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The box: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 175 of 300 (58 percent)
Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Satchel Paige, Carl Yastrzemski, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Trout, Stan Musial, Bryce Harper, Madison Bumgarner, Kris Bryant, Ted Williams, Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron.
Rookie Cards (25) – Kaleb Cowart, Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Colin Rea, Kyle Waldrop, Zack Godley, Jose Peraza, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Matt Reynolds, Mac Williamson, Jorge Lopez, Kyle Schwarber, Ketel Marte, Miguel Almonte, Aaron Nola, Brandon Drury, Peter O’Brien, Raul Mondesi, Travis Jankowski, Jon Gray, Socrates Brito, Gary Sanchez.
Insert cards: 15
Short print (No. 301 and up) (1) – Randy Jones
1969 Topps Super (4) – Luis Severino, Sonny Gray, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper
1985 No. 1 Draft Picks (3) – Alex Rodriguez, Adrian Gonzalez, Andy Benes
1985 Topps Father & Son (2) – The Griffeys, The Alomars
Bull Durham (2) – Bobby, Nuke LaLoos
Red parallel (1) – Juan Gonzalez (/50)
Blue parallel (2) – Craig Kimbrel, Brian Johnson (/199)
Fan Favorites (1) – Bob Boone
Fan Favorites Blue (1) – Rick Monday (/199)
What’s Buzz-worthy: Archives in hobby form is a tad more exciting than the blaster box is, but ultimately you’re always at the mercy of the Cardboard Gods. This box didn’t actually seem as good (or as fun) as that over-delivering blaster was, but it did include two autos, one being a parallel, of two notable players from the past. … This box also included a short-print, which is not the norm in every box, while it delivered on the names among the inserts. As said before, this one is a good mix of the past and present and that helps it be more fun than you might think. The only guys who feel out of place here are the rookies — one might argue that they could be punted, but we know how much RCs can help entice some people into buying. … There’s a lot of potential here if you get lucky, and the Bull Durham autos are a real fun addition that can be collected more easily vs. their baseball-entertainment predecessors, Major League and Will Ferrell. … Buying by the case is probably your best bet at trying to land one of the bigger/rarer autos. Why? There will be safety in numbers because there probably will be a lot of inexpensive Fan Favorites autos inside boxes. Overall, though, this product is made to be a fun rip.
Product Grade: A
Box Grade: B+
Fun Grade: A
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