First look: 2015 Topps Archives baseball cards
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps is dipping back into its archives once again for another edition of Archives.
That was the news Friday when the company unveiled the first looks at 2015 Topps Archives, a two-autograph-per-b0x trip through the past photos and designs in the 60-plus year history of the company. The brand is set to arrive on June 10.
Every 24-pack box will include eight cards per pack, while every case will include 10 boxes. The basic set will consist of 300 cards using the designs from 1957, 1976 and 1983. Each card also will have three parallels as well as a set of printing plates. The parallels will be Silver, Gold and 1/1 Black cards. All three will be numbered, though production amounts had not yet been finalized.
Each box will have two autographs inside with the Fan Favorites cards also found with Silver, Gold and 1/1 Black parallels just like those from the base set. A new inclusion for 2015 will be 1990 Topps No. 1 Draft Picks autos — cards using that year’s basic design for past draft picks from all years — which will have the same parallels.
Topps Originals autos also can be had — they will be numbered buyback autos — in limited quantities.
Among the insert cards will be 1990 No. 1 Draft Picks with the same array of parallels along with a 1968 Topps Game insert as a nod to that set from the past. The 1990 set gets yet another push with 1990 All-Star Rookies as the company looks back 25 years. These, too, will have the same three parallels as well as an autographed version. Presidential Chronicles cards will look back at U.S. Presidents in both standard-card and cut-autograph form.
A preliminary checklist was not released.
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