2011 Topps Chrome
Box Price: 80-100$
Distribution: 24 packs per box 4 cards per pack
Hits: 2 RC on card autos per box
My grade: B The parallels and inserts make this set.
Topps follows up their base sets with another loaded set and attractive card design. The regular Topps set was an excellent set for collecting and was relatively affordable, but the Chrome set uses the same base card design and solidifies the card with a gloss finish and numerous parallel refractors and inserts that truly catch the eye of the collector. One thing that chrome has always done that is a bit upsetting is they only include 4 cards per pack. if you are buying retail packs it is a bit more affordable to buy. but hobby at 5-6$ a pack for hobby packs only getting 4 cards can ultimately be a disappointment if the pack does not yield a superstar or high profile RC/parallel. Lets get to it!! here are some of the pulls from 1 $20 blaster and one jumbo pack.
you can see the basecards have the exact same design as the regular Topps set with the exception of a few players who have different poses. still a pretty card. There are some centering issues still with this set. Some cards are cut off center and really look poor but a majority are well done.
Left: Topps Chrome Heritage RC's all of which are serial #'d /1962. There are some refractor versions of these as well that are more scarce but look better.
Center and Right: vintage chrome inserts (based on the 1996 topps chrome design) of Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey.
Left: Evan Longoria chrome X-Fractor. really cool looking! picture does it no justice.
Right: Josh Beckett standard Topps Chrome Refractor.
Right: Adam Jones Orange Refractor. The Orange Refractors are only available through retail packs and are not serial #'d but are awesome looking cards none-the-less.