2014 Topps Archives Baseball CardsBrand: Archives
2014 Topps Archives Baseball is another nostalgia fix that borrows from designs of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Taking it a step further are cards from a pair of Hollywood hits celebrating significant anniversaries in 2014. Although the look may be different, the overall structure remains the same from the past couple of years. Hobby boxes once again promise two on-card autographs.
The 2014 Topps Archives Baseball set consists of 250 cards. There's a 200-card base set that uses the 1973, 1980, 1986 and 1989 Topps Baseball designs. The final 50 cards are short prints. Besides Printing Plates, there are two numbered parallel sets, Gold (#/199) and Silver (#/99).
The majority of the release's signature content falls under the Fan Favorites Autographs banner. These use old designs to offer on-card autographs. While it has relied almost solely on retired players in the past, 2014 Topps Archives Baseball sees current players added to the mix. Also new are Fan Favorites Autographs parallels: Silver (#/25), Purple (#/10), Sapphire (#/5), Printing Plates and Ruby Red (1/1). Exclusive to hobby packs are 1981 Mini Autographs (#/25) and Topps Originals Autographs (#/10). Originals are signed vintage cards that come with a foil stamp noting they're part of the buyback program. Other autographs in the release include Triple Autographs and Pop Culture Cut Signatures.
Memorabilia cards once again take a backseat in 2014 Topps Archives Baseball. However, they're not absent altogether. 1968 Topps Relic Cards use a die-cut design, offering swatches from both retired and active players.
Major League, widely regarded as one of the best baseball movies ever made, turns 25-years old in 2014. Although there are some obscure cards for the movie, there hasn't been a mainstream collection -- until now. There are both basic insert cards and autographs that are fully licensed and use images from the film. Basic Major League inserts have five parallels: Gold (#/25), Red (#/10), Purple (#/5), Printing Plates and Worst to First (1/1). Major League Autographs have a Worst to First parallel as well that is numbered to 10.
Although not a baseball movie, The Warriors also makes an appearance in 2014 Topps Archives Baseball. Celebrating its 35th year, the cult hit features gangs duking it out in New York. One of the gangs, the Baseball Furies wore uniforms and carried bats. Released in 1979, The Warriors celebrates its 35 anniversary in 2014. These inserts are the first cards based on the movie. Besides a basic version, there's a Can You Dig It? parallel numbered to 79.
2014 Topps Archives Baseball draws from several other sets for other inserts. The hobby-only 1997 Stadium Club Firebrand highlights past and present hitters with a die-cut design. Mini Tops Deckle are modeled after 1969 Topps Deckle Edge. These small cards have a black and white photo and come with a rough, stamp-like border. Other inserts include 1987 All-Stars and 1971-72 Hockey. All of these basic inserts have signed versions that are numbered to 25 or less.
As with past years, random hobby boxes and cases come with bonuses. Box toppers come in the form of 1967 Topps The Winners Celebrate (#/99, Autographs #/10 or less). Case loaders include original Topps player contracts.
Estimated Release Date: 5/28/14
Product Configuration: 24 packs per box, 8 cards per pack
Price Point: Low- to Mid-End Baseball Card
Target Audience: Set Builders, Autograph Collectors, Nostalgic Collectors
2014 Topps Archives Baseball Box Break
- 2 On-Card Autographs
- 192 Total Cards
2014 Topps Archives Baseball Set Checklist
Base Set Checklist
1986 Topps Design (#51-100)
1989 Topps Design ($101-150)
1980 Topps Design (#151-200)
Base SPs Set Checklist
1968 Topps Relics Set Checklist
1969 Topps Deckle Minis Set Checklist
1971-72 Topps Hockey Set Checklist
1981 Topps Minis Autographs Set Checklist
1987 Topps All-Stars Set Checklist
1997 Stadium Club Firebrand Set Checklist
Cut Signatures of Pop Culture Celebrities Set Checklist
Fan Favorites Autographs Set Checklist
Major League Set Checklist
Major League Autographs Set Checklist
The Warriors Set Checklist
Topps Originals Autographs Set Checklist
Triple Autographs Set Checklist
1967 Topps The Winners Celebrate Box Topper Set Checklist
Player Contract Case Loaders Set Checklist
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