I preordered this box a little while back and had almost forgotten about it until I got the shipping notification. I started to get cautiously excited knowing the debacle that 2010 Topps Chrome was. It had been nearly 2 weeks since I opened any packs (which is a long time for me!) so it was good to smell that new card smell again. So I ripped a few packs and was pleasantly surprised to see that the cards were of a pretty high quality. No pringle warping, no surface gouges, no dinged corners, no off-center or miscut cards and hardly any roller marks that plagued last year's edition. I am happy to see that Topps fixed these issues for this years release. Even the non-card collectors that work there know that those cards were of totally crappy quality!
I'm going to list the "lesser" inserts here:
Topps Heritage Chrome: Nelson Cruz, Carlos Quentin, Neil Walker, Brandon Beachy
Nothing to really write home about here...
Topps Chrome Throwbacks: Aroldis Chapman, Freddie Freeman, Felix Hernandez, Brian McCann
I know the back of the package says Vintage Chrome, but I hardly consider 1996 Topps Chrome to be "vintage". I'll just call them throwbacks since Pepsi can call their 1990's designs throwbacks!
Refractors: Brandon Beachy, Carlos Pena, Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Cashner, Ichiro, Vernon Wells, Jonathan Sanchez, Jorge Posada
The Refractors from this box produced the exact amount of cards allotted for the box. The odds were 1:3 packs. I really cleaned up on Brandon Beachy and overall Braves in this break. The Jorge Posada card is kinda funny because it says he is a Designated Hitter but the picture is of him in catchers gear chasing a foul pop up
I'd give this box a 4.5 out of 5.0 score only because I pulled 2 Orioles from the entire box (Markakis and Derek Lee base cards). Otherwise I was very pleased with the results and I think the cards look great in Chrome. The flagship was only so-so in my book but be chromed, they look a little more dignified. I'm still scratching my head about the double team names around the baseball and logo though.
All cards are for trade except the Pineda. I want to hang onto that card for a while, unless I get an offer I can't refuse.