2018 Topps Archives Has Some Sneaky Venezuelan, Logo Swap and Signature Omission Parallels
2018 Topps Archives Baseball has nods to the past at every turn. From old designs to inserts that riff on the company’s heritage to a checklist that prominently features stars, nostalgia is the beat. But some of those nods are a little less obvious — like with some parallels that vary based on the part of the checklist the original base cards are from. 2018 Topps Archives Venezuelan parallels are only noticeable on the back. Signature Omission and Logo Swap versions offer up different fronts but are subtle enough they’d be easy to skip over.
You probably don’t want to.
Here’s a look at all three types, what to look for and what cards they cover.
2018 Topps Archives Baseball Venezuelan Parallels
Cards Covered: #1-100
Odds: Blaster: 1:108 packs, Retail Value: 1:48 (combined with Signature Omission)
Where to Look: on the back (color of card stock)
The first 100 cards on the 2018 Topps Archives Baseball checklist are based on 1959 Topps Baseball. The first 196 cards in that set had a special release for the South American market similar to how O-Pee-Chee cards were available in Canada.
Topps Venezuelan cards are noticeably more fragile, printed on lesser-quality paper. They also have darker brown backs versus their Topps counterparts, which is mimicked with these 100 parallels.
It’s worth noting that some online sellers are calling these parallels “Grey Backs.”
2018 Topps Archives Signature Omission Parallels
Cards Covered: #1-200
Odds: Blaster: 1:108 packs, Retail Value: 1:48 (combined with Venezuelan)
Where to Look: on the front (no facsimile signature)
Both the original 1959 Topps and 1977 Topps Baseball sets have facsimile signatures on the front. The pre-printed autographs are integrated into the design. Not surprisingly, the first 200 cards in 2018 Topps Archives Baseball, which are rooted in 1959 and 1977, get the same treatment.
However, on the tough Signature Omission parallels, the facsimile signatures are removed.
2018 Topps Archies Logo Swap Parallels
Cards Covered: #201-300
Odds: Blaster: 1:215 packs, Retail Value: 1:96
Where to Look: on the front (Topps logo)
1981 Topps Baseball uses the simplest of marks for the company’s brand, a word mark in basic block letters. So do cards #201-300 in 2018 Topps Archives. However, for the Logo Swap parallels, those block letters are switched out for the old “hook” logo.