I really don’t “get” the modern incarnation of Topps Archives. The concept started off well.
Topps introduced the “Archives” brand in 1991 when it reprinted its 1953 baseball card set at standard size on modern cardstock with a glossy finish. They followed it up with a reprint of the 1954 set in 1994, and a 1995 reprint set of some classic cards of Brooklyn Dodgers from the team’s final years in New York.
I actually collected and completed the 1991 set and bought a number of packs from the Dodgers set on closeout from Toys ‘R’ Us in the mid-1990s.
Topps brought the brand into the 21st Century in 2001 with a 450-card set featuring reprints of classic rookie and final year cards from various sets. They repeated the concept in 2002 with a smaller, 200-card set focused on players’ “best” years.
That’s where things started to get a bit bizarre – Topps re-created cards from the 1980s overproduction era that were more valuable than the originals because the new ones were more scarce.
Ten years later, Topps re-launched the brand again with a set including a mix of current and retired players on classic card designs. For 2012, they chose 1954, 1971, 1980 and 1984. For 2013, they picked 1972, 1982, 1985 and 1990.
Maybe we can pretend its from an alternate universe where Seaver remained with the Mets for his whole career.
Topps is bringing back the Archives set again in 2014, this time featuring designs from 1973, 1980 (again), 1986 and 1989. I’m sure it will produce at least a few baseball cards that will leave me scratching my head.
Well, the Mets survived some shaky moments tonight and are now 4-0. The Arizona Diamondbacks are the only other remaining undefeated team in the National League.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his first major league home run, Daniel Murphy made a highlight reel play in a big spot… but the most remarkable part of tonight’s game was Mike Pelfrey. Sure, he wasn’t great – but he didn’t crumble when faced with adversity. How often have we seen that?
I don’t think I’ll get to watch any of Tuesday night’s game, but hopefully Dillon Gee can keep the win streak going.
Let me leave you with with a look at a cool Tom Seaver baseball card I picked up for my collection this weekend.