For card collectors who enjoy several helpings of nostalgia, Topps Archives continues to deliver a full plate. The 2017 version will feature designs from three random sets, and this year’s product will highlight the 1960, 1982 and 1992 products.
2017 Topps Archive Throwback Designs
The designs give Topps a chance to show off a horizontal look with the 1960 reworks, while the 1982 and ’92 sets will have a more vertical look. The three designs will be evenly split among the 300-card base set.
A hobby box will contain 24 packs, with eight cards to a pack. Topps is planning a May 31 release date and is promising two autographs per hobby box. Cards will include current stars and retired players, and Topps is throwing in some base card variations to spice up the set. Parallels will include Peach, Blue, Red (making its debut) and 1/1 Black cards.
The autograph cards are the popular Fan Favorites, which also will have parallel versions in Peach, Blue, Red (numbered to 25) and Gold (1/1). Paying homage to a 57-year-old set, the 1960 Rookie Star Autograph mirrors the design of first-year players from 1960. The 1959 Bazooka Autograph cards returns the nostalgia of those cards that were on the bottom of boxes and had to be cut out. They will appear one per case.
Inserts will include 1959 Bazooka Baseball designs that have been configured to fit a regular card design. The 2016 Retro Original cards depict the game’s top players in a throwback design. Each insert will have parallels, too.
Every year, Topps Archives brings together card designs from different years. Vintage purists would prefer more retro designs, ditching the 1980s and ’90s stuff, but their inclusion opens a new avenue for collectors of a new generation.