2017 Topps Archives Baseball — A Fan Favorite!

Got a box of 2017 Topps Archives from DJ’s Sportscards ($104.99 + tax, 24 packs, 8 cards per pack).  For the past couple of years, Archives has been one of my favorites.  It’s a mix of current stars and rookies, legends, and personalities presented in nostalgic designs.  Topps usually uses one design from before my time, one design I remember from my adolescence, and one after those days (but before my current collecting revival).

 

Here’s what the base cards look like this year:

My favorite is the oldest design.  I also like the middle one.  (I remember it from my youth, and when I found some of my old cards at my parents’ house, indeed I had many of them.)  A lot of people have criticized Topps for using the most recent design so quickly but it doesn’t bother me, it is what it is and it’s fine.

One of the draws of the Archives hobby boxes is that they include two “Fan Favorites” on-card autos, featuring present stars and rookies as well as other players and other personalities with interesting stories.  I was pleased with the ones I got.  It took till the 19th pack, but the first was a jaw dropper — an Alex Bergman RC blue parallel auto # 05 /75!!! The second one was cool too, a Billy Bean auto (not the Moneyball guy, but a player who came out as gay after he retired and now serves as the MLB’s inclusion ambassador, I believe).

 

To my knowledge, there are not GU and relic cards in this set.  However there are a fair number of other inserts:

Four 1959 Bazooka Baseball minis (Gurriel RC, Ryan, Corey Seager, and Ozzie Smith)

 

Two peach parallels (Steven Matz and Jake Thompson RC)

 

Two 2016 Retro Original inserts (Lindor and Verlander)

 

One missing blackplate / missing facsimile auto (Garciaparra)

 

One action shot variation minus facsimile auto (Whitey Ford)

 

Two 1960 Rookie Stars (Judge & Glasnow)

 

Three Derek Jeter reprints (the blue parallel is # /50)

 

I have a second box on the way and think I will go for completing the 300 card base set.  Overall 2017 Topps Archives is a favorite of this fan, and I’d give it a solid 4 stars out of 5!

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