Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2008 Topps Update Chrome Refractor Box Toppers

Set size: 55 standard-sized cards

Front Design: Cards have the same design as 2008 Topps; the team name appears in colored circles at the top, with a photo surrounded by a triple-lined frame. A facsimile signature is placed over the photo. The white bordered cards contain the player's name in foiled capital letters on the bottom. The cards are given the refractor treatment.

Back Design: The horizontal backs contain the player's name and position over a stadium image, vital statistics, statistics, and a career biography.

Parallels and Similars: This set is identical to the 2008 Topps Chrome Refractors except for the numbering on the back, with a CHR- prefix.

Distribution: Cards were inserted one per hobby box in a special box topper pack.

Thoughts: The 2008 Topps design is one of my least favorites, and the chrome refractor treatment does nothing to change my feelings. At 55 cards, one per box, it isn't worthwhile purchasing boxes to complete the set; purchasing on the secondary market would be your best bet. The highlight of the set, by far, is Evan Longoria, while most other players in the set can be found for under $5.

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