2021 Topps Chrome Black Preview

As baseball’s postseason opens this fall, collectors will have the chance to do some opening of their own with the release date of 2021 Topps Chrome Black Baseball.  The product will be making its return after debuting last year to generally positive reviews.  While it carries the ‘Chrome’ brand, Black is a separate issue from the regular Topps Chrome set, which is due out in late July.

Chrome Black is basically pretty much what you’d expect with cards having a dark, but still shiny look and feel.   Each box has four cards:  two base, one Refractor parallel and one encased autographed card.

Base Set and Parallels

The base set will have 100 cards, printed on black Chrome stock with a matte finish.  Each card will have ten parallel versions, including Refractor parallels numbered to 199 as well as:

• Purple Refractor Parallel – #’d to 150 (new this year)
• Green Refractor Parallel – #’d to 99
• Green Atomic Refractor Parallel – #’d to 99 (new)
• Blue Refractor Parallel – #’d to 75
• Gold Refractor Parallel – #’d to 50
• Orange Refractor Parallel – #’d to 25
• Magenta Refractor Parallel – #’d to 10
• Red Refractor Parallel – #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

Autographs

Standard autograph parallels include: 

• Refractor Parallel – #’d to 150
• Green Refractor Parallel – #’d to 99
• Gold Refractor Parallel – #’d to 50
• Orange Refractor Parallel – #’d to 25
• Red Refractor Parallel – #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

There are also ‘Super Futures’ autographs focused on up and coming players, that are numbered to 99 with parallel possibilities that include:

• Gold Refractor Parallel – #’d to 50
• Orange Refractor Parallel – #’d to 25
• Red Refractor Parallel – #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel – #’d 1-of-1

The release date for 2021 Topps Chrome Baseball is scheduled for October 6, a little earlier than its debut issue last year.   

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for over 35 years and a collector for even longer than that, he’s usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected]

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