Apparently this year of Chrome only had 18 packs, instead of the 24 I assumed were inside the box. Normally I'd be a little peeved. But with how painful this break has been, it's a merciful reprieve.
For sanity's sake, below are the highlights from the final 6 packs:
Chipper (does not play baseball in exchange for money) Jones refractor - the hit of the box right here, folks
Jeff Manship - he's a man. and a ship. Brilliant.
Manny Ramirez played for the Red Sox
Russell Martin held two baseball bats
the Rockies used to wear black vests with black undershirts, thus entirely defeating the purpose of a vest
Austin Kearns, somewhere between being a hotshot prospect for the Reds and not playing baseball anymore, played for the Nationals
Chris Nash has a baseball card. This is not the same person that is my cousin. I may still try to get the card autographed at the next family function.
Joba Chamberlin was on the front of the box. He was also inside a pack in the box. Mind = blown. As does Joba's career.
Adrian Gonzalez refractor, without any snide remarks
Brandon Webb used to play baseball
Mark Teixeira played for the Braves for a hot minute. This card is proof. But hell, at least he's still active.
Adrian Beltre, who will probably still be playing long past when ever other player and prospect in this set is retired
Paul Winterling, who wins the award for nicest facsimile signature on a card, and gets a runner up award for coolest name.
There you go, folks. No color. An auto of a guy who got shelled in the Frontier League. A lot of guys who don't play baseball anymore, but not in the "cool retro product of Hall of Famers" kind of way.
And just think: this is what Topps put out when they still had competition.