Players In 2016 Topps Chrome But Not In Series 1 & 2

I guess it was the overall “meh-ness” of this year’s flagship set, but I realized the other day that I’d neglected to do something I’d done in the past, which is to figure out which players are in Chrome but hadn’t made it into Topps Series 1 & 2, as well as which players changed team in between sets.

For me, checklist and photo variations are the only redeeming feature for the base Chrome set, otherwise it’s just a higher-end parallel to go with the lower-end parallel that is Opening Day.

Of course, most of these players will get sorted out in Topps Update, but history has told us it’s usually with different photos.  There are also often rookies that Topps gets into Chrome under the business model of “Ooh!  Ooh!  Rookies!” but after a disappointing season by the player, Topps will slowly shake their heads and say “Rookies…”

Before I get into these lists, I should mention that I got these by taking the Topps PDF checklists (which I’d already loaded into my database) and bump them up together using the magic that is SQL.

These lists have, for the most part, not been subject to visual confirmation;  they’re based solely on the checklists provided by Topps.

These players are in 2016 Topps Chrome, but not in Series 1 and 2 (and most, if not all, will be in update, but possibly with different photos):
13 Byung-Ho Park – Minnesota Twins
14 Tyler Naquin – Cleveland Indians
41 Joey Rickard – Baltimore Orioles
45 Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
70 Tyler White – Houston Astros
93 Ross Stripling – Los Angeles Dodgers
98 Seung-Hwan Oh – St. Louis Cardinals
99 Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins
108 Mallex Smith – Atlanta Braves
110 Jeremy Hazelbaker – St. Louis Cardinals
148 Robert Stephenson – Cincinnati Reds
164 Nomar Mazara – Texas Rangers
179 Dae-Ho Lee – Seattle Mariners
181 Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays
196 Aaron Blair – Atlanta Braves

The following players are in Chrome with a different team than they are in Series 1 & 2 (at least a couple, if not all, feature different photos).
38 Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks
77 Todd Frazier – Chicago White Sox
119 Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox
131 Trayce Thompson – Los Angeles Dodgers
147 Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants
177 Jose Peraza – Cincinnati Reds

And since I don’t think I ever published a rundown on 2015 Topps Chrome, here are the differences I’ve found between 2015 Chrome cards and Topps Series 1, 2 and Update:
2 Ryan Rua – Texas Rangers (Different cropping)
15 Anthony Ranaudo – Texas Rangers (Different photo)
16 Tommy La Stella – Chicago Cubs (Different photo & team)
17 Mike Foltynewicz – Atlanta Braves (Different photo)
19 Kendall Graveman – Oakland Athletics (Different photo)
22 Nick Tropeano – Angels (Different photo & team)
24 Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs (Different photo)
35 Matt Kemp – San Diego Padres (Different photo)
39 Hunter Strickland – San Francisco Giants (Different photo)
90 Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox (Different photo)
115 Matt Harvey – New York Mets (Different cropping)
135 Brandon Moss – Cleveland Indians (Different photo & team)
149 Evan Gattis – Houston Astros (Different photo)
163 Craig Kimbrel – San Diego Padres (Different photo)
174 Samuel Tuivailala – St. Louis Cardinals (Different photo)
192 Christian Walker – Baltimore Orioles (Different photo)
201 Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets (Different photo)
202 Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians (Different photo)
203 Byron Buxton – Minnesota Twins (Different photo)
204 Joey Gallo – Texas Rangers (Different photo)
205 Carlos Correa – Houston Astros (Different photo)

2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Rodon

2015 Topps Chrome Christian Walker

 

 

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