Someone call “Doc” Brown. Its time to dust off the DeLorean and power up the flux capacitor, because 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series is taking us back in time. If retro sets, retired players, and on-card autographs are your thing, this product is 100% for you.
Over the decades, Topps has produced tons of great looking cards. “Wouldn’t these cards be awesome if they were autographed?” is a question that collectors ask each other all the time. With a product such as this, Topps has answered that question. That’s the wonderful thing about buyback autographs.
I especially like buyback autographs when it comes to rookie cards. In today’s hobby, almost every prospect and rookie has an autographed card. Very few of them are missed. This wasn’t always the case. Its cool that you can now own an autographed rookie card of Mike Piazza, Roger Clemens, Hank Aaron, and Cal Ripken, Jr. Now, not every card you pull will be a rookie, but I can guarantee it will look really nice. Topps releases a player checklist, but no official listing of how many different cards there are for each player. Years from now you could find a one-of-one autograph from this product and never knew it existed until that very moment. I like that as it adds a bit of mystery.
Most of the cards you pull come from a Topps flagship set. Others will be from something like Bowman or Stadium Club. One of the neater things Topps did this year was include some signed O-Pee-Chee cards. O-Pee-Chee baseball cards aren’t something that’s been seen since 1994. Probably the food premium and store exclusive cards are the oddest ones you will find. Unsigned they’ve mostly been forgotten about since they were so overproduced. Its fun to see them autographed now. I’m betting many collectors have fond memories of these sets from Revco, K-Mart, and Cap’n Crunch. Cards from those sets could easily have been what got them interested in collecting. Many years from now it wouldn’t surprise me if we see signed buybacks from that Walmart Marketside set that came out earlier this year. Those were the Topps cards that came with a frozen pizza.
All in all, this product remains a fun and quick thrill that is generally priced lower ($30-$40 per box) than what you’d expect. Perhaps some year Topps could get former Phillies pitcher and current radio broadcaster Larry Andersen to sign. He would be perfect for this set.
Here is what I pulled:
- Kevin Mitchell 1994 Topps Stadium Club Buyback Auto #’ed/43