A look at July baseball card releases06/30/2009 5:03 PM ET
By Scott Kelnhofer
The 160-card base set consists of 100 veterans, 30 rookies and 30 autographed rookie cards. The rookie autographs are numbered to 999 or fewer.
Memorabilia cards are inserted at an average of two per 10-pack box, while autographs are found one per box. Each six-card pack features either an insert, parallel, Lettermen insert, memorabilia card or autograph card.
Topps Chrome: Topps Chrome offers an international touch with the inclusion of 100 players who participated in this year's World Baseball Classic.
Japanese stars Yu Darvish, Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Masahiro Tanaka, and Cuban standouts Yoennis Cespedes and Aroldis Chapman are among the WBC stars included in the set. The WBC cards are inserted at an average rate of one in four packs.
Autographed cards of rising stars such as Matt LaPorta, Koji Uehara and Elvis Andrus are among the 23 players whose signatures can be found in the set. An average of two Autographed Chrome Rookie cards are found within each Hobby box.
The Chrome base set contains 220 base cards and five levels of parallel inserts. There are also five parallel levels of the autographed cards.
Chrome Baseball is scheduled to ship the week of July 27.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.