Topps has once again unveiled its sparkling array of cards, the 2023 Topps Chrome Sapphire. Exclusively available on Topps’ official website, this series continues to uphold its unique reputation in the card collecting realm. Unlike many other series, the Topps Chrome Sapphire prioritizes the artistry and allure of the base cards, eschewing embellishments like autographs or memorabilia cards.
The distinct blue tint of the Chrome Sapphire series is undeniably eye-catching. This captivating color, combined with the limited release quantity, ensures its position as a fan favorite. These cards are not just a treat for the eyes but also hold a significant place in the card collecting community due to their rarity and design.
However, acquiring these beauties isn’t as straightforward as one might hope. Despite your willingness and commitment to purchase, obtaining a box is not guaranteed. In an interesting turn of events, Topps has teamed up with EQL to introduce a lottery-style sales system. The purpose? To prevent automated bots from sweeping up the entire stock. Each box, priced at a slightly reduced rate of $229.99 compared to the previous year, contains eight packs, each with four cards.
For those acquainted with Topps’ releases, the base set of the Sapphire edition is a reflection of the 600 cards that made an appearance in Topps’ Series 1 and 2. This includes sought-after rookie cards featuring the likes of Corbin Carroll, Gunnar Henderson, Adley Rutschman, Anthony Volpe, Josh Jung, Jordan Walker, and several others.
But the allure doesn’t end there. Collectors can look forward to a multitude of parallel versions of the base cards. Among these is the exceedingly rare 1/1 Padparadscha versions, which are sure to be a treasure for any collector.
In addition to these, Topps has introduced image variations of the base cards, diversifying the collection further. And for those with an eye for rookies, there’s the Sapphire Selections – a dedicated ten-card insert set highlighting ten of the most promising rookies.
On average, those lucky enough to snag a box can anticipate finding at least two Sapphire parallels or image variations within.
For enthusiasts eager to plan their collection, a comprehensive checklist detailing the card series is available for download, ensuring collectors can track and curate their sets with precision.