Beckett Baseball

BLACK IS BACK

2021 TOPPS CHROME BLACK FOLLOWS LAST YEAR’S DEBUT

- BY RYAN CRACKNELL

2021 Topps Chrome Black Baseball follows up on last year’s dark debut. While there are some familiar Chrome staples, the look stands out on its own.

e configurat­ion is also different. Hobby boxes take a more high-end approach with just one four-card pack with one autograph guaranteed.

e base set is kept small, consisting of just 100 cards. However, with just two per box, it’s not likely that large stacks of singles are going to accumulate on a widespread scale. e checklist features both veterans and rookies.

e look of the cards is sleek and modern. Not surprising­ly given the name, black plays a large role in the background. e geometric shapes are somewhat reminiscen­t of the Topps Tek line only with chromium and a matte finish instead of transparen­t acetate.

Parallels, which combine to land one per box, follow a familiar Topps Chrome path with a rainbow of Refractors. ese include:

• Refractors – /199

• Purple Refractors – /150

• Green Refractors – /99

• Green Atomic Refractors – /99

• Blue Refractors – /75

• Gold Refractors – /50

• Orange Refractors – /25

• Magenta Refractors – /10

• Red Refractors – /5

• Superfract­ors – 1/1

AUTOGRAPHS

Keeping things relatively simple, the only other inserts in the product are two sets of autographs.

Topps Chrome Black Autographs are all-encompassi­ng. Parallels include Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfract­ors (1/1).

Super Futures Autographs focus on baseball’s young players. Base versions are numbered to 99 with additional Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5) and Superfract­ors (1/1) also available.

Autographs come in an encased holder.

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