2021 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball: Retired Player Edition Checklist, Details


The name is long but the concept for 2021 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball: Retired Player Edition is pretty simple. Like the earlier Active Player Edition, all cards are autographs.

There’s some built in nostalgia beyond the checklist that’s all retired players. Instead of printing entirely new cards, they’re buybacks — original Topps cards from the past.

Signatures come on-card. There’s also a special foil stamp that’s been added, noting the year it’s from.

Everything also has a serial number matched to a specific card. Often with Archives Signature Series, players will sign several different cards. This helps keep print runs down, including an abundance of one-of-ones. This also makes a master checklist tough. Typically, Topps releases a list of signers available in the product but not a checklist of every individual card.

A small number of dual autographs are also available.

2021 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball: Retired Player Edition at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 1
Packs per box: Hobby – 1
Boxes per case: Hobby – 20
Release date: July 14, 2021

Shop for 2021 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball: Retired Player Edition boxes on eBay:

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Buyback Autographs – 1

2021 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball: Retired Player Edition Checklist

Due to the nature of the product, a detailed checklist of specific cards and print runs is not available. The following is the list of available signers in the product.

Player List

93 signers.

Buy on:

Hank Aaron
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Moises Alou
Garret Anderson
Jeff Bagwell
Dusty Baker
Adrian Beltre
Johnny Bench
Dante Bichette
Vida Blue
Bert Blyleven
Bruce Bochy
Wade Boggs
Jose Canseco
Rod Carew
Roger Clemens
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Johnny Damon
Andre Dawson
Dennis Eckersley
Cecil Fielder
Rollie Fingers
Carlton Fisk
Nomar Garciaparra

Steve Garvey
Bob Gibson
Tom Glavine
Juan Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Shawn Green
Ken Griffey Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Sr.
Ron Guidry
Todd Helton
Rickey Henderson
Ryan Howard
Tim Hudson
Torii Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Derek Jeter
Randy Johnson
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
David Justice
Derrek Lee
Brad Lidge
Tim Lincecum

Edgar Martinez
Pedro Martinez
Hideki Matsui
Joe Mauer
Mark McGwire
Paul Molitor
Mark Mulder
Dale Murphy
Mike Mussina
Magglio Ordonez
David Ortiz
Roy Oswalt
Dave Parker
Tony Perez
Andy Pettite
Jorge Posada
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken Jr.
Mariano Rivera
Alex Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez
Scott Rolen
Nolan Ryan
CC Sabathia
Mike Schmidt

Garry Sheffield
Ozzie Smith
John Smoltz
Alfonso Soriano
Dave Stewart
Daryl Strawberry
Ichiro Suzuki
Miguel Tejada
Frank Thomas
Jim Thome
Jason Varitek
Larry Walker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills
David Wright
Carl Yastrzemski
Robin Yount
Barry Zito


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Justin 7 July, 2021 at 11:49

    So since these are original cards that are buybacks, are cards such as the 1993 Topps Derek Jeter above still considered true rookie cards by the Beckett database or even those within the collecting community? Just curious as I’ve never opened or purchased any of this set before?

    • Ryan Cracknell 8 July, 2021 at 08:20

      @Justin – It would be an autographed version of the player’s RC but not a “new” RC. It’s basically like taking a player a copy of their RC to a game and having it signed.

  2. Daniel Dunn 14 July, 2021 at 01:10


    I am new to the hobby where would one go to purchase these sets before they hit the resale market such as eBay

    • Ryan Cracknell 14 July, 2021 at 12:24

      @Daniel – For hobby, you’d have to have a business and open up an account with the card companies and/or distributors. For retail products, check the store’s website and shelves.

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