Review: 2020 Topps Archives

  1. Card Design:

Archives creates the nostalgia we look for. That is easy when you have the “archives” that the Topps Company has access to. That was the reason for the creation of Archives and enables Topps to bring modern stars into previous designs. This year’s version features the 1955, 1974 and 2002 versions. 1955 is horizontal with a large player headshot along with a smaller action image with a faux signature and the player info on the bottom within a black box. The 1974 version features a large photo encompassing almost the whole card with a flag at the top left and bottom right with the team name matching the team colors. The remaining white border has the player name and position. For the 2002 version, look for another large photo on a gold border. There is a ribbon in the top left with the team logo and a blue ribbon at the bottom with the player name. The ribbons match the team colors.

Score 4.5/5.0

  1. Checklist Review

There is a full checklist with Archives that includes 325 cards. The first 100 are in the 1955 design. The next 100 are in the 1974 design. The next 100 cards feature the 2002 design. There are some Nickname Poster Cards that are cards 301-315. And the last ten cards use the 1976 Traded design. There is one unique element as there is not a card #314 for some reason. The entire checklist is a mix of current and past stars as always in Archives. There are also 45 rookies with the RC Rookie Card designation.

Score 4.1/5.0

  1. Collectability

As I have already discussed, it is the draw of nostalgia that brings us all into Archives. Plus, we like to see our current stars in a past design which melds the modern and vintage worlds. There is not necessarily a higher value for the older designs, but demand can move those prices upward. 

Score 3.75/5.0

  1. Favorite Parallel/Insert Set

I think due to the different designs in Archives that there is a limited amount of Parallels compared to other Topps releases. Look for Purple (numbered to 175), Silver (numbered to 99), Orange Foil (numbered to 75), Red (numbered to 75), Blue (numbered to 25) and Gold Foil (numbered 1 of 1). The different sets of Inserts are intriguing in Archives including 1955 Mini’s (100-card set), 1955 Bowman (30-card set with Parallels), 1964 Oversized (30-card set with Parallels), 1960 All-Star Rookies (18-card set with Parallels), Nickname Mini Posters (15-card set), 1990 Rookies (15-card set) and 1960 Combo Cards (7-card set with Parallels). 

Score 4.0/5.0

  1. Autos/Relics

Topps Archives falls in the category of some releases as those that have Autos only and no Relics which is fairly uncommon. Still, there is a group of 10 sets of Autos to chase either in breaks or from ripping including: Fan Favorites Autos (49-card set stamped with Parallels), 1955 Mini Autos (39-card set), 1964 Oversized Autos (13-card set), Fan Favorites Premium Autos (12-card set), 1989 Cornfield Autos (11-card set with Parallels), Rookie All-Star Autos (9-card set with Parallels), 1976 Traded Autos (8-card set with Parallels), Rookies Autos (8-card set with Parallels), 1960 Combo Autos (6-card set with Parallels) and Nickname Mini Poster Autos (5-card set).

Score 3.5/5.0

  1. Overall

What other product gives you the opportunity to rip packs like you were in 1955, or 1974 or 2002? That would be Topps Archives. And that is the draw – the nostalgia. Plus you get the opportunity to see players within those designs from years way before they were ever even born. It is unique in that it gives you the opportunity to look back while still staying current.  

Overall Score 3.97/5.0

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