A Guide To 2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1

December 16, 2022

2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 is racing to release on December 28th. Here’s everything you need to know about the third iteration of this product.

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2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 product basics

Topps began their partnership with Formula 1 in 2020 and has continued to release racing products every year since. Chrome Formula 1 continues to have all of the typical Chrome offerings, including plenty of parallels and refractors.

The set includes both Formula 1 and Formula 2 drivers as well as some cards focusing on the cars. Unlike some other products, autographs are not a guaranteed hit in hobby boxes.

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2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 release formats

Release formats for Chrome Formula 1 resemble last years product, however, the Value Box SE will not be returning. That leaves collectors with the option between Hobby and Hobby LITE boxes.

2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Hobby Box

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 18 packs per box
  • 12 boxes per case

On average, each hobby box will contain:

  • 6 1968 Topps Hot Rods
  • 6 Refractors
  • 3 Constructors Coalition
  • 3 Speed Demons
  • 1 Multi-Color Refractor

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2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Hobby LITE Box

Hobby LITE boxes return after their introduction in 2021. These boxes provide a more affordable option but with less high-end pulls and 8 fewer cards. They also have some LITE-exclusive RayWave refractors.

  • 4 cards per pack
  • 16 packs per box
  • 16 boxes per case

On average, each hobby LITE box will contain:

  • 5 Refractors
  • 4 Black and White RayWave Refractors
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2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 checklist information

As expected with a Chrome product, there are plenty of parallels to be found. To be exact, 26 parallels are available across both release formats.

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2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Base Set

The base set clocks in at 200 cards, 25 more than last year.

  • Refractor 1:3 packs
  • Black and White RayWave Refractor 1:4 packs (LITE Exclusive)
  • Checker Flag X-Fractor 1:18 packs
  • Purple/Green Refractor 1:36 packs
  • Gold/Purple Refractor 1:80 packs
  • Orange/Red Refractor 1:100 packs
  • Red/Green Refractor 1:190 packs
  • Purple Refractor /399
  • Purple Checker Flag X-Fractor /199
  • Green RayWave Refractor /99 (LITE Exclusive)
  • Pink Refractor /75
  • Pink RayWave Refractor /75 (LITE Exclusive)
  • Gold Refractor /50
  • Gold Wave Refractor /50
  • Gold RayWave Refractor /50 (LITE Exclusive)
  • Gold Checker Flag X-Fractor /50 (Hobby Exclusive)
  • Orange Refractor /25
  • Orange Wave Refractor /25
  • Orange Checker Flag X-Fractor /25
  • Red Refractor /5
  • Red Wave Refractor /5
  • Red Checker Flag X-Fractor /5 (Hobby Exclusive)
  • Red RayWave Refractor /5 (LITE Exclusive)
  • Black RayWave Refractor 1/1 (LITE Exclusive)
  • Printing Plates 1/1
  • Superfractor 1/1

2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Inserts

Four new inserts arrive for this year’s release. 1968 Topps Hot Rods feature a retro design. Constructors Coalition showcases two drivers on the same team.

Speed Demons has an emphasis on the fastest drivers in the sport. 1968 Topps Hot Rods, Constructors Coalition, and Speed Demons all share the same parallels.

  • Gold Refractor /50
  • Gold Wave Refractor /50
  • Orange Refractor /25
  • Red Refractor /5
  • Printing Plates 1/1
  • Superfractor 1/1

Art du Grand Prix is the fourth insert for 2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1. This insert has unique artwork resembling past Grand Prix posters. The Art du Grand Prix is limited to only four parallels.

  • Orange Refractor /25
  • Red Refractor /5
  • Printing Plates 1/1
  • Superfractor 1/1
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2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 Autographs

Autographs are exclusive to hobby boxes and are available in the following parallels.

  • Green Refractor /99
  • Gold Refractor /50
  • Gold Wave Refractor /50
  • Orange Refractor /25
  • Red Refractor /5
  • Printing Plates 1/1
  • Superfractor 1/1

Investing in 2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1

With two years of data now, it’s becoming easier to gauge the value of these releases. Let’s take a look at the investing potential for the third iteration of Chrome Formula 1.

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Investing in Hobby Boxes

Let’s take a look at resale values for hobby boxes over the past two years.

ReleasePrice
2021 Hobby Box$399
2020 Hobby Box$2,299

As you can see, there is quite a large disparity between the two values. Prices for 2020 have stabilized around the $2,000 mark with little change in the past year. Meanwhile, last year’s hobby box goes for 5 times less. Rightfully, investors should be a little skeptical of investing into hobby boxes this year.

Investors should keep an eye on what price Topps decides to sell these at. If they decide to lower prices compared to last year, it might be a worthwhile investment. On the other hand, if Topps sells these at over $500 a box, don’t expect these to grow substantially in value.

Investing in Singles

Considering the value of some of the best singles from last year’s release, the results are promising.

CardValue
Lewis Hamilton Red Checker Flag Refractor PSA 10$1,240
Max Verstappen Red Wave PSA 10$1,199
George Russell Auto PSA 10$1,025
Lewis Hamilton Sapphire Green PSA 10$1,009
Oscar Piastri Green Refractor PSA 10$995

Plenty of singles outpaced the value of a hobby box last year. Although these still don’t keep up with the tremendous value carried by 2020 cards, they are still a solid investment. Expect this trend to continue in the 2022 iteration.

Final thoughts on the 2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 release

In Topps’s third lap with Formula 1 cards, they impress with some fresh inserts and an updated card design.

It remains to be seen how in-demand it is after a down year last year, but it seems like that will be determined by Topps pricing strategy. Overall, this is certainly a product to keep an eye on to see how it pans out.

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Further reading

Check out these Cardlines write-ups about Topps Formula 1:

2022 Topps Chrome Formula 1 checklist

Come back soon for the full checklist.