Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Chrome baseball cards (hobby box)

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s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps Chrome baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 96
Base set completion: 
70 of 200 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Francisco Lindor, Jose Fernandez, David Wright, Buster Posey, Jose Altuve, Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado

Rookie Cards (24) – Trevor Story, Tyler White, Blake Snell, Ross Stipling, Aaron Blair, Jose Berrios, Jorge Lopez, Kyle Schwarber, Seung-Hwan Oh, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Brian Johnson, Rob Refsnyder, Gary Sanchez, Zach Lee

Insert cards: 24

Refractors (8) – Steven Matz, Frankie Montas, Jake Arrieta, Mallex Smith, Francisco Liriano, Brad Ziegler, Craig Kimbrel, Stephen Vogt 
Prism Refractors (4) – 
Kevin Pillar, Richie Shaffer, Matt Reynolds, Mallex Smith
Perspectives (4) – 
Andrew McCutchen, Miguel Sano, Kyle Schwarber, Byron Buxton
Youth Impact (2) 
Byung-Ho Park, Raul Mondesi
Future Stars (3) – 
Jacob deGrom, Blake Swihart, Jorge Soler
First Pitch (1) – Evelyn Jones
Purple Refractor (1) 
– Nelson Cruz (/275)
Blue Refractor (1) – 
Corey Seager (/150)


Autographs/Memorabilia: 2 (See gallery below)
Orange Refractor Rookie Autos (1) – 
Joey Rickard (/25)
Refractor Rookie Autos (1) – 
Socrates Brito

What’s Buzz-worthy: On the hobby side, Topps Chrome has been a brand that delivers a bit more ink for less money than, say, the seemingly always popular Bowman Chrome and this box showed how it can deliver with both parallel ink and parallel base cards. The Seager Blue Refractor (the best shade for a Dodger) is roughly a $50 card, while the rest of the box’s inserts and ink are fine — and also above average.  … You get an insert card in every pack, which helps when there are so few cards, and that helps the fun grade. If you cab find these boxes at a discounted price, it’s worth considering a rip.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: A

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