2013 Topps Chrome

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  1. Taliasen

    Taliasen Collecting Rickey Henderson and Sean Casey. Moderator

    2013 Topps Chrome
    Per Box Items:
    24 packs per box
    4 cards per pack
    2 autographs per box

    The 245 card set base cards are standard issue size. The cards are similar to the 2013 Topps base set release in design. The silver bordered chrome finish card fronts feature a color action shot of the named player. The card fronts have the player name and team logo at the bottom. The card fronts are trimmed with the team's primary color. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in design. The backs include moderate biographical information, a 'career chase' statistic, complete career statistics, and brief career highlights or a player quote. The backs are also trimmed with the team's primary color.

    What I Pulled:
    96 unique cards, no duplicates
    75 base set cards
    3 die-cut inserts
    14 refractors
    2 serial numbered refractors
    2 autograph cards

    Base card front and back:

    Inserts and refractors: (not all scanned)
    Asdrubal Cabrera Sepia refractor #/75
    Josh Hamilton Blue refractor #/199
    Miguel Cabrera 1972 refractor
    Miguel Cabrera Dynamic Skill die-cut insert
    Stephen Strasburg and Matt Holiday Close Connection die-cuts

    The Hits:
    Christian Yelich RC autograph
    Rob Brantly Black refractor autograph, silver ink variation #/25


    I really like the design of this year's Topps cards. The very simple and clean design is very appealing. I think that the photography from Topps has really improved over the past couple of years. Topps again uses occasional horizontal card fronts when the shot dictates. Topps has issued several short print variation cards of players. In addition to the very popular refractors we see sepia and blue serial numbered refractors. I really enjoy the these and design of the two die-cut inserts sets. The autograph variations will prove to be a fun chase. Unlike previous issues, there was little to know chrome curl with these cards. Which made this collector very happy!

    The Bottom Line:
    I give 2013 Topps Series 1 a buy rating. You will need three boxes with perfect collation and some light trading to complete the base set. Not outrageously priced for this always popular set should make it worth it though! Buy a box and trade your Tigers cards to me!

    The Final Score:
    Final Ratings (Out of 10):
    Base set collect-ability: 3/10
    Big-hit Hunter: 8/10
    Prospector Hunter: 10/10
    Value: 8/10
    Overall Quality: 10/10

    Overall: 39/50 (78% = C)
    The big draw back here is that set collectors will need to spend a little money money to finish it.

    Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!
  2. Leafsfan1967

    Leafsfan1967 Well-Known Member

    Not a baseball fan any more, but some nice looking cards there. Love the looks of the Brantly auto. Looks sharp! Pretty sure Randy will be all over those Miguel Cabrera cards, lol. Thanks for sharing with us.
  3. ranbethscards

    ranbethscards NASCAR products are back baby!!!!! oh yeah! Moderator

    I echo Troy's comments.... especially the Brantly Autograph!
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