2021 Topps Archives Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Retro Design Fans

The base set consists of (300) cards. Designs from 1957, 1962, 1973, 1983, 1991, 2001, 2011, and futuristic 2091 Topps baseball sets have been used. Parallels include Rainbow Foil #’ed/150, Green #’ed/125, Silver #’ed/99, Red #’ed/75, Red Hot Foil #’ed/50, Blue Foil #’ed/25 (Hobby), Orange Hot Foil #’ed/15 (Hobby), and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1.

A hobby box should yield (2) on-card autographs. In addition to those autographs there are a TON of short prints and variations to watch for. I like using the CMP codes.

  • Base – #267/287
  • Greason – #040
  • 1983 Mantle (#7) – #041
  • 1991 Mantle (#107) – #042
  • 2011 Mantle (#207) – #043
  • 1962 Green Tint – #297
  • 1973 Icon – #297
  • 1983 Father/Son – #297
  • 1991 Image Variations – #297
  • Buffalo Blue Jays – #298
  • Emblem (1991, 2001, 2011, 2091) – #298

Autographs include Fan Favorites Autographs, Fan Favorites Premium Autographs, 1963 Topps Peel-Off Autographs, 1989 Topps Big Minis Autographs, 1989 Topps Big Foil Autographs, 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars Autographs, 1994 Topps Draft Pick Autographs, and Topps Originals Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1963 Topps Peel-Offs, 1989 Topps Big Minis, 1989 Topps Big Foil, 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars, 1994 Topps Draft Picks, Topps Archives Movie Poster, and Movie Poster Mini-Posters Box Toppers.

Please be on alert that all 1989 Topps Big Minis come with autograph authentication messages printed on them. Whether they’re autographed or not, they’ve got the COAs on there. This was an accident addressed by Topps which I wrote about.

Archives continues to be a key place for on-card autographs and retro designs. In addition to current stars and Hall of Famers, Archives is still the place to go for those autographs of obscure players who don’t have many autographed cards. Some of them haven’t had autographs made for a really long time.

As a Phillies fan, it would be great to see former pitcher Larry Andersen and current broadcaster Tom McCarthy have autographs in Archives. Scott Rolen too.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos:

  • Ken Griffey Fan Favorites Purple Auto #’ed/150
  • Ron Washington Fan Favorites Auto

Parallels:

  • Victor Robles Blue Foil #’ed/25

Inserts:

  • Matt Olson 1989 Topps Big Minis
  • Nick Madrigal 1994 Topps Draft Picks
  • Alex Kirilloff 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Ke-Bryan Hayes 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Cristian Pache 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Jake Cronenworth 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Ryan Mountcastle 1991 Topps Bazooka Shining Stars
  • Mike Trout 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Francisco Lindor 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Bryce Harper 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Juan Soto 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Mookie Betts 1963 Topps Peel-Offs
  • Like Father Like Son Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • Murders’ Row Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Red Machine Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Three Topps Archives Movie Poster
  • The Big Red Machine Movie Poster Mini-Posters Box Topper

2 Responses

  1. That Griffey auto is nice, but I don’t understand why he’s shown with the Yankees rather than the Reds. If Topps were putting out a LOT of autos of him, I could see it for variety, but the whole Fan Favorites thing is that it’s guys who don’t often get new cards issued.

  2. Love that auto of Griffey in yanks!!! If it needs a new home you know where i am.

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