Wednesday, October 2, 2019

2019 Topps Archives Signatures Retired Players Edition

Why does Topps break up their Archives Signature Edition into two separate editions? I have no idea (But I'm pretty sure it has something to do with making more money). This version of Archives Signatures brings collectors players who have already retired from the sport. Collectors will find one encased card per box for about fifty bucks. It's a quick break that will either leave you pretty happy... or pretty sad. Well... who are we kidding... usually pretty sad.

Product Thoughts
I'm typically a fan of buyback cards being autographed as well as the chance to find players that have retired. I'm a big fan of the past and love all the retro stuff. The problem with Archives Signatures Retired Edition is that the set is completely watered down. The boxes that I opened were terrible and the breaks I've seen already of cases seem pretty lackluster as well. I have yet to see a really big name come out of over 50 boxes of this stuff. Sure, there are 1 of 1's out there, but if you get someone who isn't a star, though it's a 1 of 1, the resale value on the card won't even be what you paid for the break. The only true winners from this (Besides Topps, of course) are those who are fortunate enough to pull a superstar like Jeter from one of these boxes. Otherwise, collectors aren't going to find too much to be excited about.

If you're really looking for a certain player or cards from a certain team, my suggestion is to simply find them on eBay or another secondary market source and pick them up that way. Some of the cards will run you as little as five bucks! Many of the cards will mostly likely be in the $15-$30 range - which is less than what a box costs anyways. I would much rather get a card of my choice for a few dollars than buy two boxes and get something like an Eric Gagne and a Charles Nagy... oh wait...

  • Some retired players will be worth the chase.
  • Cards are signed on-card.
  • Each card comes in a cool one-touch holder with a Topps sticker to seal it closed.
  • Very difficult to find a card that is worth more than the price of the box.
  • Many so-so names to be found here.
  • Not much of a break experience.

Overall Rating:



  1. I'm in. Very nice autos!

  2. Love the cards douglas hutton

  3. I’m in. Nice break and pretty expensive.

  4. I'm in. I love the idea of the product. But like most people, I'd rather just buy the players (like Nagy -- wink, wink) I collect instead of buying these boxes. -Reindeer Studios

  5. Your review is fantastic! I would probably just buy the cards outright on ebay or such.

  6. I agree with you it's 99% miss and 1% hit. not worth it

  7. Thanks for sharing Luke. Another decent break and pull, but definitely agree with your Pros/Cons of this product. Quick break but with the checklist, there could have been a little bit more firepower.

    YT: McBones

  8. Pretty subpar product for the price. These should be about $15.00 less than the actual price. I do agree with you as this product being a hit or miss product.