Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2001 Topps Archives MLB blaster box (Hour 3)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2001 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster)
The cost: 
$50 now ($34.99 then by the box, $3.99 per pack)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Packs per box: 10 (sampling of cards in gallery below)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 80 of 225 (36 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, Lou Brock, Dave Winfield, Mike Schmidt, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella

Inserts: None

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: You don’t see these every day but they offer a glimpse at some of the dramatic differences between now and the year where Topps introduced this brand along with Topps Heritage to help celebrate its 50th anniversary of making baseball cards. This simply consists of reprinted Rookie Cards and final cards for a number of iconic players and then a selection of memorable manager cards, league leaguers cards, decade highlights and World Series cards. The big difference with these? High gloss and a foil stamp. Atop those, all this includes are 170 autographs, three Rookie Relics, three Autographed Rookie Relics, three Topps Proofs inserts and five Autoproofs cards — aka buybacks in the nomenclature of today. Of those inserts, autographs are the easiest at one in every 20 packs — every other box, even here in retail — and those odds are the same in Hobby. I haven’t ripped any of these since that year and was surprised to see them. You typically can happen upon Hobby boxes from time to time — at north of $100 — but these just don’t seem to be as plentiful. This one wasn’t a win on the ink front, but it’s a brand that this collector considers to be a landmark release so it was worth a shot. At $100-plus these seem like a risky rip unless you land one of the big names on rarer Group As … remember those? Although this wasn’t a home run of a box, it was a fun look back at both the early 2000s and all the years of Topps baseball cards.

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

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to 

>> Click here to buy cards on

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s