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 212x300 Image 2013 Topps Archives Baseball Retail Chase Bryce Harper 215x300 Image

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.

2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase Autographs Yoenis Cespedes 212x300 Image

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

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Yoenis Cespedes 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase Insert SP RARE MINT Oakland As
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Yoenis Cespedes 2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase Insert SP RARE MINT Oakland As
$27.99
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MANNY MACHADO "BALTIMORE ORIOLES" 2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES 1989 ALL-STARS RETAIL SSP
$99.99
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MANNY MACHADO BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES 1989 ALL-STARS RETAIL SSP B
$99.99
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MANNY MACHADO BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES 1989 ALL-STARS RETAIL SSP C
$99.99
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2013 Topps Archives Anthony Rizzo 1989 ALL STARS RETAIL SSP
$64.99
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YOENIS CESPEDES 2013 TOPPS ARCHIVES SP RETAIL 1989 ALL-STAR AUTO 10 A's TIGERS
$88.00
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2013 Topps Archives Retail Chase SSP Anthony Rizzo
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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 ยป 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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