It always amazes me how far in advance Topps designs its cards and releases their promotional material. If anything it gives an interesting insight into how quickly things move in the crazy-ass world of sports card manufacturing.
I don’t know if anything to do with the product will actually change between now and when it releases in a few months time, but you can’t argue with all the hard work that gets put in preparing, designing and promoting these releases.
There could be an argument to say that sometimes we find out a little bit too much about a product in the months before its release, that there’s no mystique involved anymore, but I guess dealers/traders want to know what they’re ordering and collectors want to know what they’re buying, so we’re stuck with it!
Anyway, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Topps’ first all-Chrome product of the year, the appropriately named 2013 Topps Chrome ([chuckles, and shakes head] where do they get these names from… :))
Click here for all the usual details around what you’ll find stuffed into this release.
I get the impression sometimes that Topps Chrome is something of a forgotten release. There are some great rookie autos in each release but these never seem to reach the giddy heights of the Chrome Prospect autos that you can find littered across the Bowman brands.
I do remember thinking that this years Topps base cards would look good in Chrome, and from what I’ve seen here I don’t have any reason to think I’ll be disappointed. That said, once again there’s the usual over-abundance of refractor parallels but this appears to have become de rigueur for most Topps products these days – although those sepia refractors #’d/75 to look pretty sexy.
I’m sure that Topps Chrome does have it’s legion of fans out there, but whether this years release promises to bring any more into the fold remains to be seen. But hopefully, with a strong collection of autographed rookie cards, this may well be a solid release later this summer!