First Look: 2013 Topps Archives football


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Football card history never looked so good.

Topps released the first images of its upcoming 2013 Archives football series Monday, with the set relying on four different iconic designs – 1959, 1976, 1985 and 1986.

The base set contains 200 cards of veterans, legends and rookies, similarly to this year’s Archives baseball release.

Fan Favorites Autographs – inserted two per hobby box – feature such players as “Ickey” Woods, Ben Coates, Christian Okoye and Mercury Morris.

Original signed cards and USFL buybacks can also be found, but each are numbered to 10.

Some hobby boxes will include Tall Boys autographs box toppers – to-scale replicas of the famous 1965 cards.

As if all of that nostalgia wasn’t enough, the boxes themselves will feature cards printed directly onto the bottom, just as Topps did in the 1980s.

The set is scheduled for a mid-April release.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


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  1. zotster 22 October, 2012 at 22:57

    Looking forward to this – but not so sure about the years they picked. I think most of Topps’ best football designs came from the 1970s. Wouldn’t have minded seeing the TV-set 1966 design, or 1977 or 1974, even 1980. The 1976 is good, 1986 is OK, 1985 is ugly (why not 1984?).

  2. KayZee 23 October, 2012 at 09:18

    I was a big fan of this as a baseball release, even though I’m not a big baseball collector. My only hope for this is that there is a large enough auto set to relieve worries of getting multiples upon multiples of the same cards, while at the same time not having so many “lesser names” as to make it feel too watered down.

    I know, I want the impossible..

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