2018 Topps Archives Signatures Series Retired Edition Baseball Player List and Details

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2018 Topps Archives Signatures Series Retired Edition Baseball combines two things: autographs and old cards (“old” being a potentially loose term). The product is all autographed buybacks from players who are no longer active, including some Hall of Famers.

2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition Baseball Nolan Ryan

As with past Archives Signature Series sets, like 2018’s similar Active Player version, boxes are a single-card affair.

The buyback cards used as the foundation 2018 Topps Archives Signatures Series Retired Edition Baseball come from throughout the Topps portfolio. Base cards, inserts, even memorabilia cards are possible. These are original cards from the past that have since been signed by the player.

2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition Baseball Pedro Martinez

Each card comes with a couple of things that show it’s from this product and not just an aftermarket autograph. First, cards have a Topps Signature Series foil stamp that also has the year. Cards also come serial numbered.

Usually with Topps Archives Signature Series sets, players have several different buybacks. This means lots of variety. It also means individual cards have smaller quantities.

2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Edition Baseball at a glance:

Cards per pack: 1
Packs per box: 1
Boxes per case: 20
Release date: October 3, 2018

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Autographed Buybacks – 1

2018 Topps Archives Signatures Series Retired Edition Baseball Checklist

The following is a list of players with autographs in 2018 Topps Archives Signatures Series Retired Edition Baseball. A list of card specifics and print runs hasn’t been released, nor is it expected.

77 players.


Hank Aaron
Roberto Alomar
Steve Avery
Carlos Baerga
Jeff Bagwell
George Bell
Johnny Bench
Craig Biggio
Wade Boggs
Bobby Bonilla
Lou Brock
Rod Carew
Steve Carlton
Ron Cey
Roger Clemens
David Cone
Eric Davis
Andre Dawson
Dennis Eckersley
Rollie Fingers
Carlton Fisk
John Franco
Andres Galarraga
Jason Giambi
Dwight Gooden
Juan Gonzalez
Ozzie Guillen
Rickey Henderson
Charlie Hough
Derek Jeter
Bo Jackson
Reggie Jackson
Davey Johnson
Randy Johnson
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
Cleon Jones
Brian Jordan
David Justice


Al Kaline
Sandy Koufax
Ray Knight
Mark Langston
Barry Larkin
Sparky Lyle
Bill Madlock
Edgar Martinez
Pedro Martinez
Hideki Matsui
Mark McGwire
Manny Mota
Mark Mulder
Phil Niekro
John Olerud
Roy Oswalt
Andy Pettitte
Mark Prior
Edgar Renteria
Cal Ripken Jr.
Brooks Robinson
Ivan Rodriguez
Nolan Ryan
Tom Seaver
Gary Sheffield
John Smoltz
Darryl Strawberry
Dave Stieb
Frank Thomas
Jim Thome
Luis Tiant
Frank Viola
Billy Wagner
Bernie Williams
Matt Williams
Dave Winfield
Kevin Youkilis
Carl Yastrzemski


Special 1-of-1 Player List

38 players.


Joe Adcock
Richie Ashburn
Milt Bolling
Ray Boone
Bill Bruton
Don Drysdale
Carl Erskine
Bob Feller
Bob Feller
Mark Fidrych
Joe Garigola
Billy Herman
Jim Hunter
Monte Irvin
Don Larsen
Eddie Mathews
Roy McMillan
Sam Mele
Johnny Mize


Bobby Murcer
Mel Parnell
Johnny Pesky
Jim Piersall
Pee Wee Reese
James Rhodes
Jim Rivera
Al Rosen
James Runnels
Andy Seminick
Roy Sievers
Ken Silvestri
Roy Smalley
Duke Snider
Warren Spahn
Virgil Trucks
Dick Williams
Ted Williams
Ed Yost


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9 comments

  1. Richard 19 June, 2018 at 13:35

    At least these buy-backs have a stamp showing what product they were issued in. Too many products have buy-backs that are impossible to know the origin and they keep using the same cards but instead of 1/36 its now 1/39 and very confusing.

  2. Jason 20 June, 2018 at 07:54

    Any idea what the price point will be on this? Is there a complete checklist available anywhere?

    • Ryan Cracknell 20 June, 2018 at 10:11

      @Jason – Price will likely be comparable to other Archives Signature Series sets. Full checklists have never been released for these outside of player lists. And those usually aren’t made available until about a week before it comes out.

  3. Bob 25 August, 2018 at 14:49

    Everything looks the same. Show some originality. Cookie cutter Too many action photos. Disposable. Nothing memorable.

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 August, 2018 at 16:33

      @Bob — The product is all buybacks — old cards that have been autographed. By its very nature, it’s not supposed to be original.

    • Ryan Cracknell 5 November, 2018 at 15:16

      @Chris – The separate list is for players who have one card total throughout the product.

    • Ryan Cracknell 18 January, 2019 at 01:42

      @David – Because there’s only one, it’s tough to say as it would only be based on its last sale. Congrats on a great card!

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