2008 Topps Chrome

What I pulled--
Refractors - Placido Polanco, Brian Bixler, Wesley Wright, Torii Hunter, Paul Maholm, Kyle McClellan, Andre Ethier, Kelly
Copper Refractors - Matt Holliday (#79/599), Torii Hunter (#367/599)
Red Refractor - Tadahito Iguchi (#23/25)
Baseball Card History - Derek Jeter, Pedro Martinez, Jake Peavy, Magglio Ordonez, Hanley Ramirez, C.C. Sabathia
50th Anniversary All-Rookie Team - Hideki Okajima, Prince Fielder, Gary Sheffield
Mickey Mantle Home Run History - 400, 410
Mickey Mantle Story - 47, 48
Topps Heritage Chrome (#ed to 1959) - Mike Lowell, Joe Blanton, Garret Anderson, Kazuo Matsui
Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor - Aaron Harang (#37/559)
Rookie Autographs - Matt Tolbert, Evan Meek

Chrome is good. Chrome is always good.

There isn’t a lot to change from the successful formula presented annually by Topps Chrome Baseball.
Take that year’s base set, apply the famed Chrome technology and whammo, you’ve got yourself what is,
year in and year out, one of the most consistently good products on the market.

Of course, there is more here than meets the eye, but that is all good, too. There are plenty of insert cards
that have been brought over from the base sets, including the incredibly popular Baseball Card History
set. The Mickey Mantle inserts continue, as well, which will put a smile on the face of completists. And, of
course, there are the parallels. The Refractors are nice, but this year’s design and coloring make the
Copper and Red Refractors pop with a vibrancy that is not always available. And lest I forget (and believe
me, that is not possible), there are two Rookie Card autographs in each box, although the checklist can
only be termed “decent” this time around.

There really is not a lot to quibble about with Topps Chrome, and that is always the case. It is a simple
product, and collectors have grown to know exactly what to expect from a box every year. This year is no
different, and that is a very good thing........................