The answer is YES. Topps Clearly Authentic does cost a little more than the Archives Signatures, but from what I've seen, the player selection is much better. Clearly gives collectors a mix of both current and retired players, and the collation of the stars in the product seems head and shoulders above Archives. If you're a fan of what acetate cards look like, this year's design works great. I wasn't a huge fan of the regular looking Topps base cards, but the borders - especially with the colored parallels look great.
Of course no modern release would be complete without parallel cards. Both the standard base set and all the special designs have parallels that can be found. The parallel cards are serial numbered depending on its rarity. Orange /5 and gold/1 are the rarest of the parallels.
It's good that Topps released this product after Archives Signatures because after seeing this, I wouldn't touch Archives!
- On-Card autographs.
- Both current and retired players can be found in this release.
- Good distribution of star power in cases.
- More expensive than Archives Signatures (the other one card per box brand like this one).
- Very quick break experience.
- Still a relatively risky product.