2018 Topps Archives Baseball is arriving a little later in the season. But it’s still bringing with it a retro vibe that covers several decades and spans multiple generations. And this time it’s bringing along the stars of The Sandlot for some inserts and autographs.
Sticking with tradition, hobby boxes have a pair of on-card autographs.
Getting Down to Basics with the 2018 Topps Archives Baseball Base Set
The 2018 Topps Archives Baseball main set has 300 cards. Like usual, it’s split between three past baseball designs: 1959, 1977 and 1981. Each has 100 cards.
Parallels include Purple (/175), Silver (/99), hobby-only Blue (/25) and Gold Foil (1/1).
A handful of cards have rare variation versions. Topps hasn’t announced what to look for other than that the difference are “subtle.”
Over the past few years, baseball movies have found a home in Topps Archives. There was Major League in 2014 and Bull Durham in 2016. Now, it’s The Sandlot, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018.
2018 Topps Archives The Sandlot cards start with a set of inserts highlighting characters from the movie. They use the 1962 Topps Baseball design.
Inserts have Green (/99), Blue (/25) and Gold Foil (1/1) parallels.
Autographs are also randomly inserted with Silver (/99), Blue (/25) and Gold (1/1) versions to go with the regular ones.
A checklist of characters/actors featured on The Sandlot Autographs hasn’t been released. That info isn’t usually released until a week or two before the set comes out.
Fan Favorites Autographs are back. Living up to the theme, many of these go back in time to offer signatures from popular players. But they’re not always the biggest names and sometimes you have to look locally to understand the appeal they had. Active players are also part of the mix.
These have on-card signatures and come with Purple (/15), Silver (/99), hobby-exclusive Blue (/25) and Gold (1/1) parallels.
1993 Topps All-Stars Dual Autographs go back 25 years from a design perspective to offer sigs from a pair of players. Base versions have 25 copies each while Gold Foil parallels are one-of-ones.
Topps Originals (/10) are old cards from the 1950s through the ’90s that have since been given the autograph treatment.
Time Traveling with Other 2018 Topps Archives Baseball Inserts
2018 Topps Archives Baseball has five additional insert sets that borrow from various years (or a mix of several). It starts with three sets based on subsets from the three base set designs.: 1959 Topps Combo Cards, 1977 Topps Turn Back the Clock and 1981 Topps Future Stars.
Coming Attraction takes it to a 1993 subset to spotlight this year’s rookie crop. Coming Attraction Autographs are also available. These come numbered and have Blue (/25) and Gold Foil (1/1) parallels.
In case you’re looking for rookie reprints, they’re in Topps Rookie History. These come with an insert note on the front so there’s no confusion about them being originals. Parallels come with different foil stamp colors including Purple (/150), Green (/99), Blue (/50), Red (/10) and Gold (1/1).
Topps Rookie History Autographs are only in hobby packs. These land one per case and have Red Foil (/10) and Gold Foil Stamp (1/1) parallels.
Retail value/blaster boxes come with a pair of exclusive Topps Coins.
2018 Topps Archives Baseball at a glance:
Cards per pack: Hobby – 8, Retail Blaster – 8, Retail Fat Pack – 18
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Retail Blaster – 7
Boxes per case: Hobby – 10, Retail Blaster – 16
Set size: 300 cards
Release date: August 15, 2018
What to expect in a hobby box:
• Autographs – 2