I am a huge fan of old Topps designs so I automatically really like this set. Topps picks three main designs for their base set. You get 1958, 1975, and 1993 looks. I'm not too familiar with the '58s, but the '93 and '75 cards are right up my alley. The card designs for all these cards are vibrant and creative. I particularly like the 1975 design with the sweet dual color look on the base.
Boxes of Archives go for about a hundred dollars which isn't too bad considering how much cards cost nowadays. There are plenty of packs to break in the product as well. Archives is a nice representation of a mid-range offering out of Topps. One of my favorite things about the set is seeing players on cards from different eras. I really get a kick out of seeing Babe Ruth on a '93 Topps design as well as Frank Thomas on a '75 card. It reminds me of the old Marvel Comic series called "What If...", these cards really are 'what ifs!'
It wouldn't be Topps Archives if they didn't have some special focus throughout the product. This year's main focus are the Montreal Expos. This year Topps celebrates this team with a range of cards featuring former players on varying designs. Teams that have moved or that are no longer around fascinate me, so I'm a fan of the concept. MLB-only collectors will like the fact that these cards are of actual professional ball players and not something out of Hollywood - which is what Topps has done in the past.
The box advertises that are two autographs to find. The cards are on-card which is a great touch. The autographs pop off the cards nicely, and you can find a range of players on the checklist. My Joe Pepitone autograph was a parallel version numbered to 99.
The standard autographs are not numbered but are still on-card. You'll notice that autographed cards come in varied Topps designs - not just the three that were featured in the base set. Lucky collectors will find Ichiro autographs in the product. Man... I'd love an Ichiro auto!
- Huge amount of variety in terms of the way the cards look.
- On-card autographs.
- Reasonable price.
- Perhaps not as collectible in the long run.
- May not appeal to people who dislike retro designed cards.
- Topps has too many retro based cards on the market.