2022 Topps Archives Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

Collector Type: Set/Autograph/Nostalgic Fan

Opening a box of Archives is like hopping in the Delorean from Back to the Future. Its a true blast from the past experience.

The base set consists of (300) cards. Designs from 1963, 1978, and 1987 Topps Baseball sets are used. Yes. The 1987 design makes yet another appearance. I’m betting that if you stacked every baseball card on top of each other that features the 1987 Topps Baseball design it would reach to Mars and back.

Parallels to the base set 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.

Card #301-315 utilize the 1955 Topps Scoop design. 1:6 packs.

Card #316-330 utilize the 1961 Topps MVP design. 1:6 packs.

Card #331-355 utilize the 2005 Topps Draft Picks design. 1:24 packs.

Card #356-380 utilize the 1992 Topps Major League Debut design. 1:6 packs.

Variations remain a top element to chase. There are two types of variations to look for this year – Image and Design. I find it much easier to use the CMP code to identify them.

  • Base – #253/271
  • Image Variation – #280
  • Design Variation – #281

The Design Variations have Silver Foil #’ed/99, Red Hot Foil #’ed/50, and FoilFractor #’ed 1/1 parallels as well.

Each hobby box is suppose to contain (2) on-card autographs.

Autographs include Fan Favorites Autographs, 1953 Fan Favorites Autographs Premium, 1961 Topps MVP Autographs, 1988 Topps Big Foil Autographs (Retail), 1988 Topps Big Minis Autographs, 1992 Topps MLB Debut Autographs, 1993 Topps All-Stars Dual Autographs, 2005 Topps Draft Picks Autographs, Topps Postcards Autographs, and Topps Originals Buyback Autographs.

Inserts include 1988 Topps Big Foil (Blaster/Retail), 1988 Topps Big Minis, Topps Postcards, and Oversized Topps Postcards Box Toppers (Hobby).

If you’re looking for today’s hot rookies and stars, Archives has it. If you’re looking for Hall of Famers, retired stars, and specific baseball individuals who don’t traditionally have a lot of cards, Archives also has it.

My box had a little of everything. Bonus autograph, parallel #’ed/15, Design Variation, and (3) different Julio Rodriguez RCs.


Here is what I pulled:


  • Corey Patterson 1972 Topps Fan Favorites Auto Purple #’ed/150
  • Alyssa Nakken 1972 Topps Fan Favorites Auto
  • Al Bumbry 1960 Topps Fan Favorites Auto


  • Reid Detmers RC Orange Hot Foil #’ed/15
  • Xander Bogaerts Silver #’ed/99

1963 Background Replacement Design Variation:

  • Reggie Jackson #34

2005 Topps Draft Picks:

  • Julio Rodriguez RC #342

1992 Topps Major League Debut:

  • Wander Franco RC #356
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #370
  • Julio Rodriguez RC #375
  • Aaron Judge #368

1961 Topps MVP:

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #322
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #329
  • Trey Mancini #324
  • Robbie Ray #319

1955 Topps Scoop:

  • Jorge Soler #315
  • Chris Taylor #314
  • Randy Arozarena #312
  • Shohei Ohtani #305


  • Jose Ramirez Topps Postcards #PC-11
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Topps Postcards #PC-2
  • Nolan Arenado Topps Postcards #PC-6
  • Aaron Judge Oversized Topps Postcards Box Topper #OPC-15

Notable Rookies:

  • Seiya Suzuki RC #92
  • Julio Rodriguez RC #115
  • Spencer Torkelson RC #131
  • Wander Franco RC #300
  • Oneil Cruz RC #211
  • Jeremy Peña RC #280

2 Responses

  1. That nakken is cool!!

  2. Thanks for showing off the cards!

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