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2012 Topps Archives Baseball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

Featuring 200 players

PARALLEL CARDS: Gold 1:12 Packs, 4 Color Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby)

1954 Base
1 Matt Kemp
2 Nick Swisher
3 Jered Weaver
4 Matt Garza
5 Freddie Freeman
6 Paul Goldschmidt
7 Cole Hamels
8 Matt Moore
9 Brett Gardner
10 Ryan Braun
11 Curtis Granderson
12 Pablo Sandoval
13 Mark Teixeira
14 Yadier Molina
15 Madison Bumgarner
16 Yunel Escobar
17 Mat Latos
18 Tom Seaver
19 Brandon Beachy
20 Robinson Cano
21 Jeremy Hellickson
22 Mickey Mantle
23 Chris Young
24 Lance Berkman
25 Dan Haren
26 Paul Konerko
27 Carl Crawford
28 Melky Cabrera
29 B.J. Upton
30 Jacoby Ellsbury
31 Joe Morgan
32 Adam Jones
33 Jon Lester
34 Jaime Garcia
35 Zack Greinke
36 Martin Prado
37 Jose Valverde
38 Billy Butler
39 Jackie Robinson
40 Nelson Cruz
41 Corey Hart
42 Aroldis Chapman
43 Wade Boggs
44 Cal Ripken Jr.
45 Carlos Ruiz
46 John Danks
47 Drew Pomeranz
48 Grady Sizemore
49 Mike Moustakas
50 Albert Pujols
1971 Base
51 Roy Halladay
52 Geovany Soto
53 Adam Wainwright
54 Jemile Weeks
55 Jesus Montero
56 Alex Rodriguez
57 Josh Beckett
58 Tommy Hanson
59 Hunter Pence
60 Mariano Rivera
61 Brian McCann
62 Hanley Ramirez
63 Tim Hudson
64 Derek Holland
65 Jordan Zimmermann
66 Andrew McCutchen
67 Justin Verlander
68 Drew Storen
69 Ryan Zimmerman
70 Joey Votto
71 Jimmy Rollins
72 Ian Kinsler
73 Shaun Marcum
74 Ty Cobb
75 Reggie Jackson
76 Victor Martinez
77 Chipper Jones
78 Miguel Montero
79 Ervin Santana
80 Troy Tulowitzki
81 Adrian Beltre
82 Jose Reyes
83 Craig Kimbrel
84 Nyjer Morgan
85 Matt Holliday
86 Trevor Cahill
87 Clay Buchholz
88 Mike Schmidt
89 Lou Gehrig
90 Joe Mauer
91 Ted Lilly
92 Jordan Walden
93 Matt Harrison
94 Anibal Sanchez
95 Yoenis Cespedes
96 Phil Rizzuto
97 Brett Lawrie
98 Johan Santana
99 Brandon Belt
100 Miguel Cabrera
1980 Base
101 Adrian Gonzalez
102 Dee Gordon
103 Ricky Romero
104 Yovani Gallardo
105 Torii Hunter
106 Alex Gordon
107 Josh Johnson
108 Cliff Lee
109 Catfish Hunter
110 Jose Bautista
111 John Axford
112 Todd Helton
113 Ryan Howard
114 Jason Motte
115 Gio Gonzalez
116 Alex Avila
117 George Brett
118 Desmond Jennings
119 Yu Darvish
120 Tim Lincecum
121 Heath Bell
122 Dustin Pedroia
123 Ryan Vogelsong
124 Brandon Phillips
125 David Freese
126 Rickie Weeks
127 Evan Longoria
128 Shin-Soo Choo
129 Darryl Strawberry
130 Mike Stanton
131 Elvis Andrus
132 Ben Zobrist
133 Mark Trumbo
134 Chris Carpenter
135 Mike Napoli
136 David Ortiz
137 Jason Heyward
138 Joe DiMaggio
139 Ivan Nova
140 Buster Posey
141 J.P. Arencibia
142 Ozzie Smith
143 Marco Scutaro
144 Ike Davis
145 Howie Kendrick
146 Jarrod Parker
147 Justin Masterson
148 R.A. Dickey
149 Dustin Ackley
150 Clayton Kershaw
1984 Base
151 Stephen Strasburg
152 Johnny Cueto
153 Felix Hernandez
154 Starlin Castro
155 Ichiro
156 Ubaldo Jimenez
157 Carlos Gonzalez
158 Michael Young
159 David Price
160 Prince Fielder
161 Chase Utley
162 Jayson Werth
163 Aramis Ramirez
164 Kevin Youkilis
165 Jay Bruce
166 CC Sabathia
167 Michael Pineda
168 Carlos Santana
169 Michael Morse
170 Justin Upton
171 Lucas Duda
172 James Shields
173 Daniel Hudson
174 Asdrubal Cabrera
175 Justin Morneau
176 Eric Hosmer
177 Shane Victorino
178 Adam Lind
179 Michael Bourn
180 David Wright
181 Matt Cain
182 Ian Kennedy
183 Dan Uggla
184 Jim Rice
185 Roberto Clemente
186 Brian Wilson
187 Nolan Ryan
188 Vance Worley
189 Babe Ruth
190 Josh Hamilton
191 Yogi Berra
192 Brad Peacock
193 Lonnie Chisenhall
194 Gary Carter
195 Brandon Morrow
196 Andrew Bailey
197 Allen Craig
198 Casey Kotchman
199 Mark Reynolds
200 Derek Jeter
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SP Set Checklist

High-numbered short prints (1:4 Packs). Short prints are numbers 201 to 240. Bryce Harper (#241) is a SSP.

201 Don Mattingly
202 Mike Scott
203 Willie Mays
204 Ken Singleton
205 Bill Buckner
206 Dave Kingman
207 Vida Blue
208 Frank Howard
209 Will Clark
210 Sandy Koufax
211 Wally Joyner
212 Andy Van Slyke
213 Bill Madlock
214 Mitch Williams
215 Brett Butler
216 Bake McBride
217 Luis Tiant
218 Dave Righetti
219 Cecil Cooper
220 Ken Griffey Jr.
221 Jim Abbott
222 John Kruk
223 Cecil Fielder
224 Terry Pendleton
225 Ken Griffey
226 Jay Buhner
227 John Olerud
228 Ron Gant
229 Roger McDowell
230 Lance Parish
231 Jack Clark
232 George Bell
233 Oscar Gamble
234 Shawon Dunston
235 Ed Kranepool
236 Chili Davis
237 Robin Ventura
238 Jose Oquendo
239 Von Hayes
240 Sid Bream
241 Bryce Harper
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Base Short Print SSP Card Image

Fan Favorites Autographs Set Checklist

Inserted 1:12 packs. Jose Oquendo has 9 different autographs, one per position. Cards feature different photos and position is noted on the back of the card.

FFA-AO Al Oliver
FFA-AOT Amos Otis
FFA-AVS Andy Van Slyke
FFA-BB Bob Boone
FFA-BBE Buddy Bell
FFA-BBU Bill Buckner
FFA-BG Bobby Grich
FFA-BH Bud Harrelson
FFA-BHA Bryce Harper
FFA-BL Bill Lee
FFA-BM Bake McBride
FFA-BMA Bill Madlock
FFA-BOG Ben Oglivie
FFA-BP Boog Powell
FFA-BR Bobby Richardson
FFA-BRB Brett Butler
FFA-BT Bobby Thigpen
FFA-CC Cecil Cooper
FFA-CD Chili Davis
FFA-CF Cecil Fielder
FFA-CJ Cleon Jones
FFA-CL Carney Lansford
FFA-DD Doug DeCinces
FFA-DDR Doug Drabek
FFA-DG Dick Groat
FFA-DK Dave Kingman
FFA-DM Don Mattingly
FFA-DMA Dennis Martinez
FFA-DR Dave Righetti
FFA-EK Ed Kranepool
FFA-FH Frank Howard
FFA-GB George Bell
FFA-GF George Foster
FFA-GL Greg Luzinski
FFA-HA Hank Aaron
FFA-JA Jim Abbott
FFA-JB Jay Buhner
FFA-JC Joe Charboneau
FFA-JCL Jack Clark
FFA-JKE Jimmy Key
FFA-JKR John Kruk
FFA-JMC Jack McDowell
FFA-JO John Olerud
FFA-JOQ Jose Oquendo (9 different versions - 1 per position)
FFA-JW Jim Wynn
FFA-KG Ken Griffey
FFA-KGJ Ken Griffey Jr.
FFA-KS Ken Singleton
FFA-LP Lance Parrish
FFA-LT Luis Tiant
FFA-ML Mickey Lolich
FFA-MSC Mike Scott
FFA-MW Maury Wills
FFA-MWI Mitch Williams
FFA-OG Oscar Gamble
FFA-RG Ron Gant
FFA-RK Ron Kittle
FFA-RL Ray Lankford
FFA-RM Roger McDowell
FFA-RV Robin Ventura
FFA-SB Steve Balboni
FFA-SBR Sid Bream
FFA-SD Shawon Dunston
FFA-SK Sandy Koufax
FFA-SR Steve Rogers
FFA-TH Tom Herr
FFA-TP Terry Pendleton
FFA-VB Vida Blue
FFA-VH Von Hayes
FFA-WB Wally Backman
FFA-WC Will Clark
FFA-WJ Wally Joyner
FFA-WM Willie Mays
FFA-WW Willie Wilson
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Fan Favorites Autographs Card Image

Yu Darvish Autographs Set Checklist

YD Yu Darvish
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Yu Darvish Autograph Card Image

1975 Gary Carter Autographs Set Checklist

GC Gary Carter

Topps Autographed Originals Set Checklist

Featuring original Topps buybacks signed by player; Serial Numbered #/5; Hobby

Al Kaline
Albert Belle
Bob Gibson
Carl Yastrzemski
Dennis Eckersley
Ernie Banks
Frank Robinson
Hank Aaron
Jim Rice
Johnny Bench
Ken Griffey Jr.
Sandy Koufax
Stan Musial
Willie Mays
Willie McCovey
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Topps Autographed Originals Card Image

Framed Autographed 1983 Minis Set Checklist

Serial Numbered #/25; Hobby

20 Carlton Fisk
30 Jim Rice
83 Ryne Sandberg
230 Fergie Jenkins
270 Dennis Eckersley
280 Bert Blyleven
300 Mike Schmidt
360 Nolan Ryan
500 Reggie Jackson
630 Paul Molitor
83M-AG Adrian Gonzalez
83M-AP Albert Pujols
83M-CJ Chipper Jones
83M-CK Clayton Kershaw
83M-DO David Ortiz
83M-EH Eric Hosmer
83M-FH Felix Hernandez
83M-JB Jose Bautista
83M-JV Justin Verlander
83M-MK Matt Kemp
83M-NC Nelson Cruz
83M-RC Robinson Cano
83M-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
83M-SC Starlin Castro
83M-TG Tony Gwynn
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Framed Autographed 1983 Minis Image

1956 Relics Set Checklist

Featuring 56 players

56R-AA Alex Avila
56R-AE Andre Ethier
56R-AJ Adam Jones
56R-AP Andy Pettitte
56R-BB Billy Butler
56R-BP Brandon Phillips
56R-BU B.J. Upton
56R-BW Brian Wilson
56R-CB Clay Buchholz
56R-CC Cecil Cooper
56R-CG Carlos Gonzalez
56R-DH Dan Haren
56R-DM Don Mattingly
56R-DO David Ortiz
56R-DP Dustin Pedroia
56R-DPR David Price
56R-DU Dan Uggla
56R-DW David Wright
56R-EL Evan Longoria
56R-FT Frank Thomas
56R-GB George Bell
56R-I Ichiro
56R-JC Johnny Cueto
56R-JG Jaime Garcia
56R-JH Jeremy Hellickson
56R-JHY Jason Heyward
56R-JM Jason Motte
56R-JR Jimmy Rollins
56R-JS James Shields
56R-LB Lance Berkman
56R-MB Madison Bumgarner
56R-MC Miguel Cabrera
56R-MM Mike Morse
56R-MMO Matt Moore
56R-MR Mariano Rivera
56R-MT Mark Trumbo
56R-MY Michael Young
56R-NC Nelson Cruz
56R-NS Nick Swisher
56R-OC Orlando Cepeda
56R-PN Phil Niekro
56R-PS Pablo Sandoval
56R-RC Roberto Clemente
56R-RC Rod Carew
56R-RR Ricky Romero
56R-RZ Ryan Zimmerman
56R-SC Starlin Castro
56R-SCA Steve Carlton
56R-TH Tommy Hanson
56R-THD Tim Hudson
56R-THE Todd Helton
56R-THU Torii Hunter
56R-TL Tim Lincecum
56R-WS Willie Stargell
56R-YG Yovani Gallardo
56R-ZG Zack Greinke
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Relics Card Image

1977 Topps Cloth Insert Set Checklist

Featuring 25 players; 1:6 Packs

77C-AM Andrew McCutchen
77C-CC Chris Carpenter
77C-CG Curtis Granderson
77C-CH Catfish Hunter
77C-CL Cliff Lee
77C-DJ Derek Jeter
77C-EH Eric Hosmer
77C-GB George Brett
77C-GC Gary Carter
77C-JB Johnny Bench
77C-JE Jacoby Ellsbury
77C-JH Josh Hamilton
77C-JM Joe Morgan
77C-JR Jim Rice
77C-JV Justin Verlander
77C-KY Kevin Youkilis
77C-MS Giancarlo Stanton
77C-RB Ryan Braun
77C-RC Rod Carew
77C-RH Roy Halladay
77C-RJ Reggie Jackson
77C-RY Robin Yount
77C-SC Steve Carlton
77C-SCA Starlin Castro
77C-WS Willie Stargell
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 1977 Topps Cloth Card Image

1967 Topps Stickers Insert Set Checklist

Featuring 25 players; 1:8 Packs

67S-AG Adrian Gonzalez
67S-CG Carlos Gonzalez
67S-CK Clayton Kershaw
67S-CY Carl Yastrzemski
67S-DJ Derek Jeter
67S-I Ichiro
67S-IK Ian Kennedy
67S-JB Jose Bautista
67S-JH Josh Hamilton
67S-JM Joe Mauer
67S-JP Jim Palmer
67S-JV Justin Verlander
67S-MC Miguel Cabrera
67S-MM Mickey Mantle
67S-MR Mariano Rivera
67S-MT Mark Teixeira
67S-PS Pablo Sandoval
67S-RB Ryan Braun
67S-RH Ryan Howard
67S-RHA Roy Halladay
67S-RM Roger Maris
67S-TL Tim Lincecum
67S-TS Tom Seaver
67S-TT Troy Tulowitzki
67S-WM Willie Mays
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 1967 Topps Sticker Card Image

1969 Deckle Edge Insert Set Checklist

1:12 Packs

69DE-1 Roy Halladay
69DE-2 Evan Longoria
69DE-3 Jose Bautista
69DE-4 Mike Napoli
69DE-5 David Freese
69DE-6 Ichiro
69DE-7 Joe Mauer
69DE-8 Bob Gibson
69DE-9 Juan Marichal
69DE-10 Orlando Cepeda
69DE-11 Carl Yastrzemski
69DE-12 Roberto Clemente
69DE-13 Willie Mays
69DE-14 Harmon Killebrew
69DE-15 Joe Morgan
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 1969 Deckle Edge Card Image

1968 Topps 3D Insert Set Checklist

1:8 Packs

683D-AK Al Kaline
683D-BR Babe Ruth
683D-CS CC Sabathia
683D-CU Chase Utley
683D-DP Dustin Pedroia
683D-FH Felix Hernandez
683D-JU Justin Upton
683D-JV Joey Votto
683D-MC Miguel Cabrera
683D-MK Matt Kemp
683D-MM Mickey Mantle
683D-NC Nelson Cruz
683D-RC Robinson Cano
683D-RCL Roberto Clemente
683D-WM Willie Mays
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 1968 Topps 3D Insert Card Image

Topps Repints Insert Set Checklist

Featuring 50 players; 1:4 Packs

8 Don Mattingly
19 George Brett
28 Brooks Robinson
60 Reggie Jackson
62 Monte Irvin
70 Harmon Killebrew
80 Rod Carew
80 Darryl Strawberry
81 Jim Palmer
88 Bob Feller
95 Johnny Bench
110 Yogi Berra
116 Ozzie Smith
130 Reggie Jackson
150 Duke Snider
160 Eddie Murray
160 Whitey Ford
164 Roberto Clemente
164 Harmon Killebrew
176 Willie McCovey
191 Yogi Berra
191 Ralph Kiner
220 Tom Seaver
223 Robin Yount
228 George Brett
230 Joe Morgan
243 Larry Doby
244 Willie Mays
287 Carl Yastrzemski
295 Gary Carter
300 Tom Seaver
325 Juan Marichal
333 Fergie Jenkins
337 Joe Morgan
338 George "Sparky" Anderson
380 Willie Stargell
385 Jim Hunter
420 Juan Marichal
440 Willie McCovey
440 Roberto Clemente
490 Cal Ripken Jr.
498 Wade Boggs
500 Duke Snider
530 Dave Winfield
550 Brooks Robinson
575 Jim Palmer
635 Robin Yount
640 Eddie Murray
660 Tony Gwynn
712 Nolan Ryan
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Topps Repints Card Image

1982 In Action Insert Set Checklist

82IA-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
82IA-I Ichiro
82IA-JE Jacoby Ellsbury
82IA-JH Josh Hamilton
82IA-JK John Kruk
82IA-KG Ken Griffey Jr.
82IA-MN Mike Napoli
82IA-RC Roberto Clemente
82IA-TG Tony Gwynn
82IA-TT Troy Tulowitzki
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 1982 In Action Insert Card Image

1958 Combos Insert Set Checklist

58-BH George Brett
Eric Hosmer
58-CK Miguel Cabrera
Al Kaline
58-KK Clayton Kershaw
Sandy Koufax
58-KR Matt Kemp
Jackie Robinson
58-LM Tim Lincecum
Willie Mays
58-SC Ryne Sandberg
Starlin Castro
58-SF CC Sabathia
Whitey Ford
58-SH Mike Schmidt
Roy Halladay
58-VB Joey Votto
Johnny Bench
58-YE Carl Yastrzemski
Jacoby Ellsbury
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 1958 Combos Insert Card Image

Archives Book Cards Set Checklist

Featuring 10 cards; Serial Numbered 1/1

ABC1 Darryl Strawberry
Rickey Henderson
Dale Murphy
Andre Dawson
Dave Winfield
Tony Gwynn
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80's Cut-Sig Icons Set Checklist

Featuring 50 players

Bob Barker
James Earl Jones
Vanna White
2012 Topps Archives Baseball 80s Cut Sig Icons Card Image

Insert Printing Plates Set Checklist

Featuring 130 players; Serial Numbered 1/1

Touched By Greatness Set Checklist

Signed oversized card with autograph and hand print; Serial Numbered #/100

Cal Ripken Jr.
2012 Topps Archives Baseball Touched By Greatness Card Image

Box Loaders Set Checklist

Inserted randomly in sealed boxes. Cards are over-sized.

2012 Topps Archives Baseball Box Loaders Card Image

 

Topps Originals Redemptions Set Checklist

Featuring 100 items such as packs, sets and singles

Topps Vault Redemption Set Checklist

1985 Willie Mays Woolworth's Card Contract
1985 Ted Williams Woolworth's Card Contract
1985 Mickey Mantle Woolworth's Card Contract
1991 Nolan Ryan Contract Extension
1981 Mike Schmidt Contract Extension
1953 Tommy LaSorda Contract Extension
1953 Tommy LaSorda Cancelled Check
1968 Nolan Ryan RC Uncut Half Proof Sheet
1979 Ozzie Smith RC Uncut Finished Full Sheet
1971 Uncut Finished Full Sheet
1978 Uncut Finished Full Sheet
1975 Uncut Half Proof Sheet
1975 Uncut Half Proof Sheet
1983 Uncut Half Proof Sheet
Unpublished Chicle Original Art
1970 Display Box Proof Sheet
1964 Hank Aaron Topps Stand-Up #1
1970 Topps Super Set Baseball Binder

Product Details

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What's old is new again with 2012 Topps Archives, a set that's sure to churn the nostalgia inside a lot of collectors. The base set puts today's stars on cards based on 1954, 1971, 1980 and 1984 Topps Baseball sets. Inserts also reach back in time, paying tribute to such memorable releases as 1968 Topps 3D, 1969 Topps Deckle Edge and 1977 Topps Cloth. In 2001 and 2002, Topps produced sets called Topps Archives that used classic designs and new photos to re-imagine cards of baseball's greats. One of the biggest draws of the set are Fan Favorites Autographs. Inserted two per hobby box,  they feature on-card signatures of many of baseball's most beloved players, not all of whom were stats legends. By putting the spotlight on players people admired, the brand gained a faithful following among player and team collectors. Sticking with the historical theme, collectors can also find buybacks, autographed buybacks and prize redemptions for items from the Topps vault.

Product Configuration: 24 packs per box
Price Point: Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Autograph Collectors, Nostalgic Baseball Fans

2012 Topps Archives Box Break

  • Two Autographs
  • Two Gold Parallels
  • Three 1967 Topps Stickers
  • Three 1968 Topps 3D
  • Two 1969 Topps Deckle Edge
  • Four 1977 Topps Cloth
  • Six Reprints

2012 Topps Archives Product Highlights:

  • 240-card base set uses designs inspired from the 1954, 1971, 1980 and 1984 Topps Baseball sets. A total of 40 short prints (1:4) should keep set builders busy.
  • Bryce Harper is a super short print, number 241 in the set. This is his first card with the official Rookie Card logo.
  • Base set parallels: Archives Gold (1:12), Printing Plates.
  • On-card Fan Favorites Autographs (1:12) from some of the most popular players of the past, including Ken Griffey Jr, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax and Hank Aaron. Lesser stars like Andy Van Slyke and Dave Kingman also make the cut as some of baseball's most beloved players. The massive checklist includes up to 75 players.
  • Topps Autographed Originals (10 cards, /5) see past stars signing original cards.
  • Framed Autographed 1983 Minis (25 cards, /25) is a hobby-exclusive. They include player signatures on shrunken versions of 1983 Topps Baseball cards.
  • 1956 Topps Relics (55 cards) use one of Topps' most beloved designs to highlight memorabilia pieces.
  • Random box topper autographs include 80s Cut-Sig Icons and autographs featuring Martin Kove and Billy Zabka, best known as the villains from The Karate Kid.
  • 100 over-sized Touched By Greatness box toppers include both an autograph and a hand print from Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Click here to see a complete checklist of 2012 Topps Archives Baseball Autographs.

Themed Inserts:

  • 1967 Topps Stickers (25 cards, 1:8)
  • 1968 Topps 3D (15 cards, 1:8)
  • 1969 Topps Deckle Edge (15 cards, 1:12)
  • 1977 Topps Cloth (25 cards, 1:6)
  • Topps Reprints (50 cards, 1:4)
  • Insert Printing Plates are exclusive to hobby packs.

Original Cards and Prize Redemptions:

  • Topps Originals - foil-stamped buyback cards.
  • Topps Originals Redemptions - 100 redemption cards inserted good for either a vintage card, pack or complete set.
  • Among the 20 prizes from the Topps Vault Redemptions are an uncut half proof sheet from 1968 Topps Baseball with a Nolan Ryan rookie card, a 1971 Topps Baseball uncut sheet and an original Topps contract with Mickey Mantle for the 1985 Woolworth set.
  • Random cases include original Topps player contracts.

 

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Product Review

2012 Topps Archives Baseball Product Review

Reviewed by Chuck Vanderbilt

Good: Replacing 2011 Topps Lineage, 2012 Topps Archives is a great product for set builders, insert lovers and collectors over the age of 30 looking for a trip down memory lane.

Bad: 2012 Topps Archives is not a product for hit seekers. As long as collectors keep their expectations reasonable there isn't much room for complaint.

The Bottom Line: This is an exceptional product for collectors who like to build sets with clearly defined base cards, short prints and inserts. The product includes current players, Hall of Famers, and other retired favorites.

Staff Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Card Design: 5.0/5.0

2012 Topps Archives Baseball includes card designs from 1954, 1971, 1980, and 1984. This covers a wide range of time for collectors. The years also feel a little random. Perhaps a way the set could be improved in future releases would be to include a design from each decade: the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Collectors should know that all the cards, no matter which design, have the modern feel to them thanks to current card stock. Don't expect to see a card in the 1954 design and feel the rough grain of cardboard like you would out of a Topps Heritage set.

Inserts in 2012 Topps Archives include stickers, 3D cards, cloth cards, Gold Stamp reprints, and Deckle Edge cards, all of which are designed well. However, the Deckle Edge cards stand out more than the others with a black and white photo and a blue ink facsimile autograph.

Checklist: 4.0/5.0

This set does a good job of mixing in different levels of players. There are those that have their names in Cooperstown, those that are current all-stars, and those who were childhood favorites to many collectors. While 2012 Topps Archives includes autographs from the likes of Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, that's not what the set is really focused on. Collectors should expect names like Vida Blue and Jim Abbot to be their autograph hits.

Value: 4.0/5.0

Hobby boxes offer collectors two on-card autographs with a chance at a bonus relic card. Roughly priced at about $65 per 24-pack box, 2012 Topps Archives Baseball has a lot of value in it, though some of that is found in the memories the set conjures up.

The Fun Factor: 5.0/5.0

2012 Topps Archives Baseball is an enjoyable rip for a wide range of collectors. The inclusion of legends and stars of yesterday and today using card designs from the hobby's past will surely have you reminiscing about your collecting past.

2012 Topps Archives Baseball Cards, reviewed by Ryan Cracknell on 2012-06-11T12:45:21+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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User Reviews

  1. Great product! Cool designs, nice vintage look to the cards. The only drawback is the inserts are not really that great. The auto’s are obviously very hard to find not even sure if they are available in retail packs. My local card shop does not even carry this product.

  2. Just a diverse, fun product to open with big upside. I’ve ripped two cases, and I’m impressed.

  3. Good: The 200 card base set is broken up into four 50-card ‘mini-sets,’ each with a different Topps design from the past. Cards 201-240 are SP’s that fall 1:4, making a complete set more challenging. Card #241 (Bryce Harper) is a very rare SSP, so having the chance to pull one of those from your box is a nice added bonus. The throwback feel of the inserts is very nice. Fan Favorites autographs have a handful of players that you don’t often see. All of the autographs are on-card. Who doesn’t love that?

    Bad: For a box that runs about $80-$90, the value isn’t really there. It’s nice that you get two autographs per box, but most are of lesser names. It’s tough to find the value in Archives. There also aren’t a lot of rookies in this release. Looking over the checklist, there’s only six rookie cards in the entire set plus the tough Harper SSP.

    The Bottom Line: 2012 Topps Archives is a fun product to open. If you’re looking to make your money back it might not be for you. However, from a fun standpoint, having all of the different eras put into one set makes this a fun product to open. As mentioned earlier, having an autograph checklist that is all on-card should make everyone appreciate this product.

    Card Design: 5.0/5.0
    Any base set that throws together four different generations of Topps baseball cards gets an A+ in my book. You don’t have that redundant feeling where everything looks the same. The old-school look and feel of the cloth inserts, stickers and 3D cards is awesome.

    Checklist: 4.5/5.0
    Topps Archives has a 241-card checklist that includes current superstars to middle-of-the-road fan favorites to retired legends. Having the set under 250 cards makes it a product that you won’t break your back trying to complete, even with the short prints.

    Value: 3.0/5.0
    While Topps Archives offers two on-card autographs per box, for the most part the autograph checklist doesn’t jump out at you. There are a few superstars on there, but most of the checklist is made up of guys without a ton of hobby value. Even though fans will be thrilled to see certified autographs of some of their favorite players from years past, guys like Bake McBride, Jose Oquendo and Shawon Dunston they don’t have the same pull in the hobby that other players do.

    The Fun Factor: 4.5/5.0
    The fun factor is pretty high in Topps Archives. From the sets-within-a-set base cards to the throwback feel and look of the inserts, Archives is a product both new and old collectors can enjoy. Plus, when you get a product that has certified autographs of players that don’t sign for a lot of sets, that should get collectors excited.

  4. Love it bought 4 box’s and got harper redemption ken grifry Jr redemption and got 83- mini tony gw ynn number to 24 great

  5. Had some tough luck with the autos I pulled in my boxes, but I loved this product. Strong candidate for baseball set of the year.

  6. 4 stars… being someone who started buying cards in 68, I just love the 3-D,the deckle edge black and white and 68,69 borders.
    It takes me right back to the day i opened a nickle pack and there while smelling the gum..Dick Mccauliffe with the home jersey in the cool batting stance..yes a tiger fan. I’ll never forget that moment.
    I can still feel the heat from the sun and the high 5′s from my friends when they saw it.
    topps brings back those days with this set. it’s now the borders more then the players on the cards.
    that is the best part of this set. the crummt part is the price.
    Why dont you do just one set where kids can afford a pack and be blown away with a bryce harper card..or who ever the favorite is? wiht all the big bucks you make, you could make a set with all the fun of the late 60′s with prices that match. Limit how many the dealers can buy and you could make a memory that can last 45 years like it does for me over a common star card. give the kids cheaper memories. thats about it. come Topps…you can do it

  7. I like the old 80′s designs in a glossy better stock. I think the auto’s in this set are my favorite for this year.

  8. Opened a pack yesterday, enjoyed my finds. I did get a Duke Snider reprint and Nolan Ryan base card so that made my day. I have the worst luck at getting any pulls so this kind of set (few inserts and pulls) is right up my way with the various designs throughout the years. Fun!

  9. My luck finally came in! Bought a pack on a why not feeling……. Ken Griffey Jr fan fav redemption. SWEET!!!!

  10. Gunnar » Nice!

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