We won’t know how the product sells until late next spring at the earliest, but we do know that 2014 Topps Archives baseball will again bring its share of quirkiness to the table. When it arrives right around Memorial Day, Archives will come eight cards per pack with 24 packs per box and ten boxes to a case. Each hobby box will hold two autographs.
Case loaders include original Topps player contracts similar to those sold in the Topps Vault eBay auctions.
The 2014 Topps Archives base set will consist of 250 cards, with the last 50 being short prints and the checklist including current stars, retired stars and top rookies. There will be four different vintage Topps set designed used in the base set:
• 50 cards (1973 Topps Design) #’d 1 – 50
• 50 cards (1986 Topps Design) #’d 51 – 100
• 50 cards (1980 Topps Design) #’d 151 – 200
• 50 Short Printed Base Cards #’d 201 – 250
Hobby only parallel cards include:
• Archives Gold #’d to 199
• Archives Silver #’d to 99
• Base Card Printing Plates
There will be insert cards and autographed cards to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic baseball movie, Major League. Aside from commemorative cards, which will have a series of low numbered parallels, actors from the motion picture will sign a limited number of autographs. It’s not yet known which stars have contracted to sign, although Tom Berenger (Jack Taylor) and Corbin Bernsen (Roger Dorn) are pictured in promotional literature.
Topps put “Jack” Taylor on Berenger’s card in its early promo materials rather than “Jake”, which was his character in the movie. One would assume the correction will be made before Archives arrives.
On the Topps Original Autographs, stars will sign copies of a vintage card, which will be sequentially numbered to 10 and include a Topps Originals foil-stamped logo. There will also be Triple Autographs and pop culture stars autographs.
Archives is known for being all over the place with its throwback designs and 2014 will be no exception. They’ll be reproducing everything from the 1997 Stadium Club Firebrand die-cut design using past and present players (hobby only), to 1971-72 Topps hockey designs, 1987 Topps All-Star designs with autographs numbered to just 5 and 1969 Topps Deckle minis (also hobby only).