Set for release Wednesday but already trickling into retail stores, 2015 Topps Archives Baseball continues the annual series of past meets present. Hobby box breakers can expect to find 24 packs per box, eight cards per pack and two autographs. A full checklist is linked below.
The list of autograph singers is a fairly lengthy one and includes Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Clayton Kershaw, Giancarlo Stanton, Nolan Ryan and a host of several dozen other current and former players as well as Will Ferrell.
This year’s base set is made up of 300 subjects. Topps decided to turn back the clocks to 1957, 1976 and 1983 as the designs for the base set with each vintage design represented in equal amounts. Topps says the inclusion of the 1983 set is to pay respects to the late, great Tony Gwynn who passed away earlier this year.
Boxes will generally run about $90-100, although the announcement of randomly inserted autographed cards of Ferrell could increase that much like the Major League cards did for 2014 Topps Archives.
There will be silver, gold and 1/1 black base card parallels. Each will be numbered but Topps has yet to announce any specifics except for the black variation, which of course will be 1/1.
The Fan Favorites autograph is set to make its return to Archives with Topps promising on card signatures. This set will also follow the base rainbow of silver, gold and 1/1 black parallels. One autograph set to make its debut will be the 1990 Topps No. 1 Pick on its 25th anniversary. Subjects who may appear in any set have yet to be announced.
Topps will pay homage to its 1990 set with its #1 Draft Pick cards returning in Archives, much like what collectors saw when they opened packs 25 years earlier.
As always Topps has included buyback autographs featuring older cards bought back by the company and now hand signed by the players and included in packs.
Inserts also give a retro vibe and this season is no different with the presence of 1968 Topps Game. These cards feature the older designs of Topps but with a spin as they feature some of today’s greats and this time, they’ll have the standard square corners rather than the rounded design of ’68.
Not all cards are baseball based in this years Archives. This go around Topps has included Presidential Chronicles that display past Presidents of the United States. Also be on the look out for the rare Presidential Cut Signatures, which are 1/1’s.
2015 Topps Archives boxes are being sold on eBay.