May 31, 2016

Digging Into Archives

Before I start, I want to thank everyone for their support on the Cal Ripken raffle/good deed post from over the weekend. You're all really great for helping in any way you can! If you haven't gotten your ticket and you'd like to take the shot at the Cal auto, you have until this Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can get caught up right here.

Believe it or not, until I walked in today, it had been an entire week since I had set foot in my local Target. I really wasn't looking for anything card related but as I always do, I had to check out that aisle. Much to my delight, I found this:

Honestly, it hadn't even occurred to me to look for it. I knew that it was being released this week(tomorrow to be exact), but I've got a Hobby box with my name on it that I'll be picking up Jimmy(my enabler) who formerly owned/operated Big D's Sports Cards brick and mortar store in Raleigh. Now he just runs Big D's(on a much smaller scale) online. Despite having a box to open later this week, I couldn't leave this blaster on the shelf. Here is a quick rundown of the contents.

Before I start with my impressions, I am not a stickler for original design details. I would much rather crack these packs and focus on the cards that look good regardless of the fact that they are not exactly the same as their historic counterparts. That being said, I love the Satchel Paige in the '53 design and the Bryant and Betts in the '79 design are pretty nice too. 

I noticed as I flipped through the contents of these packs that most of the cards I really liked hailed from the portion of the set that is paying tribute to the 1991 set. That is one of the first sets that I have fond memories of building with my older brother. No matter what has gone on between us since then, I can always think back on putting that set together and smile. I was lucky to pull the blue parallel of Roger Maris which is #/199. It's not often I pull a nice parallel like that AND it's a Yankee.

Here are the inserts I unwrapped. The Topps Super set up top is going to be the next insert set I put on my set building list. They are nicely done.i guess I'm a sucker for those vintage oddball tribute sets from the past few Archives releases. I dig the Father-Son and the Draft Picks because I remember flipping through the originals in my collection when I was younger. I'm not thrilled with the players I pulled though. Last but not least, the big draw for me...

This year, there is a small insert set that immortalizes characters from one of my favorite baseball movies on cardboard. I am going to actively hunt down as many of the Bull Durham cards as I can. Base inserts, colored parallels, autos, etc...I want them all.i am quite disappointed that neither Crash Davis nor Annie have base insert cards. Their likenesses will only be seen on cards sporting their signatures. Maybe I'll get lucky enough to pull the Crash auto from my box later this week. Hey, a guy can dream, right? Thanks for reading.


  1. I like that Topps brought back the Father/Son and the Draft Picks from the 1985 set. I hate that they did it as an insert set in Archives. I long for the days where the flagship included interesting insert sets like those.

  2. I had no clue Archives was out. The Tanaka on '53 is pretty cool.

  3. Thanks for the sneak peek Tim. Great fortune pulling that #'d Maris parallel!

  4. Congrats on the Maris. Always fun to pull guys from the actual team you like.

    I love Bull Durham too! A Crash Davis auto would be so cool, but soooooooo expensive.

  5. I'm also excited about the Bull Durham cards. Some are really down on Topps for the recent movie releases cards, but I think most true baseball fans are also fans of movies like Bull Durham, Major League, and Field of Dreams.

  6. Thanks for the early review. I've got a couple boxes on the way I'm excited to bust.

  7. The team color appropriate parallel Maris is choice! It's nice to see the underappreciated junk wax era designs get there due on quality cardstock in appropriate print runs. After abandoning flagship this year I am chomping at the bit to get ahold of hobby box of Archives.

  8. Pre ordered my Sox archives set. No pack ripping here.