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2012 Topps Chrome will include interesting additions

Posted Feb 15, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Feb 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM

We’ve only just begun collecting 2012 Topps Series 1 baseball, and of course we’re looking forward to Series 2. But Topps is already priming the collector for its glossier edition — the Chrome set, which has an Aug. 22 release date.

Topps released some images of this year’s Chrome set on Wednesday, and Rays fans can revel in the fact that pitcher Matt Moore will have a presence. Topps has tabbed him, along with Jesus Montero of the Mariners, as the key newcomers to showcase. Both will be among the 25 players who will have autographed rookie cards — signatures, by the way, that are on the card and not from a sticker. Love that.

This year’s Chrome set will have two autographed cards in each hobby box, plus a pair of die-cut insert subsets. There will be 220 base cards, and plenty of variations — autographed patches, blue, black, sepia, gold, red and atomic refractors. Hobby boxes also will include 1/1 printing plates, too. That’s a ton of variations, and if you’re a collector who enjoys the challenge of putting together a master set, well, this would be a set to tackle.

In addition to die-cuts, there is the two-sided Cut From the Same Cloth autographs set. This is a card signed on both sides by two different players and numbered to five. Topps is putting a theme to these cards; for example, top catchers are honored by the double-sided, double signed card of Joe Mauer and Buster Posey.

Dynamic Diecuts will highlight 50 players and will show up one per hobby box on average. And if you find one that is autographed, it will be numbered to 25 — or less.

Chrome has a certain appeal to collectors. Some are more traditional and enjoy the flagship Series 1 and 2 sets, but there are plenty of shiny card lovers. Topps is giving those collectors more reason to love those cards this year.

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