2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review

2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition.  Wow!  That’s quite a mouthful.  Buybacks are awesome.  Especially when you have a company like Topps who has such a rich history of classic sets to choose from.  I don’t think a buyback product such as this could exist without that long history to draw upon.

Round #2 of this brand covers a wide array of retired stars and Hall of Famers.  Back in July we got the version full of active players.  Its a very quick-thrill box to bust.  A single box costs just under $40 and contains (1) encased buyback autograph.  Players have multiple buybacks with each varying in numbering.  Cards can be numbered anywhere from (1) to (99) copies.  Signed relics and special buyback autographs of deceased players can also be pulled.

As I mentioned before, Topps dives deep into their vault and gets these players to sign lots of neat stuff.  Not just cards from the mainstream sets either.  Its not uncommon to find Topps cards that were made for Kay Bee Toys, Toys “R” Us, and even Cap’n Crunch cereal.  Any set can bring back memories, but sometimes these really make collectors feel nostalgic.  And that’s a feeling that drives the industry today.

Here is what I pulled:

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  • Bo Jackson ’89 Topps Royals Leaders #789 Buyback Auto #’ed 1/1

When it comes to opening boxes, I’ve had a lot of luck this year.  This card goes right up there with some of my other awesome pulls.  Bo Jackson is one of the greatest athletes of all-time.  If he hadn’t gotten hurt, there is a good chance he would’ve made it into both Canton and Cooperstown.  I like that Topps chose this card for him to sign.  Bo Jackson’s name isn’t anywhere on the card other than his signature.  ’89 Topps featured these “Team Leaders” cards.  On the back they list batting and pitching leaders from the previous year.  The person pictured on the front doesn’t necessarily have to be mentioned on the card.  It makes for a nice conversation piece.  You couldn’t ask for a better picture.  And no.  That isn’t a picture of Bo Jackson throwing out Harold Reynolds at home plate.  That game was played inside the Kingdome where Bo wouldn’t have needed sunglasses.

Flashback Product of the Week: 2004 Topps Retired Signature Edition

’04 Topps Retired Signature Edition was a real hit or miss product.  Boxes only contained 5 packs with an uncirculated autograph within each pack.  I only opened one pack and pulled a Rollie Fingers auto while I was eating lunch at Burger King.  Some of the bigger autographs you could pull include Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ernie Banks.  If you were really lucky you could pull one of the dual autographs limited to only 25 copies.  If your looking for a quick thrill without the worry of pulling some no name rookie, ’04 Topps Retired SE might be right for you.  Boxes can still be found for between $150.00 – $200.00.  I’ve always liked the way the black refractors look.

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Does Anyone Else Miss Topps Tribute?

Topps Tribute was one of my favorite brands of cards.  Topps made this brand of cards from 2001 – 2004.  These were a one pack thrill if you were willing to spend the $50.00 per pack price tag.  In my opinion, these had to have been some of the most beautiful cards that Topps ever produced.  In ever pack you were guaranteed a memorabilia and/or autographed card.  The 2001, 2002, and 2004 sets consisted of Hall of Famers and no rookies.  In 2003 Topps made a set called Topps Tribute Perennial Edition which featured retired and Hall of Fame players and they produced a product called Topps Tribute Contemporary Edition which contained cards of modern day players.  All of these cards were very shiny and had a refractor like finish.  The 2001 Topps Tribute set contains one of the first memorabilia cards of Honus Wagner.  The 2003 Topps Tribute Contemporary Edition has some great first year cards as well.  My personal favorite is the Hanley Ramirez autographed first year card gold version numbered to 25.  Another reason why these cards are one of my favorites is because I pulled out of a pack of 2004 Topps Tribute Cut Signature Edition the Willie Mays 1/1 Cut Auto.  That was the biggest and most valuable pull I have ever received.  I really wish Topps would bring back this product.