2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball CardsBrand: Archives
The modern buyback brand returns with 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball - Active Player Edition. The hobby-only release packages one autographed buyback in every box.
Whereas the 2016 version focused on former MLB All-Stars, the 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball checklist sees the product shift to current players. Collectors can find encased original cards from the many Topps or Bowman products, including the flagship brand, depicting active MLB ballplayers. These buyback cards have subsequently been signed on-card by the player. Each card is also numbered and foil-stamped with the Archives Signature logo.
Reaching across the Topps baseball lineup during the last few years, the 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player options include standard Buyback Autographs along with Autograph Relics and even multi-player Dual Autographs.
A fairly unique offering as far as Topps products are concerned, the one-card boxes carry a moderate price tag and a large assortment of possible pulls. While specifics were not released, Topps did note that 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball has a "limited production." Coming later in 2017, the Postseason Edition is another choice using the same basic format.
Release Date: 10/25/2017
Product Configuration: 1 card per pack, 1 pack per box, 20 boxes per case
2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Hobby Box Break
- 1 Buyback Autograph Card
2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Checklist
Active Player Autographs Checklist
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Each hobby box is slated to have:
- 1 Buyback Autograph
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2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Product Review
Reviewed by Trey Treutel
Good: All hard-signed cards; moderate box price; all cards numbered.
Bad: Full breakdown of options per player and total cards not provided; uneven checklist; very dicey format.
The Bottom Line: A gamble in every sense of the word, 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active is at least an affordable gamble. As there is nothing new here, you need to be okay with unsigned card from the last few years that have since been autographed. If that tempts you, Archives Signature Series can be a fun spin of the wheel.
Card Design: 3.0/5.0
The design is based solely on the buyback card you receive. As such, the variety is quite large since it can be any previous card for an active player.
No matter what, collectors know they are getting an on-card autograph on a previous Topps release that has been foil stamped and serial numbered, encased in a magnetic, and sealed with an Archives Signature Series sticker. Beyond that, it can be any one of 76 players. To me, it is a little less impressive that many buybacks come from 2016.
With 76 active names, you naturally have highs and lows. Some of the biggest chases include Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Ichiro and Kris Bryant. An interesting wrinkle comes with the more popular releases for key players. For instance, rookie and prospect cards command much more attention when compared to some random base card.
Print runs can vary wildly, as well. Appearing to top out at 99 copies, there are also versions numbered as low as one-of-one. Keeping all that in check, however, are quite a few low-demand players, where even a small print run can't help.
This all contributes to the risk and excitement for a product like this.
At the time of this review, 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition is $45-55 for a sealed box with one random buyback autograph. Hardly cheap for a single card, the value is all over the place because it comes down to just one thing. If you get lucky, there are some big hits. But looking at the checklist and realizing that most of the players with the lower value also have the higher print runs, it can be a total crapshoot. For most, other than scratching that box-opening itch with a few breaks, buying singles can be the much better play.
The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0
While this is normally the case in most products, the fun is all about the results. Our review box yielded a nice one-of-one for a popular player, so it was much more fun. Had we pulled Derek Norris or Henry Owens, the fun level would have greatly dropped. Although most outcomes won't be this favorable, that possibility is what keeps fans rolling the dice.
2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball Hit Gallery
The box used for this review was provided by Topps.