz.
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Probably will be a weak auto checklist, Moore & Montero will be nice but they both have plenty of auto's already. Probably why Topps decided to throw in the Vet auto's


yeah i just dont see any thing that stands out here
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Sitting this one out, just like base 2012. Not a fan of the design, and I've never been a fan of die cuts. Might buy some singles off of you all though.
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yeah i hate die cuts
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