Releasing just prior to Series 2 from the company’s flagship product and around the time Tier One, Topps Archives tries to find its niche each year by providing some non-traditional fun. The product is a mix of current players and past greats, with the cards designed in the mold of three vintage (or at least older) sets. This year, it was 1953, 1979 and 1991 with a base set that has 300 cards in all.
They also create insert cards that harken back to others from the past like this year’s version of the round-bordered 1969 Topps Supers. It’s enough to draw in collectors who appreciate vintage and so is the entertainment/sports fusion of adding cards showcasing popular baseball movies. Last year it was Major League and this year Bull Durham, with its all-star cast, gets the nod.
Each pack of 2016 Topps Archives has eight cards with 24 packs per box and two autographs hiding somewhere inside. Boxes aren’t cheap, with prices currently hovering at around $100, but chances are every pack will include a few big names from current rosters as well as the Hall of Fame.