Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Snapshots Review


2019 Archives Snapshots is an online exclusive product only available through Topps.com. The product comes in a small box with one cellophane wrapped pack. You are guaranteed an autograph, a black and white parallel, as well as another insert. At about $25 a pop, these aren't too bad!

Product Thoughts
I think it's pretty cool of Topps to have an online only product. It really varies the releases that they have. Like Topps Fire, being only available in a certain place makes for a fun collecting experience. For a guaranteed autograph, I think $25 isn't too much of an ask. The autographs look great and they are on-card. As for the rest of the cards, they have a no-nonsense look to them with white borders. The players themselves are just standing around for the most part at training facilities. It's kind of a funny look to me, but works for the name of the product.


Each packs will net you a black and white parallel. The black and white cards add a little bit to the mix of cards you get in the pack/box. Since they are one-per-pack, I don't think the black and white parallels will be too much more than the standard base cards. If Topps had some colored ink on these cards (like blue or red), I think they would be really awesome looking. I don't think that's the case though.


Some of the boxes will contain these news print looking cards. They document something that happened during a specific moment in a baseball game. These inserts go well with the snapshot/photo theme of the set. These cards don't look particularly impressive. Upper Deck did a similar look many years back in hockey and they were much better looking as Upper Deck went with a very vintage design with yellowing paper.


What I really like in these boxes are the hand-numbered parallels that can be found. I'm a big fan of hand-numbering for some reason and I think they look great. Whoever writes the numbering down has some really awesome handwriting. I always wonder what happens if they mess up some how. I mean, they can't do every card perfectly can they? Will we ever know? Only Topps can tell.

Positives:
  • A product that doesn't break the bank.
  • Easy to order online.
  • On-card autographs.
Negatives:
  • You have to pay for shipping.
  • Some cards look a bit bland.
  • Some of the autographed content could be better.

Overall Rating:

9/10

7 comments:

  1. I’m in. Nice simple cards. Lots of doubles though, hopefully a small set and not just bad luck.

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  2. I’m in. Nice looking cards but it still not hockey.

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  3. I'm in! Really nice autographs and hand numbered cards!

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  4. Really nice concept !! Not a big fan of hand numbering but you got some big hits with the blue Alonso 20/50 jersey number and the blue Lindor 12/50 his jersey number too !!

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  5. I'm in. Great review as always Blacksheep. This product that has been done in sports card for quite some time now. Nothing special in my opinion, espcially given the other baseball products tops has released this year.

    YT: Dylan James Chang

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  6. Outstanding review my friend!
    I like the simple looking design and also am a big fan of hand numbered cards. The news print cards and black and white are a nice addition in my opinion.

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