2017 Topps Archives will feature designs from three random sets, and the latest edition of the long-running product will highlight the 1960, 1982 and 1992 Topps designs but you’ll see others as well. It’s due out May 31. A full checklist is below.
2017 Topps Archive Throwback Designs
It gives longtime collectors pause to know that the 1992 set came out 25 years ago. Some might even call it vintage, but that label doesn’t seem appropriate for that era of cards just yet.
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.
Also sprinkled among selected packs will be Topps Original Autographs. These will be on-card signatures that will be numbered and foil stamped.
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.
You can see 2017 Topps Archives for sale here.