2022 Topps Archives Baseball Has Layers of Nostalgia

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Whether you collected baseball cards at any point between the 1950s and 2000 or so, 2022 Topps Archives Baseball is looking to tap into the era you consider nostalgic. That means plenty of old designs repackaged in different ways and some players from the past who don’t appear in a lot of sets.

It also means, like recent years, that hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs.

2022 Topps Archives Baseball Checklist Overview

Three hundred cards make up the base set. As per Archives tradition, it uses multiple designs from the Topps Baseball portfolio. This year it’s 1963, 1978 and 1987 — the same set that’s inspiring inserts in this year’s Topps and Topps Chrome, among others.

2022 Topps Archives Baseball Cal Ripken Jr.
2022 Topps Archives Baseball Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Parallels come in several levels and colors including:

  • Rainbow Foil – /199
  • Green – /125
  • Silver – /99
  • Red – /75
  • Red Hot Foil – /50
  • Blue Foil – /25 (hobby only)
  • Orange Hot Foil – /15 (hobby only)
  • Foilfractor – 1/1
2022 Topps Archives Baseball Blue Oneil Cruz

Variations also exist for select cards.

Autographs

The emphasis for Archives’ autographs continues to be on-card signatures.

This starts with the cornerstone Fan Favorites Autographs. A mix of current and retired players, these are notable for not necessarily being all your typical stars and rookies. Sure, there are some of those, but look for them to be found alongside local favorites and players who had bursts of greatness rather than Hall of Fame careers. Similar to the base set, these use past designs, adding another nod to nostalgia. These have Purple (/150), Silver (/99), hobby-only Blue (/25) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Fan Favorites Autographs Premium are reserved for the legendary names. Numbered to 50 or less, they’re also more scarce than typical Fan Favorites Autographs. One-of-one Gold versions are also available.

Topps 1993 All-Stars Dual Autographs have ink from two players. Blue (/25), Red (/10) and Gold (1/1) versions are available in addition to the base versions.

Topps Originals Buyback Autographs (/10) deliver autographs on old cards — not reprints.

Additional Inserts

Most of the inserts in 2022 Topps Archives have various nods to the baseball card past.

1961 Topps MVPs (1:6 packs) use the vintage subset to highlight current award winners. For some players, serial-numbered Autographs are also on the checklist. Silver (/99), Blue (/25) and Gold (1/1) autograph parallels make for an even tougher chase.

Shrinking things down, 1988 Topps Big Minis draws its inspiration from the ’80s. Autographs for select cards have 20 copies each.

1992 Topps Major League Debuts draws from the ’90s design to highlight a mix of greats and young players from their earliest days in MLB. Some players get the autograph treatment as well, which also have Purple (/150), Silver (/99), Blue (/25) and Gold (1/1) versions.

2005 Topps Draft Picks isn’t dedicated to the latest draft class. Nor is it about players who were picked 16 years prior. Rather, the 2005 Topps subset’s design is used for the latest rookie crop. At 1:24 packs, they’re also one of hobby’s tougher standard inserts to pull. Select cards also have Autographs that have Purple (/150), Silver (/99), Blue (/25) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Showcasing a variety of 2021 headlines and highlights, 1955 Topps Scoop (1:6 packs) branches out into a set that was originally more than baseball.

New to 2022 Topps Archives Baseball are Topps Postcards (1:8 packs). Rather than taking old baseball card designs, these are done to look like classic postcards, paying tribute to various MLB cities. Topps Postcards Autographs have Blue (/25), Red (/10) and Gold (1/1) parallels.

Hobby boxes also include on Oversized Topps Postcards insert. Rather than being traditional trading card size, they’re, well, postcard-sized.

2022 Topps Archives Baseball at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 10
Set size: 300 cards
Release date (subject to change): October 12, 2022

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • 1961 Topps MVP – 4
  • 1992 Topps Major League Debut – 4
  • Topps Postcards – 3
  • Oversized Topps Postcards Box Toppers – 1

Recent Topps Archives Baseball releases:

The full 2022 Topps Archives Baseball checklist and team set lists will be up as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set’s release.

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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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6 comments

  1. Justin 6 April, 2022 at 06:00

    I have to say, this looks like the best Archives set since 2014. While I wish they had a big draw (like the 2014 major league set), they selected three iconic designs for the base set and have some good inserts.

    The big question is will Topps delivery a quality Autograph lineup and will the minor star players be kept on cards in the era they played in? (Seeing Mark Loretta on a 1960 design just felt weird lol)

  2. Phillip 6 April, 2022 at 10:41

    Hi I think I have a mint condition mickey mantle topps card and like to check it’s worth

  3. Jon D Lavezza 7 April, 2022 at 06:01

    Looks 🔥 and I’m tough on Topps stuff , but this looks loaded with higher value stuff even if tough pulls

  4. William B. 10 April, 2022 at 17:02

    I started seriously buying packs back in 1978. Since then I have always envisioned a Babe Ruth card with the ‘78 design. Maybe the Ruth card in here all have that ‘78 design!

  5. Aaron 13 April, 2022 at 14:53

    The first cards I remember getting in packs are the 1972 Topps…and it seemed like the cards got thinner and thinner every year up until I stopped collecting in ’89.
    As far as I know, this is the first time Topps will reproduce the ’78 design.
    I was never a fan of the original ’78’s, but seeing the Guerrero card has piqued my interest…plus, they will probably be on a thicker stock than the originals.

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