Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series baseball cards + contest to win our autograph

2016tparchivesbbv2From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series baseball cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 1
Base set completion: 


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Autographs (1) – 
Andy Pettitte 2003 Topps (/4)

What’s Buzz-worthy: This box isn’t the norm for this brand with a relatively rare card, but it is an example of the cooler finds that are out there. There is no checklist for this simple idea of one autographed buyback per box rather just a list of players who signed for the brand. There can be cards from nearly all years of Topps found inside packs here all with on-card autos. Sometimes the cards won’t be perfect condition-wise — they are buybacks — but many are from memorable years for those who collected in the 1980s and 1990s. There also is a fun mix of oddball sets and recent releases that add variety as well as the change at autographed Relics. The only big drawback here is that collation has not been kind to some. Some cases will run hot with many 1/1s and plenty of rarer cards (like this one), while other cases will be stocked with cards that aren’t as rare or in-demand. Some buybacks will sell for more than you might think, while others won’t get you your box-price back. All in all this is a fun product because of its potential and its nostalgia. It’s worth a look.

Product Grade: B+
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Fun Grade: B+

Want to own this card? Leave a comment telling us who you think is the best pitcher in New York Yankees history. We’ll pick a winner from all commenters on Oct. 1. Include your email address in the proper area and your Twitter handle with comment as those will be the ways we will contact winners. (Don’t worry if your comment does not appear instantly. They are all held for moderation and will be approved.)

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80 thoughts on “Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series baseball cards + contest to win our autograph

  1. Glenn olfe September 9, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Mariano Rivera. No doubt


  2. Ryan Channels September 9, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    For sure Mariano Rivera 🔥🔥 Twitter- @Zoso56


  3. Jason September 9, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Whitey Ford


  4. Ken Dunkin September 9, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Mariano Rivera


  5. Anders September 9, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    Mariano was by far the most dominant

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  6. Anders September 9, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Mariano was by far the most dominant (@ap003008)


  7. Scott Everett September 9, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Tought between Mariano and Whitey bull I’d lean Mariano


  8. A.J. Faymore September 9, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Would have to say Mariano Rivera. (@ajax1723)


  9. Cameron September 9, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    If starting a world series game 7… I’ll put ANDY PETTITTE out there!!! That guy was absolutely UNREAL in the Post season! i’ll always be thankful of what he did for us in 2009! GO YANKEES!


  10. Matt Gilman September 9, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I have always like Pettite. He pitched in an era I watched so if you were to ask me I am saying him.

    No Twitter and only email


  11. Bryon September 9, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Lots of good ones to choose from, but I would say Mariano. Hands down the best relief pitcher in history. @odiegoat


  12. Gordon Lee September 9, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    Mariano Rivera


  13. MarkDirk September 9, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Babe Ruth. Best hitter the Yankees ever put on the mound. @dirkveloursing


  14. Cameron September 9, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    Don Larsen! One of the most incredible performances of all time at the biggest stage!


  15. Dave September 9, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Gotta go with Whitey Ford.


  16. chonk344 September 9, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    I guess I’ll go with Mariano Rivera. @chonk34


  17. Darren Becker September 9, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Dwight Gooden. As a Met fan, I was lucky enough to be live for his only no hitter (even if it was in the enemies uniform).


  18. Jlyles September 9, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    To be different, I’m going with Randy Johnson. He may not have been the best while pitching for the Yankees, but he’s one of the best pitchers to ever wear a Yankees uniform.


  19. Vinny Bivona September 9, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Well the guy on the card of course. Andy Pettitte is my vote.


  20. Randy Bordley September 9, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I think that Mo Rivera was the best Yankees pitcher of all-time. I was debating between him and Whitey Ford, but gave Mo the nod because he may be the best closer in MLB history. Great contest, by the way!!!
    Twitter: @RandyB


  21. peeburns September 9, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Mo Rivera! Come on.
    Man I need this. @dj_peeburns


  22. Ryan Sutley September 9, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    Whitey Ford – .690 winning percentage is excellent


  23. Vinny Rapisarda September 9, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Have to go with the “Sandman” Mariano Rivera 🙂 Thank you.


  24. nhronin September 9, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Has to be Mariano Rivera.


  25. Ted Dastick Jr. September 9, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Clemens if you want to include his entire career.


  26. Mike Bodner September 9, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Whitey Ford! @bodnercards


  27. Christopher Hiltner September 9, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I think Whitey Ford was the greatest pitcher in Yankees history. Spent his entire career with the club, and won over 200 career games with them. He also helped then win multiple World Series titles, including 1961 when he was named World Series MVP. That’s who I’d say is the greatest pitcher in Yankees history.

    Thanks for the contest!

    Chris H


  28. Nick Gauder September 9, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Mariano Rivera is the best Yankee pitcher ever! My Twitter is @fadeawaybarber. Thank you for the contest guys


  29. Kyle Herring September 9, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Mariano Rivera. One of the best ever.


  30. Scott September 9, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Carl Pavano was the Janitor, Whitey was the Chairman of the Board, I could have won games with those line-ups, it’s Mariano Rivera and it’s not close.


  31. Justin S September 9, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    I absolutely love Whitey Ford and in my opinion he is the best of all time. MO was the best closer by far but overall gotta give it to Whitey.
    Thanks for the chance I love the Yankees & Mets
    Twitter @DJSeneseiNJ


  32. Barry W. September 9, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    The best pitcher in New York Yankees history is Mariano Rivera with his infamous cutter. @funtocollect


  33. ryan m September 9, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    another great looking topps product, imagine how nice basketball archives would look!!! thanks for the contest


  34. kgunforhire September 9, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Tough, but I’d go Ford very narrowly over Mo.



  35. Anna September 9, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    Defiantly Mariano Rivera! Thanks for the giveaway, I have a friend who would love that!


  36. Drew F. September 9, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Best player to ever pitch for the Yankees is clearly Ruth. @Demyanks42


  37. Randy Taylor September 9, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Would have to go with Whitey Ford for the win!!


  38. Jonar Sebastian September 9, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Beautiful card! Thank You!


  39. Troy Fisher September 9, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I’m going with Whitey Ford. @da_fish2


  40. Robin Cameron September 9, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    I’d have to go with Mariano Rivera @robincameron


  41. Alex September 9, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    My favorite pitcher as a child. As for the best pitcher in the history of the Yankees, I’ll go with The Chairman of the Board, Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford.


  42. Austin McPherson September 9, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    Sandman Mariano Rivera
    Career 2.21 ERA and 652 saves (@texmcpherson)


  43. Austin McPherson September 9, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Mariano Rivera 652 career saves. That pretty much sums it up. (@texmcpherson)


  44. jasondeanmartin September 9, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Dwight Gooden…haha…because I love the Mets!



  45. Robin September 9, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Mariano Rivera!


  46. Scott Miles September 10, 2016 / 12:24 am

    Red Ruffing, why not.


  47. Clinton Mason September 10, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Mariano Rivera! @clintymason


  48. Ben Markham September 10, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I’d have to go with Whitey Ford.


  49. Matt Plamondonm September 10, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Have to say Roger Clemmens! Was always my favourite pitcher and when he went to the Yankees I just had to Follow him even being a Blue Jays fan all my life! Probly not the 1st pick for most, but that’s mine!


  50. Sport Card Collectors September 10, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Has to be Mariano Rivera. Just so dominant



  51. Nick September 10, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I always really liked Andy Pettitte, so I’ll go with him



  52. Ashieft September 10, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    Jim Catfish Hunter


  53. Jeff Morton September 10, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Great looking card, low numbered and of a Yankee great!


  54. @Dingus6105 September 10, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    I’ll go with Whitey Ford. A truly elite pitcher, even following late nights out with Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin.


  55. Ted September 10, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    C.C Sabathia



  56. Kevin Szczecina September 10, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Whitey Ford



  57. Tracy LeVeaux September 11, 2016 / 12:48 am

    I’d say it’s a tie between Whitey Ford and Mariano Rivera. Both great Yankee pitchers. @batcavelv


  58. Matt Saltzman September 11, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Loved Mariano Rivera, I think he’s the most exciting/best pitcher in Yankees history! Love that Pettite thanks for the chance!



  59. erik lokken September 11, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Whitey Ford @eklokken


  60. ozsportsfan1 September 11, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Mariano Rivera @Ozsportsfan1


  61. Jeff Dib September 11, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Tough Choice between Whitey, Mo, and Pettitte, but I’ll have to go with Mariano Rivera (if Pettitte stayed his whole career with the Yanks and didn’t go to Houston, I would have gone with him). Thanks for the chance!



  62. Roger Villacis September 11, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I’ll go with Ron Guidry just to name someone different. Lol


  63. BW September 11, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Joba Chamberlain for sure… !


  64. Teddy Dziuba September 12, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Jim Abbott, for no other reason than the fact that I saw his no-hitter at the old stadium



  65. David Johnson September 12, 2016 / 8:47 am

    There are so many great pitchers who have played for the Yankees. It’s really tough to pick one as the best, so I am going to go with my favorite which is Randy Johnson. While he only played 2 seasons with the Yankees his overall career speaks for itself as one of the most dominant pitchers of all time.


  66. Nick Marrazzo September 12, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Mariano Rivera easily! Guy was insane.


  67. Andy Campbell September 12, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Red Ruffing @acam6966


  68. Seth Murphy September 12, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Mariano Rivera, GOAT!!

    Tweet @ me!!! @Seth_Murphy8


  69. Mark Juffey September 12, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Whitey Ford


  70. Christopher Ricci September 12, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Andy pettitte


  71. matt rivers September 12, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Babe Ruth on the mound and in the box. Only since Sandman was a reliever or hed be the obvious choice. @mriverscards


  72. Dedric Leboeuf September 12, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    The greatest Yankee pitcher I ever got to watch live was Randy Johnson. The fastball, the look, the nickname, he had it all.



  73. AJ Zapanta September 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    For me its Mariano Rivera.
    @SiManoy (Twitter)


  74. Charles Fergie September 12, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Paul O’Neill gave 100% everyday!


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