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hdjstuff
09-16-2011, 12:14 PM
2011 Topps Chrome - M L B

24 packs - 4 cards per pack
2 "on Card" autos per box ----- YEAH!!!

I received the following:

74 unique base cards - set is 220
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Topps Chrome is very similar to previous years issues. I believe it's time to have full bleed pictures and no border. The high gloss front has a sharp digital picture AND very little if any 'chrome curl'!!!! I don't know what Topps did to eliminate the curl, but THANK YOU! The reverse is the same as the base Topps set issued earlier in the year.

Inserts

Refractors

Refractors/XFractors

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e63/hdjstuff/img046.jpg

8 Refractors and 1 Xfractor (#ed to 225 - on the reverse!!:) )

I especially like the refractors this year - the border is silver and the card is very distinctive.

Black Border/Sepia parallels

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e63/hdjstuff/img047.jpg

Hudson #ed to 100
Sizemore #ed to 99

Vintage Chrome

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e63/hdjstuff/img049.jpg
Kemp, Braun, Utley, Gonzales

Heritage Chrome

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e63/hdjstuff/img048.jpg

Ethier, Markakis, Morel, Jeter #ed to 1962
Teixeira #ed to 562

Autos

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e63/hdjstuff/img050.jpg

Carlos Peguero
Alex Cobb

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Topps Chrome - good issue for the set builder. The various parallels also make this issue good for the player collector - black, refractor, xfractors, blue, purple and orange (not all colors are available in the hobby boxes - some are in the retail boxes.) Even with a full bleed picture, a color of some sort could be added - maybe a very thin line around the edge?

The Vintage Chrome - unimpressive - they just don't look real crisp.

The autos - how sweet it is!! Blue Sharpee - ON THE CARD - they look excellent!:) The card is specifically designed for the auto - good design!

The 1962 design in chrome seems to be a pretty popular insert. The are numbered - on the reverse - as they should be - and the collector that completes the set will know that they have a very exclusive set - one of 1962 or 562 (refractor set.)

Overall grade A the on the card auto saves the set from just one of the crowd.

Go buy several boxes and send all of the Rays autos, and parallels to me!

Duane

HoosierBuddy
09-16-2011, 01:01 PM
Did you get any Kinsler?

slavlite
09-16-2011, 01:15 PM
Nice review Duane, Would love a shot at the Sizemore for my 12 year old cousin. He is starting a Player Collection.

hdjstuff
09-16-2011, 01:23 PM
Nice review Duane, Would love a shot at the Sizemore for my 12 year old cousin. He is starting a Player Collection.

Sizemore is yours.

Duane

hdjstuff
09-16-2011, 01:23 PM
Did you get any Kinsler?

I did not get one Kinsler in any of the 3 boxes that I have ripped!!!:eek:

Duane

slavlite
09-16-2011, 01:37 PM
Sizemore is yours.

Duane

Thanks Duane, I think he will be joining The Bench soon, just waiting for his mom to call me and let me know its ok!

DaSoxFan
09-16-2011, 02:49 PM
Duane nice review as usual. I could use the Beckham but have not bought any chrome yet to trade you

BoomerSooner
09-16-2011, 04:33 PM
I might be in the minority, but I've always liked the Topps Chrome version better than the base (not for getting signed but just as collectibles). Glad to see the card curl isn't an issue, i was just looking at my binder of '97 Chromes ets and the cards have actually curled the 9 pocket holder, LOL.

BiggioDiogu759
09-16-2011, 04:38 PM
Awesome review

Any chance I can trade for an X-Fractor or 2? Those things are sick looking.

Thanks

redsfan24
09-16-2011, 04:40 PM
Those atomic refractors are sharp looking!