One pack, one card, one autograph.
That is the theme for 2015 Topps Archives Signature Series baseball, a limited-edition high-end product that will be released Wednesday, December 9. The checklist has been released by Topps and is below.
It’s a simple concept — each pack of Archives Signatures will have one original Topps or Bowman card autographed by the player.
The signatures will be on the card (no stickers) and will be of former major-league players. Each card also will be encased in a protective holder and sequentially numbered.
Each card will be stamped and carry a serial number.
As one would expect, there are some big name Hall of Famers but also some guys who aren’t exactly in demand. By our count there are about 30 Hall of Famers or players who will likely be elected to the Hall fairly soon. That leaves a little over half of the 67-player checklist who are not. Pulling a Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax or Ken Griffey Jr. will be nice. Landing Lenny Dykstra, Livan Hernandez or Shawn Green, not so much.
Topps has used buyback and autographed buybacks before, particularly in its Heritage product, but the upcoming product is virtually identical to 2004 Topps Originals.
The 2006 Bowman Originals was a higher end product that had two buyback autos per pack. Those were modern autographs. Topps Archives Signature Series takes the collector back into baseball’s past.
Here’s the full checklist:
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Sr.
Cal Ripken Jr.
Boxes are available online for $45-55 and it’s likely to be a popular case break product.