Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)


Do you like Buzz Breaks? We recently launched 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. This is a faster break in that style — but not the launching of a new 12 in 12. We’ll have another marathon this coming week. (Click the logo below to see the previous posts in the series.)

The box:
2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
The cost: 
$14.99 (originally $19.99)

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-84Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
75 of 300 (25 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Nolan Ryan, Jacob deGrom, Jose Canseco, Frank Thomas, Carlton Fisk, Alex Rodriguez, Jackie Robinson, Rod Carew, Willie Stargell, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton

Rookie Cards (8) – Luke Jackson, Trayce Thompson, Rob Refsnyder, Carl Edwards Jr., Richie Shaffer, Brian Johnson, Max Kepler, Frankie Montas

Insert cards: 5 (gallery below)

1969 Topps Super (2) – Bryce Harper, Sonny Gray
1985 No. 1 Draft Picks (1) – David Price
1985 Topps Father & Son (1) – Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr.
Bull Durham (1) – Tony (Tom Silardi)

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This was a discounted box found at a retail store and it wasn’t that thrilling other than for some names among its standard cards and a pair of inserts (Harper, Griffey). Blaster boxes aren’t all that thrilling for this one, but the simple concept of old designs for new and old players today is one that this collector still likes. This one just hasn’t aged that well for me in the year or so since its arrival — and this being a so-so box didn’t help — but it’s a collector’s kind of rip. It’s perfect for a beginner, a fan or a maybe even a hit chaser who doesn’t mind the odds.

Product Grade: A
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B-

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