Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Results Are In...And a 2-Pack Break of 2015 Topps Archives

On Friday, I went to the local big box store, hoping to find packs of 2015 Topps Series 2.

Didn't find any.

Terribly disappointed.

But I did find the 2015 Topps AL All-Star Team Retail set, so I bought that, and two packs of 2015 Topps Archives.

Now I'll be honest, I've been really disappointed with Topps Archives since the concept was brought back in 2012. Not because of the cards themselves (I do have the 2012-2013 sets in my collection), but because it has lost its focus. It has become Topps Heritage Lite honestly.

I know there are restrictions to what Topps can produce regarding products with retired players (which is probably the only thing I didn't like about the deal that was made in 2006), but creating cards of current players in designs from that were already used in Topps Heritage is very uninspired. Even the "Fan Favorites" subset, which was the only thing good about this product (for me anyway) became a letdown in last year's product when you added current players to the SP mix.

The autographs, with the faded in section so that players can sign on-card, turned me off. The ATFF's were probably the only autographed cards I actually look forward to trying to get, especially if the subjects weren't part of the base set.

But I'm glad to see that Topps repeated the things I didn't like for this year's Archives set (end sarcasm). It's probably why I wasn't motivated enough to buy a set last year, save for a few packs. And after looking at today's cards, I'm just as motivated. I may come around...especially when set prices fall dramatically about a year or two later.

So what did I get in my pre-Father's Day packs of 2015 Topps Archives? Here are the results:

Pack 1:
  • #59 Yadier Molina, Cardinals 1957
  • #176 Zach Wheeler, Mets 1976
  • #203 Yu Darvish, Rangers 1983
  • #64 Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers 1957
  • #174 Trevor Bauer, Indians 1976
  • #90ASIMT Michael Taylor, Nationals 1990
  • #6 Alexei Ramirez, White Sox 1957
  • #130 Aramis Ramirez, Brewers 1976
  • #278 Alex Cobb, Rays 1983
  • #52 Dilson Herrera, Mets 1957
  • #106 Brandon Finnegan, Royals 1976
  • #253 Whitey Ford, Yankees 1983
  • #22 Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays 1957
  • #158 Kole Calhoun, Angels 1976
  • #293 Josh Harrison, Pirates 1983
  • #71 Matt Holliday, Cardinals 1957
  • #198 Michael Brantley, Indians 1976
  • #215 Mark Teixeira, Yankees 1983
Nothing much to write home about here. You know you're old when even the Sell Sheets are "honoring the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Topps set." Don't get me wrong, the cards look nice up front, but to me it seems like I'm looking at previews of Topps Heritage cards. Bring back the good old days when you're featuring retired players in the designs that make sense (Whitey Ford in a 1983 design...REALLY??!)

Pack 2:
  • #53 Roberto Alomar, Indians 1957
  • #125 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1976
  • #202 Johnny Bench, Reds 1983
  • #88 Lenny Dykstra, Phillies 1957
  • #189 Roberto Clemente, Pirates 1976
  • #23 of 33 Bryce Harper 1968 Insert card (Fly Out, Runners Do Not Advance)
  • #90ASIJS Jorge Soler, Cubs 1990
  • #1 Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 1957
  • #146 Danny Salazar, Indians 1976
  • #244 Cole Hamels, Phillies 1983
  • #70 Jake Arrieta, Cubs 1957
  • #112 Jesse Hahn, Athletics 1976
  • #236 James Shields, Royals 1983
  • #134 Duke Snider, Dodgers 1976
  • #32 Robin Yount, Brewers 1957
  • #213 Brooks Robinson, Orioles 1983
  • #35 Eddie Murray, Orioles 1957
  • #197 Bob Lemon, Indians 1976
Pack two was the absolute winner between the two. Any pack that contains Babe Ruth, Roberto Clemente, Johnny Bench, and six other Hall of Famers, plus two Cubs cards AND a Bryce Harper insert makes this a very loaded pack (okay, most are base, but come on now...four out of the first five cards were of Hall of Famers).

Thinking of putting the Harper card on the Bay, possibly the Soler too. All cards are up for grabs though...make offers or take them off my hands.

But it's Father's Day. This morning, my beautiful wife and two fantastic kids made a huge breakfast and even went to Starbucks to get me a Frappuccino.

While my family was at church to witness the baptism of my nephew Charlie, my in-laws were out in beautiful Crown Point, Indiana, to honor the patriarch of the family with a barbecue. Beautiful day for both events. It's the longest day of the year, no the sun should be up until what 9 pm tonight? And the Cubs won (and those guys from the south side did too apparently). So all in all, a great day.

Good to see some childhood friends today. I hope to see them again tomorrow as they encounter a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza for the first time ever. Trying to convince both to come down to my neighborhood for a killer burger before hand though, but we'll see how that goes.

Happy Father's Day to all Dads, Dads-to-Be, Fathers-In-Law, Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers, Foster Dads, Stepdads, and Just-Like Dads.

"Anyone can be a Father, but it takes a special man to be a Dad!!!" - Maury Povich

Until next time, America.


JayBee Anama


JediJeff said...

"I hope to see them again tomorrow as they encounter a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza for the first time ever."

Or, as it's properly called: pizza

Stubby said...

"Bring back the good old days when you're featuring retired players in the designs that make sense (Whitey Ford in a 1983 design...REALLY??!)"

Of all the complaints that are routinely leveled at Archives, this is the one that I just don't get. At all. Oh, you're not alone (and perhaps I am). But I can't even conceive of the thought process behind this particular complaint. So let's say they put Whitey Ford on the '57 design. Why in God's name would I want that? There's already a '57 Whitey Ford in existence. If I wanted a '57 Whitey Ford, I'd want the real one, not the knock off. OK, so maybe somebody can't afford an original '57 Ford. Leaving aside that there are already reprints of most of the old stuff, having a bogus '57 Ford (even with a different picture) would just breed resentment in me that its not the original.

I would much rather see players on designs that weren't around when they played, either because they came after they retired or they were done before their debut. An '83 Whitey Ford? Hell, yeah. That I can get behind. That's gonna look cool in my collection. Another '57 Ford? Why? Feh!

I know everybody remembers the original Archives so fondly and, yes, I miss the heavier card stock, too. But such a product could not run more than a couple of years without becoming A) predictable and boring and B) impossible. Those early sets focused on rookie year, peak year, and final year designs for the subjects involved. Where could you go after that? How many '57 Fords could you stomach? Or maybe you'd prefer faux cards for every year of their major league careers. But why? Those cards already exist. And given the choice between a box of that kind of Archives every year or a legitimate vintage card of one of the featured players, I'd rather go vintage. But I'll buy a box of Archives to see Ford on an '83 and Dilson Herrera on a '57. Because there are no other '83 Topps design Whitey Fords or '57 Dilson Herreras except in Archives.

I don't get it. I really don't.

Adam said...

I agree with STUBBY. I enjoy being able to see some of the older players on different designs.

I found your blog through the Trading Card Database and I'm always looking for trading partners. I collect Topps main set as well as update, Heritage, and Archives. My collection is focused on collecting Diamond Kings from the 80s & 90s.

Check out my blog and let me know if you'd like to do a trade sometime!