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2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball Cards

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball Cards


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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.

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball

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


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Set Checklist

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Checklist

Active Player Autographs Checklist

76 subjects. Serial numbered.
This is only the list of possible players. A full checklist with print runs and specific cards was not provided.
2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball

Aaron Judge
Adam Jones
Adrian Gonzalez
Albert Pujols
Alex Bregman
Alex Reyes
Andrew Benintendi
Ben Zobrist
Brandon Phillips
Bryce Harper
Buster Posey
Carlos Correa
Charlie Blackmon
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
Corey Seager
Danny Duffy
Danny Valencia
Dansby Swanson
Dan Vogelbach
David Price
Dellin Betances
Derek Norris
Dexter Fowler
Didi Gregorius
Dustin Pedroia
Francisco Lindor
Freddie Freeman
George Springer
Henry Owens
Ian Happ
Ichiro Suzuki
J.D. Martinez
Jacob deGrom
Jameson Tallion
Jason Heyward
Javier Baez
Jeurys Familia
Joe Panik
Jose Altuve
Julio Urias
Justin Turner
Kelvin Herrera
Kenta Maeda
Kevin Kiermaier
Kris Bryant
Kyle Schwarber
Lucas Giolito
Luis Severino
Manny Machado
Manny Margot
Mashiro Tanaka
Matt Carpenter
Max Kepler
Michael Fulmer
Miguel Sano
Mike Trout
Noah Syndergaard
Nomar Mazara
Odubel Herrera
Orlando Arcia
Robinson Cano
Ryan Braun
Ryon Healy
Sonny Gray
Starling Marte
Stephen Piscotty
Steven Matz
Steven Wright
Trea Turner
Trevor Story
Tyler Austin
Tyler Naquin
Wade Davis
Willson Contreras
Yoan Moncada


Product Review

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.

Staff Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

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.

Checklist: 3.0/5.0

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.

Value: 2.75/5.0

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

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball

The box used for this review was provided by Topps.

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2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition Baseball Cards, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2017-11-20T16:00:29+00:00 rating 3.2 out of 5

Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

User Reviews

  1. The day of product release and still no checklist. Pretty weak on Topps part.

  2. yikes. now that its out i wish i hadnt seen it. that is an ugly lineup. luckily its cheap.

  3. Bought one box expecting a crap auto for a /99 benintendi 1st Bowman auto….I’ll take it

  4. Busted one case that was excellent, so like a fool, bought one more. Beyond bad! Best card if you can call it was a Ben Zobist 1/5 auto. Other were horrible. One good / One bad means three stars as middle road product

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