After creating a product consisting of retired player autographs on old cards, Topps is creating an Archives Signature Series edition for active players.
The company has announced plans for the summertime release, although no specific date was given.
Topps and Bowman cards from past products will be used to acquire autographs from current MLB players. Those cards will be stamped with Signature Series emblem, serial numbered and encased. As in the retired player editions of 2015 and 2016, there will be only one card per box and 12 boxes will be packed into a case. While the first edition was generally well-received, many of last year’s retired player autographs sold well below cost not long after release.
Topps didn’t release a checklist for the Active Player Edition and it’s possible they won’t but among the cards shown in early promotional material were a 2011 Topps Update rookie card of Mike Trout and a dual-signed 2001 rookie featuring Albert Pujols and Ichiro. There will also be memorabilia cards from those past issues that will be signed and included in Signature Series. You can probably expect to see players under Topps contracts to be among those included, such as Trout, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and others.
Promotional material indicated 2017 Topps Signature Series Active Player Edition would have “limited production.”
There’s no word on whether there will be a retired player edition of Signature Series this year.