2012 Topps Chrome - With all the young talent this year and emergence of new stars I was excited for this years Topps Chrome. With all the big rookies in the set with the exception of Trout there was a lot of potential for this set. I believe Trout's lack of an official Rookie Card was because it was represented in the 2011 Topps Chrome Set. Nevertheless, with all the colored variations I always enjoy busting boxes/packs and seeing the different colored refractors. With this years Chrome's I planned on two boxes and here were the results:
HOBBY BOX 1
2012 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #121 Nyjer Morgan 20/199
2012 Topps Chrome Black Refractor #42 Zack Cozart 62/100
2012 Topps Chrome Dynamic Die Cuts #SC Starlin Castro
2012 Topps Chrome Autograph #156 Austin Romine RC
2012 Topps Chrome Autograph Refractor #167 Dellin Betances 120/499
HOBBY BOX 2
2012 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #21 Dustin Pedroia 181/199
2012 Topps Chrome Sepia Refractor #50 Joe Mauer 31/75
2012 Topps Chrome Red Refractor #115 Josh Beckett 12/25
2012 Topps Chrome Dynamic Die Cuts #RH Roy Halladay
2012 Topps Chrome Autograph #180 Yoenis Cespedes RC
2012 Topps Chrome Autograph #193 Drew Hutchinson RC
I was very pleased with my breaks since I was able to hit a very nice Auto in the Cespedes. Also the nice variation of colored refractors from a few blues, to the Sepia and Red added extra excitement to the breaks. My only drawback was the assortment of base I received. Between the 2 boxes I received a high number of duplicates. After looking around the boards I seemed to have been the exception as opposed to the rule. In my case the doubles were no the end of the world since I would be trading them online anyway.
I would recommend this set to anyone. The set collector will enjoy the chase of getting the set and with the addition of a number of SSP's it will added an additional wrinkle to the challenge of completing a master set. Plus the cards just have a great look to them with the design and the shine of the chrome. The treasure hunters will enjoy the thrill of trying to hit some of the big cards from this set. From the colored auto's to the big names, Lawrie, Cespedes, Darvish and so forth. Even an Atomic refractor numbered to 10 or a Super refractor will give you a nice return on your box. Reseller's will see many different cards that they will be able to sell, with the variety of numbered cards and the look of the die-cuts there are not many cards that will be hard to find a new home.