Monday, October 24, 2022
Saturday, October 22, 2022
I picked up a couple packs of 2022 Topps Archives Baseball (Hobby) at the LCS today.
Topps Archives has been a favorite of mine for many years, and I tend to
break a couple hobby boxes every year. The "Fan Favorites" autograph
subset, featuring 2 retired player on-card autos per box, had always
been a draw for me.
2021 marked a bit of a shift, with fewer retired player autographs and more current stars, and 2022 has shown an even less diverse retired player auto checklist, so I decided not to spring for a whole box.
That said, those are just my preferences, and I'm sure the newer autograph subsets appeal to plenty of card buyers... and it's not all about the autographs!
This year we are focusing on the aesthetic of 1963, 1978, and 1987 Topps cards.
Starting things off are rookie cards of Jake Meyers and Lucius Fox in the 1978 Topps format. Fans of 1978 Topps may be happy to know that the "Play Ball" game on the back of the base set is present on the back of these cards as well:
Next we have rookie cards of Rodolfo Castro and Roansy Contreras in the 1987 and 1963 Topps formats, respectively. Two RC RC's.
In the 1955 Topps "Scoop" format, we have a Chris Taylor card highlighting his 3 HR game.
Two base cards of Andrew Vaughn (1963 format) and Ketel Marte (1987 format).
Stopped at my fave card shop (Finnigan's in Albany, NY) and picked up a pack of 2022 Historic Autographs Retrograph 2 Baseball.
This is pretty much a product designed for collectors exactly like me who chase buyback and retired player autos. Each pack ($40ish) contains 8 Autographed Cards from 1957 to 2015. Signatures come with an authenticity guarantee, and each card has a hologram on the back to signify said guarantee.
Chase cards include Tony Gwynn, Kirby Puckett, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and others. Each box should have 1 Baseball Hall-of-Famer. So I had a 1 in 5 shot (5 packs per box) at getting one of those cards.
Here we go:
Starting things off we have a Bob Dernier autograph on his 1982 Topps "Future Stars" Card also featuring Mark Davis and Ozzie Virgil. You can see the authenticity hologram on the back in this scan. Dernier won a Gold Glove in 1984.
Next up is Tucker Ashford on his 1984 Topps Card. This is a rather rough looking autograph, seemingly done hastily with a ball-point pen. That's par for the course with these sorts of buyback products, though. Ashford bounced around between 1976 and 1984 in MLB.
Next we have Mike Hartley on his 1991 Fleer Card. Hartley played in MLB and Japan between 1989 and 1995 and coached in Italy beginning in 2012.
Next up is Joe Lawrence on his 1997 Bowman Card. He played a total of 55 games in MLB for the Blue Jays in 2002.
Next is Eric Soderholm on his 1980 Topps Card. 1980 would be Soderholm's final season, albeit for the Yankees, as cumulative knee injuries forced him to retire. For the past 25 years, Soderholm has run a holistic wellness center called Soderworld.
Next we have Todd Walker on his 1997 Topps Card, one of my favorite Topps sets of the 1990's. Walker was a career .289 hitter between 1996 and 2007 and has served as an analyst for NESN.
Next is Eddie Whitson on his 1982 Topps Traded Card. Whitson was a 1980 All-Star for the Giants. He was traded in 1979 to the Giants from the Pittsburgh Pirates. As part of the deal, the Giants sent Pittsburgh...
Bill Madlock, pictured here on his 1984 Nestle (Topps) Card, who was part of the 1979 Pirates World Championship team. Madlock has 4 batting titles to his credit, 3 ASG appearances, and 2,008 hits, and I am quite happy to add this card to my collection.
I would buy a box of this product. Perhaps I will.