The arrival of 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition baseball cards this week offers an interesting twist on the products that have been, relatively speaking, a fun rip in recent years.
The idea? A signed buyback card in every pack — except this time it’s today’s stars on cards from the recent past and on their Rookie Cards, a bit of a do-over with signed RCs or prospect cards for those who never had them.
Aaron Judge has a high-dollar 2013 Bowman Chrome auto with a full rainbow but this time his base card gets enhanced, stamped and encased and somebody will land that for the price of box. With 99 copies signed, it’s actually one card that’s very plentiful in this release– and yet one of them sold for $350 on eBay.
Don’t believe it? Check out the video above that teases some of the big inclusions and check out the gallery below — there are a ton of 1/1 autos popping out of these boxes and a lot of them are names that should spark demand from collectors. At worst, this will be a brand where player collectors can have a field day picking off their players’ ink.
Which cards are signed? We don’t know yet — just a signers’ list was officially released — but it’s a crop that includes Judge, Andrew Benintendi, Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Yoan Moncada, Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Trout to name a few.
The possibilities are opened up to anything made by Topps in any of its brands, too, meaning that wider scope can help lower the volume of particular cards signed, which probably helps the 1/1 presence rise. For those who land a hot player or a generally popular player, that potentially helps your return on the rip quite a bit. (Here’s another vid of a big pull to watch … )
And for those who miss the past approach of throwback players? Well, a Postseason Edition of this one drops next month and it will widen the signed RC scope even more to include some icons from the past.
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