by Mike Fruitman
Sure it’s the middle of May, but as may people say, the NFL has no off-season. 2013 Topps Archives football arrived at my store Wednesday and these are few better signs for a product’s success than when a collector is willing to camp out for a product to arrive. Hobby boxes of Archives feature 24 packs and offer an average of two autographed cards.
Check out this partial list of set designs that Topps used the way back machine to recreate. How about base cards with the 1976 and 1986 design, inserts with the 1000 Yard Club style, 1968 Topps Stand Up, 1970 Topps Glossy Set, 1988 Topps Minis Autographed Set, 1965 Topps Tall Boys Autographed Box Loaders, (hold on, I need to take a breath here) 1985 Topps Box Bottoms, Topps Mayo Cut Plug, 1984 Topps Autographed Booklets and Topps USFL Buyback Autographed Cards.
The autograph checklist is more than jaw dropping. Of course hobby heroes Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III make an appearance. They are joined by superstars including Tom Brady, Dan Marino, John Elway, Ray Lewis, Joe Montana, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman, Tim Tebow (get his NFL cards while you can) and many more.
Oh, did I mention that there are celebrity cut signatures? Yes, along with your Ed “Too Tall” Jones autograph, you can snag a 1-1 cut signature of “not so tall” actor, Danny Devito.
While there are no live cards of the 2013 rookie class, Topps has included redemption cards from 2013 NFL Rookie Premiere attendees. I know my local collectors will be gunning for anything signed by Denver Broncos rookie RB Montee Ball or potential stars like Denard Robinson, Matt Barkley, Eddie Lacy, E. J. Manuel, Geno Smith, Manti Te’o and others.
Now pulling a John Elway 1/1 printing plate card is awesome anywhere, when you can pull it in my card store in Aurora, CO, it is that much sweeter.
You can be in Colorado, New York, Istanbul or anywhere else on earth, when you pull an autographed RG III card /25 then it is an awesome day.
We started with three cases of 2013 Topps Archives football when these arrived Wednesday morning and by the time it came to close, we were more than half way sold of out of our direct order. With monster hits like these coming out of our boxes, we expect to be out of our last case by the weekend.
Mike Fruitman owns Mike's Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, Colo. You can read his column here every week (or close to it), focusing on what products are selling best in hobby shops. See his eBay listings here. Enjoy new arrivals and big hits from Mike’s on Twitter. Mike’s is always looking for more friends on Facebook and you can email him at [email protected]