First Buzz: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards


What: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards
Arrives: May 31
Box basics: Two autograph cards per 24-pack box (10 boxes per case)
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What’s buzz-worthy: Topps Archives returns with “a more comprehensive and diverse autograph checklist” but (at least based on what’s been revealed so far) without a pop culture-based autograph insert set that has been the hallmark of this brand in recent years.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.


The Basics: The 300-card base set will showcase the 1960, 1982 and 1992 Topps designs and there will be new unannounced variations for 20 cards, new throwback on-card autographs and a Bazooka autograph card in every case. … The ink will include Fan Favorites — which are to include “baseball personalities” as well as players — with Peach (/TBD), Blue (/TBD), Red (/25) and 1/1 Gold parallels, while the Bazooka cards (/TBD) will carry the 1959 design. Also in the fold will be 1960 Rookie Star autos (/TBD) and Topps Originals buybacks, which also will be numbered. … The base set will have Peach, Blue, Red (/25) and 1/1 Black parallels. … The insert lineup will include 1959 Bazooka, Retro Original (a new design that looks old) and parallels of both sets.

Update: Blaster boxes will include a bonus pack including two metallic Topps Coins using the style from 1987. There also will be an extensive Derek Jeter Retrospective set complete with autographs. 

Interestingly for base cards it appears that all cards have variations. The 1992 designed cards all have gold foil “winners” variants, while the 1982 cards have “blackless” cards missing their black ink (no facsimile auto is the obvious sign) and the 1960 cards can also be found on darker stock. Other variations’ printing codes end with 799.

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