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2015 Topps Archives Mets baseball cards

Topps Archives is a set that I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to. The formula is to pick a few of the company’s “classic” set designs and make a mishmash of cards featuring both current and retired players. Throw in a few inserts and some Fan Favorites autograph cards for folks to chase after, and Topps has an easy-to-produce filler for a slot on its summer release slate.

This year, I was even more inclined to ignore Topps Archives since one of its big “selling point” was a series of inserts commemorating Will Ferrell’s spring training publicity stunt.


But something actually made me look at the Mets cards anyway. Six of the 11 Mets players landed cards using the 1976 Topps design, and the folks at Topps actually made the effort to use photos that wouldn’t look out of place on a 1970s baseball card. Five of the six are posed spring training shots, and Matt Harvey‘s action photo is just a spring training warmup picture. David Wright and Jacob deGrom‘s cards are among my favorites of the year.


Topps made a similar effort with the four 1957 style cards — all use posed photos.

Only Tom Seaver‘s card following the 1983 design looks out of place. 2015-Archives-Tom-SeaverSeaver actually played for the Mets in 1983, but the photos Topps selected are from the earlier years of his career. It always bugs me when Topps makes a card for a retired player using a design from the era of that player’s career and doesn’t use a photo from the appropriate time period – don’t ask me why.

Mercifully, no Mets were short-printed. I can’t imagine anyone trying to build the full 1-330 set when there are 30 cards that are found one every three boxes, on average.

A couple of Mets appear on insert cards that I will make some effort to track down, but I don’t think I will pursue any of the Fan Favorites autographs.

Here’s the Mets checklist (not including parallels):

  • 26 Curtis Granderson – New York Mets
  • 42 Juan Lagares – New York Mets
  • 52 Dilson Herrera – New York Mets RC
  • 92 Mookie Wilson – New York Mets
  • 110 Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
  • 145 Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
  • 151 David Wright – New York Mets
  • 156 Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets
  • 176 Zack Wheeler – New York Mets
  • 187 Matt Harvey – New York Mets
  • 209 Tom Seaver – New York Mets

1968 Topps Game inserts

  • 10 David Wright – New York Mets

1990 Topps All-Star Rookies inserts

  • 90ASI-DH Dilson Herrera – New York Mets

Fan Favorites Autographs

  • FFA-AL Al Leiter – New York Mets (1973)
  • FFA-EA Edgardo Alfonzo – New York Mets (1980)
  • FFA-JD Jacob deGrom – New York Mets (1973)
  • FFA-JF John Franco – New York Mets (1989)

1990 Topps All-Star Rookies Autographs

  • 90AS-DH Dilson Herrera – New York Mets
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Mets baseball card of the week: 2013 Topps Archives Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver's 2013 Topps Archives baseball card
Tom Seaver’s 2013 Topps Archives baseball card

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.

There seems to be little rhyme or reason behind the player selection for each year, so in last year’s set we got this bizarre Tom Seaver card, using a relatively early photo of the Hall of Famer as a Met on a 1982 card design even though Seaver actually appeared in the 1982 set as a Cincinnati Reds’ player.

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.

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Some 2013 Topps Archives baseball cards (mostly Mets)

The latest baseball card set to hit the market is Topps Archives, a 200-card nostalgia driven set that recycles the designs of a number of older Topps products.

The base set has four different designs, inspired by Topps’ 1972, 1982, 1985 and 1990 baseball offerings. A couple of the designs seem like odd choices. I’ve yet to meet a collector who loves the garish 1990 set, and while I love the 1972 design I think that Topps is going to that particular well a bit too much – we already had a 50-card set of mini cards inspired by it in Topps Series I.

Five Mets made the cut: Dwight Gooden has a card in the 1972 style, Ike Davis has one in the 1990 style, and David Wright, Johan Santana and Tom Seaver landed in the 1982 section. Only Wright is still actually playing for the Mets…

There are also 45 shortprint cards, which feature players from the past on card designs from their era with new photos, and a whole mess of inserts.

I’m not super-excited about this set, but I did spend $3 to pick up a few cards that interested me at this weekend’s baseball card show. I don’t plan to buy any more, unless I run into a good deal for any of the Mets autographs and have some extra cash at the time.

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