2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Inserts Proving Tough, Selling Strong

2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Inserts Proving Tough, Selling Strong

As collectors get a hefty dose of nostalgia with 2013 Topps Archives Baseball, one basic insert set is proving particularly difficult to find. Thus far, the 2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase is proving to be just that. Available only in packs available at places like Walmart, Target and other retail outlets, the combination of exclusive distribution and long odds is ensuring that not many are showing up. And those that do are fetching some very solid prices -- even with such an unimaginative name.

2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase cards are inserted 1:136 packs. The cards take on the design of the 1989 Topps Baseball All-Star subset. The cards are bright, busy and tough to miss.

With a 20-card checklist, finding individual players further adds to the set's difficulty. Early eBay sales of show a broad range of prices. Multiple Derek Jeter cards have topped $40, not bad for a very basic insert card.

2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Derek Jeter 2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Bryce Harper

Ten of the cards also have autographed versions that are even rarer. Each is numbered to 10. Cards are not signed on-card. Rather they use stickers.

While the number of 2013 Topps Archives Baseball autographs sold on eBay during the first five days of release approaches 1,000, the number of Retail Chase inserts that have switched hands on the site is less than 20.

2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Checklist

RC-AP Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
RC-AR Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
RC-BH Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
RC-CK Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
RC-CS Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
RC-DF David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
RC-DJ Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
RC-GG Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
RC-JP Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
RC-JV Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
RC-MC Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants
RC-MCA Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
RC-MM Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
RC-MT Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
RC-RA R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
RC-RB Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
RC-RC Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
RC-WM Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox
RC-YC Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics
RC-YD Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Autographs Checklist

RCA-AR Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
RCA-CK Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
RCA-CS Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
RCA-DF David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals
RCA-GG Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
RCA-MT Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
RCA-RA R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays
RCA-RB Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
RCA-YC Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics
RCA-YD Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

Top eBay Listings

Matt Cain 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase SP All Star SSP #RC-MC
$20.00

Yu Darvish 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase SP All Star SSP #RC-YD
$18.00

2013 topps Archives Retail Chase Chris Sale Auto 1 10
$99.99

David Freese 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase Auto RARE 10
$24.99

R.A. Dickey 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase SP All Star Beckett Graded 9 Mint
$25.00

Yoenis Cespedes 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase Insert SP RARE MINT Oakland As
$34.99

2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES 1989 ALL-STARS RETAIL RA R.A. DICKEY TORONTO BLUE JAYS NMMT
$20.99

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection and can be found onGoogle+.

User Comments

  1. I LOVE these inserts. I wish they were a little less tough, but they are really great looking.

    I really like what Topps is doing here by reducing the print run of the basic insert and moving to 1-per-case relics. Doing so increases the value of both and makes collecting more of a challenge without affecting the base set. I wish they would more widely adopt this strategy across their brands, but with some middle ground. 1:100+ packs for a basic insert is too rare to be collectible, but something like 1:20 for a set like this and you could really have a winner.

  2. GrandCards » I agree. Personally, I think we’ve become conditioned to the “hit.” Tiered inserts have a history of holding solid value. I think there’s room for ones with long odds, though the specific pack distribution here is what makes it even trickier.

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