As a companion piece to my earlier post, here is link to a preview of 2013 Topps Archives Baseball and few comments.
Topps is bringing back the four design model for the base set, this time 1972, 1982, 1985, and 1990. The first thing that strikes me is that there is no 1950s or 60s designs. Usually Topps goes farther back in the vault for these products, so it’s a bit surprising that they pushed it up a little farther. I will admit to being a little excited about the inclusion of the 1990 set. That was around the time I started collecting, so as ugly as that set is, I’m feeling a little nostalgic. I can’t wait to see some modern favorites with those hideous colored borders (1990 Topps is the pug of the card world: so ugly that it’s cute).
There are some new inserts like the 1969 4-in-1 stickers and a set based on the 1973 Topps Basketball design, not to mention a return of the ever-popular Fan Favorites autographs. The autograph checklist looks far from complete, but as it stands I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on Matt Williams or Darren Daulton throwback autogaph. Topps is also included some dual autos including a Giants fans wet dream, Matt Williams and Buster Posey.