Retro! Retro! Retro! This is one of those products that just loves to take you on a trip to the past. 2015 Topps Archives has a great combination of current and retired stars all featured on classic Topps designs.
The main base set is comprised of (300) cards. Topps decided to use designs from their 1957, 1976, and 1983 sets. There are (30) additional cards which are SPs, but they aren’t the easiest thing to find. They fall about 1:70 packs. Parallels include Silver #’ed/199, Gold #’ed/50, Black and Printing Plates #’ed 1/1.
Autographs are where this product really shines. They’re all on-card and look super nice. Archives is used as a place to find autographs of players that may not necessarily have many autographs in other products. Sure, you’ll find autographs of guys like Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, and Joc Pederson. But its fun to pull autographs of Brady Anderson, Shawn Green, and Al Leiter too. Its a niche that many player collectors love to take advantage of.
The 1990 Topps Baseball design makes a return to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary. These come in both signed and unsigned versions. 1990 Topps Baseball isn’t known for its high-dollar cards because the set was so overproduced, but I’ve always liked the colorful design. The Frank Thomas no-name error rookie from the original 1990 set is one of the most well known cards in the hobby. Topps took advantage of that and purposely made some of the newly created 1990 themed cards without any names. They’re very short printed though. An autographed buyback of the Frank Thomas no-name would be a killer inclusion some year. So would an autograph buyback of the very rare George Bush card.
2015 Topps Archives has been receiving all kinds of media coverage with the inclusion of Will Ferrell cards. On March 12th, Ferrell played in ten different Spring Training games for charity. His uniforms were then auctioned off. Topps made a card for each team Will Ferrell played for that day. There are ten autographed versions for each team, and they are in huge demand. If you aren’t lucky enough to pull one of his autographs, you should get at least a base version in a box. Things like this are great for the hobby. They’re fun and unique. Anytime pop culture meets baseball, I think it deserves a card. This isn’t the first time Topps has done something like this with Archives. Last year they included autographs of the cast from the movie Major League.
Boxes currently cost around $90.00. Here is what I pulled:
- Oscar Gamble
- Eric Karros
- Eddie Mathews Silver #’ed/199
- Anthony Rendon Silver #’ed/199
- Will Ferrell #WF-2
- Tony Oliva 1973 Topps Original Stamped Buyback #80
- Barack Obama Presidential Chronicles #PC-BO
- Harry S. Truman Presidential Chronicles #PC-HST
- Clayton Kershaw 1990 Topps #1 Draft Picks #90DPI-CK
- Max Scherzer 1990 Topps #1 Draft Picks #90DPI-MS
- Bryce Harper 1990 Topps #1 Draft Picks #90DPI-BH
- Mike Foltynewicz 1990 Topps All-Star Rookie #90ASI-MIF
- Jorge Soler 1990 Topps All-Star Rookie #90ASI-JS
- Dustin Pedroia 1968 Topps Game #14
- Miguel Cabrera 1968 Topps Game #19
- Giancarlo Stanton 1968 Topps Game #33
- Justin Upton 1968 Topps Game #11