2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary Set Preview

If you’re wondering what a set of current year cards might look like on chromium stock but using the design from the 1952 Topps set…you won’t have long to wonder anymore.  On Monday, the company announced plans for a 700-card 2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Anniversary product due for release on August 25.

2021 Topps Chrome Platinum Configuration

There will be two ways to buy the new issue:  a standard hobby box with 12 four card packs and one autograph per box and a “Lite” box (less filling, but will reportedly taste great) with 16 packs per box and some exclusive parallels, but no autograph.

Hobby cases will have 12 boxes while Lite cases will carry 16.

Base Set

While you’ll need to open a lot of boxes to complete the set, it should be an interesting base set.  Topps is promising that the checklist of 700 cards will include current stars and rookies along with “players from throughout 70 years of Topps Baseball cards.”  They included a Jackie Robinson card among the preview images. Look for some “fan favorites” in addition to the usual mix of past greats, though.

There will be a boatload of parallels–more than 30 in all–including:

• Refractor Parallel: 1:4 Packs
• Black & White Mini-Diamond Parallel: 1:4 Packs (exclusive to Lite boxes)
• X-Fractor Parallel: 1:24 Packs (exclusive to Hobby boxes)
• Purple Refractor Parallel
• Aqua Wave Refractor Parallel
• Yellow Mini-Diamond Refractor Parallel
• Blue Mini-Diamond Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 199.
• Speckle Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 150.
• Atomic Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 100.
• Red Atomic Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 100. (Hobby exclusive)
• Green Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 99.
• Green Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 99.
• 70th Anniversary Green/Yellow Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 99.
• Rose Gold Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 75.
• Rose Gold Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 75.
• Rose Gold Mini-Diamond Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 75.
• Platinum 70th Anniversary X-Fractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 70.
• Platinum 70th Anniversary Mini-Diamond Parallel: sequentially numbered to 70.
• Platinum 70th Anniversary Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 70.
• Gold Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 50.
• Gold Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 50. (Hobby Exclusive)
• Gold/Rose Gold Wave 70th Anniversary Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 50.
• Orange Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Orange Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25. (Hobby Exclusive)
• Orange/Yellow 70th Anniversary Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 25.
• Pink Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 15.
• Pink Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 15. (Hobby Exclusive)
• Black Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 10.
• Black/Gold 70th Anniversary Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 10. (Hobby Exclusive)
• Red Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
• Red Wave Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5. (Hobby Exclusive)
• Black/Red 70th Anniversary Mini-Diamond Refractor Parallel: sequentially numbered to 5.
• SuperFractor Parallel: numbered 1/1. 

Autographs

While there’s no immediate word on which players we can expect to see on the autograph checklist, we do know there will be parallels for them:

• Refractor Parallel: #’d to 199
• Aqua Refractor Parallel: #’d to 150
• Blue Prism Refractor Parallel: #’d to 99 (Hobby Exclusive)
• 70th Anniversary Platinum Wave Refractor Parallel: #’d to 70
• Gold Refractor Parallel: #’d to 50
• Orange Refractor Parallel: #’d to 25 – (Hobby Exclusive)
• Black Refractor Parallel: #’d to 10
• Red Refractor Parallel: #’d to 5
• SuperFractor Parallel: #’d 1-of-1

There will also be a Pink Refractor parallel that will be exclusive to the Lite boxes, which will be a little over half the cost of the standard hobby box. 

About Rich Mueller

Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 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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