I purchased exactly one rack pack of 2013 Topps Archives, and I won't be buying any more. I don't know if it's the flimsy card stock, or the fact that I'm getting a bit burnt out on Topps reusing their vintage designs over and over, but I'm just not feeling it. So, all of the cards I pulled (minus the David Ortiz) went straight to my trade box, and I'll be pursuing a Red Sox team set only. As is the case for most sets I don't like, I can usually still find a silver lining, whether it's one certain card that worked for whatever reason, an entire subset, or a hit for example. For this team collector, that silver lining with Topps Archives is the Fan Favorites Autograph.
These signed cards have been the best part about Topps Archives for the past two sets as far as I'm concerned. I love everything about them really. They're on-card and the player selection is very interesting. Sure, you could get super lucky and land something like a Ken Griffey, Jr. or Nolan Ryan, but in all likelihood you'll be staring at Delino DeShields or Tom Brunansky once your wax has been ripped and the dust settles. I don't mind that though, in fact I prefer it. As someone who busts very little wax and collects almost entirely from the secondary market, I am excited at the chance to land autographs of some of these mid-level stars, guys ordinarily relegated to the commons box. Today's card is a perfect example:
Have you picked up any Archives autos the past couple of years?
Sets in my Collection #32: 1954 Bowman US Navy Victories - This is a set that I only have one card of, and it was free! Gotta love free- even though one of the corners is literally missing and the card is so severe...